+ 0 Votes Here's a really dumb question. CharlieSpencer_Palmetto Updated - 7 years ago In addition to the information rickk requested, would the respondents be so kind as to answer one more question? I've never used an Internet-based e-mail service. What do each of you see as the advantages and disadvantages over server or POP3 based mail systems? Thanks! + 0 Votes favorate email dominicd 7 years ago my favorate e-mail service is Inbox.com because it loads faster than the others and provides 5 GB of capacity + 0 Votes Yahoo wins hands down for me! gordon 7 years ago Yahoo! has just got it right with their new iterface. It's not perfect (lack of nested folders is my biggest gripe) but it works and feels like a PC based application - particularly if you have lived with Outlook/Notes in a working environment. Hotmail "live" mail is clunky and slow by comparison - I use the old interface instead (and I'm a very light user). Gmail GUI seemed like a real mess - but maybe I've just been brainwashed by Outlook/notes! + 0 Votes Let someone else manage you email gordon 7 years ago Second thought is: Let someone else manage your email (storage + backup + security etc). Personally, I don't have time to manage that complexity - email is too critical to leave it in my hands to run the service! + 0 Votes Email: POP3, SMTP Shaun.G 7 years ago I remember when there was a difference between internet mail and email I now mostly use googlemail, however, as has been said, the interface is clunky...I dont like the way the mail is sorted. I prefer folders. Yahoo, I used it once, justnever really thought of it as a genuine internet mailing account. I have use o2 but after getting so much spam, that I can never find my mail, and the fact that o2 do nothing about the spam, I stopped using it altogether. Hotmail, I never it. If for example, you dont access it for 30 plus days you loose all your email. As for running servers at home... I would do this, but again, as been mentioned, its the maintenance and back up etc of it that is costly (not just financial costs). Overall, pop3 versus smtp, speak more to people that really know what they are talking about... there are a few on here. I am sure that they would be more than willing to assist you. It really boils down to personal preference. Personally, I like the mail server direction, but I am not able to set it up yet, so I run with pop3 mail. + 0 Votes I like webmail.us nate 7 years ago I know its not free ($5/month) but its worth it. I can use my own domain name, create multiple accounts, have it sent to my phone, and not have to deal with all the spam. So far from what I've experienced their customer service has been great. I've tried hotmail and yahoo and I can't stand having to delete 100 spam emails just to find valid ones. + 0 Votes Hybrid Gmail and POP mrkahatr 7 years ago I run a large, popular website and get lots of correspondence from readers around the world. I need my own domain name as it is widely known. However, this presence brings a lot of spam with it. My presence provider supposedly uses Barracuda, but I suspect his update subscription has expired, I get well over 250 spams per day. Enter Gmail . Gmail does a great job of spam filtering. I am set up now like this: 1. I forward all mail to my account at Gmail. 2. I access Gmail via POP so I can take advantage of my local email client's features like search and sort. When I am out and about, I access Gmail using its web interface. 3. I send all mail via SMTP on my domain name server when I am at home. I have the Gmail web interface set to use my personal address as the "sent from" address. Gmail catches the vast majority of my spam, now between zero and two get through per day. My own presence provider also has a web interface, but once downloaded, it deletes the mail. Gmail keeps the messages so I can refer to old messages from the web interface. I also like the organization of messages by thread. This hybrid is working very well for me. + 0 Votes My server has... joe 7 years ago I run Sendmail with Spammassassin and Quick Spam Filter. It's accessible via imap/pop and as webmail using SquirlMail. OC, this is just for my family and a handful of friends. I do use gmail as my backup email and still have a Yahoo! mail account as a backup to the backup. + 0 Votes My 5cents worth... jaspertopsyau 7 years ago Hey there, Personally i like Yahoo, i like the new interface, very outlook style, the spam filter works very well and most of all, i like the disposable email address i can make should i need to sign up to a site that i am unsure about... soon as i start getting loads of spam - delete the disposable email. I dont know of another web based service that offers this - so this is THE stand out feature of Yahoo. I dont run my own server - mostly i cant be bothered to set it up, have thought about it, but yahoo serves me well. At the moment i use WinXP and no virus scanner - OMG thats right i dont use a virus scanner. But i dont recommend this to the average user. Also dont all reply and say im dumb - i know what im doing - and im telling you - my PC DOESNT get infected. No crossed fingers about it, i just dont do dumb things that put my pc at risk, im aware of the dangers and stay away. Anyway i digress. I use Yahoo and i check my email every day with Firefox, i also still use my isp mail (iinet) which i also check with Firefox, every few days or so, i will fire up Outlook and download my mails OFF the server for archive purposes. I am yet to find an email client as good as outlook so for now this is my set-up. This way i keep my important emails offline, because my webmail isnt cluttered i find it always runs fast. I have toyed with imap for my isp mail but i find it to be slow and unreliable. For now, i would recommend a new user sign up with Yahoo and learn how to use the disposable address feature - also that if they are not tech savvy to make sure an internet security program (like Trend Micro 06/07 which is great - i have tried it) is running just in case they dont know better and follow some dodgy link in a dodgy email. But this only stands if they user has a Windows based OS. I cant speak for linux as i have very limited experience. Personally i look forward to my next upgrade - which is to Mac OS, Vista just aint my cup of tea and XP is getting pretty damn old - plus one feature that i really look forward to is a .Mac account - which does cost money, but from what i can read, the imap set-up for mail is exactly what i want and seems to be implemented far better than outlook and my isp iinet seem to be able to manage. The beauty of a .Mac account is you can access it at your computer - from an email client, all your folders are there, your emails, your contacts, now if you go to ANY computer, any OS, you can log into you .Mac mail and viola, your emails/folders/contacts all right there in a web based format. This is what i look forward to, i may even ditch yahoo if it turns out to be as good as apple says it is... thoughts comments?..?.. + 0 Votes Gmail in POP mode with Thunderbird Tachyon 7 years ago That's my favourite. Then I don't have to deal with gmail's funky interface and no folders nonsense and I can use GPG encryption as well. + 0 Votes Others not listed nharrell 7 years ago I use all of the ones discussed (gmail,MSN/Hotmail, Yahoo) but my favorites are the UK versions of Excite and Lycos. Each take the beta interfaces prsented by Hotmail and Yahoo and have converted them and made them usable. They support filtering and spam blocking, and allow uploading/sharing of files. I never receive any messages in my Inbox from spammers, which is not the case with Yahoo and Hotmail. Gmail is slightly better, but still not up to the standard of my favorites. A word of caution: UK Excite does not support ssl login; Lycos UK does. Finally, remember that any messages of importance should be copied to your local HD or stored in more than one location. READ the EULA for ANY webmail provider and see who is responsible for the loss of your GBs of photos, etc. in the event of a crash or other problems.