Any feedback on AOL Mail?

Dodgeman

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I know it probably sounds a bit archaic to go want to move to this but I have a few reasons to avoid some of the other more mainstream email accounts and was just curious if anyone had any experience with them as their main email provider..?
 

Zenithal

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I used AOL mail right up until 2001 or 2002. My opinion is probably very dated by now. I believe I transferred to Yahoo! and then went to GMail during the beta. Between Yahoo!, GMail and Outlook.com, I prefer GMail for its fast interface, ability to setup complex filters and general ease of use. Yahoo! is a pain in the butt and Outlook.com is so script heavy it's slow or manages to lockup just about any browser.
 

Dodgeman

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Yeah I have heard of Zoho.
Yahoo I am just not a fan of part of it is due to hack they suffered.
Outlook and such are just ok as well.
However gmail has been great but maybe it's something I am overlooking.... I find a lot of mail goes to spam maybe I can adjust this but haven't played with the "settings"?
Also I am not a fan of the other tabs like Important and Promotions.... if can adjust those items I think I would be ok.
 

willmtaylor

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I know it probably sounds a bit archaic to go want to move to this but I have a few reasons to avoid some of the other more mainstream email accounts and was just curious if anyone had any experience with them as their main email provider..?
If you would provide those reasons, more relevant suggestions could be made.
 
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eyoungren

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AOL with Oath's new terms of service along with Yahoo is probably the worst provider now.
My very first email account was with Yahoo. Got it back in 1999, so going on 20 years now.

This is the email I hand out when I don't want someone or some entity knowing my main email address or when I expect spam. Yahoo has a fairly good spam filter.

Additionally, I mainly access it via IMAP in my email apps so I'm not usually dealing with the web interface.
 

Apple fanboy

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Come on it can't be that antiquated.
My first email address was @aol. It was a while back now!

These days I use @me.com for desired mail.
Or gmail for shopping etc.

I have a yahoo one that gets used when you have to leave an email address but you don’t want to!

Only the me.com comes through to my phone. I just log in to the webmail portal on the other two when required.
 

throwthedice

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I've heard proton mail is pretty secure. I have an account there but I'm not using it as my daily driver.
 

Dodgeman

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My first email address was @aol. It was a while back now!

These days I use @me.com for desired mail.
Or gmail for shopping etc.

I have a yahoo one that gets used when you have to leave an email address but you don’t want to!

Only the me.com comes through to my phone. I just log in to the webmail portal on the other two when required.
Yeah that big hack of yahoo, was driving me away from them and those stupid icons in their web app.
The iCloud mail would be a great option, however... & a big however I do not use iCloud I back all my apple stuff up to the computer. Plus if I ever decide to rid myself of everything apple then I am stuck with an email address tied to them...
 

Zenithal

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We could build a wall thrice over with the amount of CDs AOL sent out back in the day. I probably had gotten well over 200 CDs by the end of my service. They make decent shooting targets, though.
 
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A.Goldberg

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Yeah that big hack of yahoo, was driving me away from them and those stupid icons in their web app.
The iCloud mail would be a great option, however... & a big however I do not use iCloud I back all my apple stuff up to the computer. Plus if I ever decide to rid myself of everything apple then I am stuck with an email address tied to them...
I suppose you’re no more tied to your Apple account then you are your AOL account. You can still you iCloud email independent of Apple devices.
 

velocityg4

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Have you considered registering a domain name for your own email address? It’s pretty cheap.

Many of the hosts have no nonsense, ad free, web logins. You can change hosts whenever you want, without changing your address. If you want ultimate control. You can host it yourself.
 

Dodgeman

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Have you considered registering a domain name for your own email address? It’s pretty cheap.

Many of the hosts have no nonsense, ad free, web logins. You can change hosts whenever you want, without changing your address. If you want ultimate control. You can host it yourself.
Good option, but I may not go through all that trouble.
I may give this aol email a try. If it is not what I want guess I will stick to google.
 
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