gmail alternatives??

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  1. lasloduncan macrumors regular

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    I am completely and totally committed to getting off of gmail forever, and google, as much as possible. I have dozens of email addresses (gmail) that have only to protect my privacy as much as possible. Yeah, I know that is pretty weak nowadays. but it wasn't always that well known that we had NO privacy--so it worked to some extent-but now google has gone way to far with google plus and all that is -- and ALL if the hassle to get rid of and work around it. I refuse. i will start over but with what provider?--I cannot be the only one with this annoying problem-paying is an option. Startmail comes to mind- anything to stay away from google as much as i can---thank you all
     
  2. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    Use your @me.com email address
     
  3. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    @icloud.com, and DuckDuckGo search engine (no tracking).
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Buy a domain name, pay for hosting, and use your own server.
     
  5. boast macrumors 65816

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    Very good advice, well worth heeding.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    You don't need hosting.
     
  8. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Why don't you just use the email that comes with your ISP ?
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I have been using iCloud Mail and have liked it for the most part. The only issue I see with it is that it takes up your 5 GB free iCloud allotment. If you send and receive many large attachments then that 5 GB may go quickly. It is just fine for me and I appreciate the solid integration into OS X and iOS. I recommend that you avoid an ISP email address as if you change ISPs then you lose that email.
     
  10. Wheelie4 macrumors regular

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    You could check out http://protonmail.ch mail service which is a new service dedicated to privacy.
     
  11. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    can you still get one of them, or is it now @icloud.com?
     
  12. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    i'm not sure. I have an @me.com account. I can also use the same address with the @icloud.com ending and it will go to the same mailbox. Maybe try sending yourself an email with the @me.com endingg and see if it goes to your icloud mail inbox?
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think @me is available any longer. Those that have them can still use it, but you cannot get a new one. The same for the older @mac, those who belonged to iTools have the @mac available for them but new members of the iCloud are not so lucky.
     
  14. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    Silly me, I let my @mac address go due to too many work related others. Then had @me which I am glad I gave up as its too ego centric for my tastes. Now I have @icloud which is OK but still on Apples server (obviously).

    Don't want to setup my own, yet already have the server in place. So I'm following this thread also …:)
     
  15. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    You could try outlook.com. I want to get off Gmail as well. Buy a domain and hosting and use that email.
     
  16. duervo, Apr 7, 2015
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    duervo macrumors 68000

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    Buy a domain name, and get a Synology NAS. With it, you get a destination for network-based TM backups, a NAS, and a plethora of other things (too numerous to mention here, but email server is one of them.)

    However, if you do go the "roll your own" route, don't forget to setup backups for it! Keeping the "maintaining privacy" thing in mind, that would mean (worst case, price wise) buying an additional NAS and using it as a backup destination for the first NAS, or attaching an external USB drive that's big enough to store any backups of what you want to back up. Not using something like CrashPlan (poor example, I know), because then your "private" data is on somebody else's servers, negating the whole "privacy" thing you have worked so hard to protect in the first place.

    Real privacy/security usually comes at a cost ... in more ways than one. Then again, so does convenience, depending on your point of view.
     
  17. sk24iam macrumors regular

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    You could buy your own domain (1.99 with a godaddy coupon) and link it to a free server such as zoho. I do that with business emails. However, I then link everything to Gmail so I can control all accounts from one login.
     

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