I've looked through the archives and only found older discussions on this. I'm not very technologically savvy. Frankly, I don't trust the internet for anything personal. I don't have a blog, MySpace, Facebook or any other such accounts. But, I'm finding the need to have a real email account for communicating with a few people. I've lived for years without one but now it would be convenient. I'm even considering blogging. I've read so much about how email providers are NOT safe or secure. (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.,) I've also learned how supposedly safe and secure email providers like HushMail are NOT safe or secure. My question is two-fold. 1) Which free email service provider is best? And 2) What is it that I'm supposed to be concerned about when I register an email account? What kind of information is being hacked, stolen, stored, etc.? Is registering for an email account that is only used for general, personal communication something I should be worried about? Isn't that information already out there just having a computer, cell phone, online banking or other such things? I'd really like to understand the dangers and what the fuss is all about. Now that virtually everything is electronic (bills, banking, online purchases, communication, etc.,) what's the average guy to do?