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  • OT: Free E-Mail And Privacy

    I am thinking about setting up one of those free e-mail accounts with Google or Yahoo or some such. But I am wondering about privacy. Anyone have any experience or knowledge in this area.
    Paul A.
    SE Texas

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    I have had my Hotmail account for years and have had no problems, I only give it out to friends and family. I also have a Yahoo account that I use if I need to register with a web site or such, it gets a lot of junk-mail.
    I haven't had any privacy problems, but they are kind of public accounts.
    The good part is, change service providers fairly often and don't have to change my email address that everyone knows.
    "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."~ Thomas Jefferson

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    • #3
      I use Gmail. It does seem to know "certain" things that are typical of google, and in line with what google does.

      As far as privacy goes? As far as Gmail, I can only assume there isn't any.

      So I use it accordingly.
      Gene

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      • #4
        I've been using Gmail for a while now and I have *NEVER* received any Spam in my Inbox. They've got some pretty good Spam filters in place.

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        • #5
          Nothing in life is "free" seems there is a value to an email address. Every time I sign up for something, more junk mail. And I'm cautious, think I've handed out my email address maybe 3 times this past year and yikes, the junk! Last time was to sony cause I needed a manual. Never know who's going to sell it for a few penny's.
          Cheers, Bob

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          • #6
            I wasn't so worried about SPAM as about what Google or Yahoo or the Hotmail people might do with the information in the messages I send and recieve. I read their policies and left completely confused. Their lawyers can be proud.
            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            Make it fit.
            You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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            • #7
              I have a Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, Aol and Verizon account, with several user names under each account..

              As far as "privacy" goes its only going to be as private as you want it. You want it real locked down and private, only email to one person. I have some accounts that are like that. I dont get any spam on those.

              I have a hotmail account that I will give out freely to whatever web page, I get tons of spam on it...

              You still have to control who you give the address to... JR
              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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              • #8
                I use Gmail and it works great. One of the few free ones that supports IMAP protocol which allows me to keep all me email straight between my home mac and my iphone. When I read a email on my mac it is marked as read on the iphone and vice-versa. Also marked as read if I go the the web gmail.

                Gmail is as private as any other service. If you want true privacy send your messages encrypted.

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                • #9
                  I do the same as Jrouche, and smiller6912

                  My yahoo address is my 'regular' email, use hotmail as a spam cache.
                  I did keep two hotmail accounts, had them since before hotmail was microsoft, but they changd hotmail and I just don't care for the new format at all, (tuned it up for the kiddies it seems) so closed the one account and use the remaining one for potential spam.
                  Hotmail doesn't seem to catch spam for crap any more, I've added my own yahoo address to the spam filter, and every single time I tried it goes right through like it was on the approved list.

                  Of Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo, I think the Yahoo is the most 'functional' things marked spam end up in the spam folder, and settings you make are kept through log-on/off.

                  Always seemed to be pretty secure too. For hotmail, all you have to do is click 'forgot my password' enter the security code, and you're in.

                  Ken.

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                  • #10
                    So with Gmail, can you download the mail to your own e-mail program and send mail from there? I am kind of partial to Eudora.
                    Paul A.
                    SE Texas

                    Make it fit.
                    You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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                    • #11
                      A good test of email privacy and gmail: Open an account - they're free. Then send mail to a friend and start up a conversation about how hot to buy a particular thing you are. For example, a kitchen appliance or new roof, or some other top dollar item. Keep the conversation going for a while, mention prices, colors, what ever. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the Google ads on pages you visit and see how long it takes for the ads to converge on the item of interest you discussed in the email. Normally the ads will converge on your topic rather quickly.

                      I'd be interested in knowing what else they're doing with what they know from reading the mail. There's a reason they're in the data business.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paul Alciatore
                        So with Gmail, can you download the mail to your own e-mail program and send mail from there? I am kind of partial to Eudora.

                        Yes Gmail works well with your favorite email prog, it's the main reason I tried it out. from what I understand it can be easily accessed through a phone.
                        I tried a couple different progs to use gmail, but figure since I'm online I may as well read it on the web.

                        Ken.

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                        • #13
                          Gmail supports POP and IMAP for mail protocols. Just pop in the needed info in eudora or whatever and you never need to log into gmail via web again.

                          Big deal, so it looks at keywords as it display the email and directs ads that might interest you. Not really an privacy issue in my mind. Not like a human is reading it. No worse than using the search engine. Every time you search for something you IP address is recorded. Unless you are using a Proxy Server they can track down where you are.

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                          • #14
                            E-mail privacy is an oxymoron. Unless you routinely encrypt your e-mail it can be interecepted and read at any step in the system exactly the same as a postcard in snail mail.

                            Unless you are using a Proxy Server they can track down where you are.
                            Not necessarily. I am on satellite and my ip belongs to the Toronto area. There is no formal allocation of IP addresses to actual physical location. The only reason it is possible to track it is because large databases have been developed using "snoopware" to figure out where major service providers have been allocating their address blocks.
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                            • #15
                              I'm on board with Evan, et al. with this.

                              The internet doesn't have any guaranteed rights of any kind - the same place you can download images illegal in 90 countries and copyrighted music and movies is probably not the place to be expecting a whole lot of privacy or security without some serious work.

                              You can use ANY e-mail provider for secure email provided you download the messages locally with your own client, and use something like gnupg for encryption. If this is too much work, then you didn't need the security in the first place.

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