Creating a new email account

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I recently retired and thus lost access to the email accounts I used most. I have an old AOL account that I mostly used for Internet stuff. I had a verizon account, but they ended that. Somewhere in the depths I have a gmail account, but I don't know even what my user name is. I've looked up various options, yet I don't feel like reading 20 pages of small print. I need only to send and receive mail and occasionally photos, and I don't want to pay (well, maybe a few bucks a month if the perks are worth it--security, add-free, etc). Any recommendations? Thanks
 

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I recently retired and thus lost access to the email accounts I used most. I have an old AOL account that I mostly used for Internet stuff. I had a verizon account, but they ended that. Somewhere in the depths I have a gmail account, but I don't know even what my user name is. I've looked up various options, yet I don't feel like reading 20 pages of small print. I need only to send and receive mail and occasionally photos, and I don't want to pay (well, maybe a few bucks a month if the perks are worth it--security, add-free, etc). Any recommendations? Thanks
Thing is, any "free" email service always has a catch. They are going to try to direct market you by data mining your email and setting all sorts of cookies. It's invasive, but most of us don't seem to care. All the big players do it, including the AOL account you use. The only way to get around that is to pay for email hosting. That service typically runs around $4-5/month on up, but the upshot is that you can also pick your @name (provided it isn't taken already).
 

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Just set up a new Gmail acct? Fast, easy, integrates well with andriod phones. can back your photo's up automatically from your phone making photo sharing quick and easy. Yeah, you get your data mined and you'll get targeted advertising, but... unless your a tinfoil hatter, it's a decent trade off.
 

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I have had my own domain for over 20 years, that is my main email address. But I also have a gmail and a protonmail address. gmail for stuff I don't want to add more spam to my regular email address. proton mail I just tried out, so far I like it. I also like having an email address that doesn't have my real name in it, where my regular one does.
 

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I have had my own domain for over 20 years, that is my main email address. But I also have a gmail and a protonmail address. gmail for stuff I don't want to add more spam to my regular email address. proton mail I just tried out, so far I like it. I also like having an email address that doesn't have my real name in it, where my regular one does.
Back like a million years ago I did a lot of web design, so I also have several domains under the belt for a long time. Although, I hardly use those anymore, but good to have just in case. I currently use 3 Gmail accounts. One for trusted communication and business stuff. One for online shopping only. And one I use when I'm not 100% sure if the recipient will end up spamming me. Has been working out great so far in terms of keeping the junk out of my serious account. But I'm no fool. I know Google has eyes on my stuff by virtue of having an account.

At one point, I even had sergeymikhaylovichbrin @gmail.com. I'm amazed they didn't lock that one down. Ended up letting that one laspe though.
 

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I have one via google under my domain name, 2 on Comcast, 3 on yahoo, and the aforementioned Google account

I prefer my Comcast accounts

Who is your ISP?
 

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I've had my own domain for almost 20 years now. Used that for my main emails since then. I do have two gmail accounts as well. I've thought about the Proton Mail, but haven't gotten around to looking too deep into it.

BTW, anything using PGP for 'encryption' is only 'pretty good' since that's right in the name. If you REALLY want secure email, you need something far stronger than that.

For the majority, gmail does the job we want. I also do NOT get crap emails generated by other emails or google searches.
 

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Like others, I've had my own domain for 30+ years. One thing I do is create and give out forwarding email addresses when a site requires an email address. So, for example, Amazon would be [email protected]<mydomain.org>. This way they don't know my actual email address and if I start getting spam, et al, to it I know where they got the email address. The forwarding account just forwards it to my real account.
 

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Like others, I've had my own domain for 30+ years. One thing I do is create and give out forwarding email addresses when a site requires an email address. So, for example, Amazon would be [email protected]<mydomain.org>. This way they don't know my actual email address and if I start getting spam, et al, to it I know where they got the email address. The forwarding account just forwards it to my real account.
As a note, you can do <email>[email protected] to have the same effect.

Other than that, I'm another that says the same as above. I have my own domain. And gmail. If I wanted an account off of GOOG, I'd probably go with protonmail like the above posters.
 

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Just to be clear, I don't think the two methods are equivalent. The way I do it, I'm using "email" as a literal. Using the "+" method exposes your true email address, <email> to spammers et al, they just get rid of anything from the "+" on up to the "@". Unless you're saying to have a forwarding account, <email>, and then add the "+", which is more equivalent, and then in that case, never mind. :)
As a note, you can do <email>[email protected] to have the same effect.

Other than that, I'm another that says the same as above. I have my own domain. And gmail. If I wanted an account off of GOOG, I'd probably go with protonmail like the above posters.
 

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Get an @pornhub.com account. It's fun to watch people's faces as you give them your address.
I can picture it signing up for the discount card at the grocery store.

Clerk: "and what's your email address?"
You: "[email protected]" with the 30 as a number.
Clerk: "so three...zero...s...e...c........ " (jaw drop, dazed look, tries to pull it together)
You: "Look me up, doesn't take long."

[rofl]
 
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