which email service do you use?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by cavi, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. cavi macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2010
    Haifa, Israel
    Hello everyone,

    I wonder how many from you are using iCloud as main email account. for me, until now, gmail is the main account but since I don't want Google to read all my emails I'm looking for "safer" solution. I tried to run Server app on my Mac mini for several months, but I found server to be unreliable and I don't have confidence with Server. moreover, when I use my home server if there is a problem with the electricity or internet line I have no access to my email box. thus, although I own personal domain name which I will be more then happy to use, I'll use "regular" extension (I thought to buy a "professional" email service from Godaddy, but 5US$ per month is 4US$ more from the amount I'm willing to pay =]).
    So, what you think about iCloud? do you have other suggestions which are not "reading" every email and are "safe" to use (with regard to privacy)?

  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I've got domain email accounts hosted by Google Apps and Office 365. They work fine for me.

    The issue isn't that Google reads emails...it's that they data mine emails. Emails are read all over the internet. That's how spam is detected.
  3. fastbagger macrumors member


    May 13, 2015
    I use and recommend fastmail.com Syncs perfect with ios/mac. $50 year
  4. RByers8252, Nov 22, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2016

    RByers8252 macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    I have a yahoo, gmail, iCloud, and hotmail account for person stuff. Just use the built in mail app for them all, never had problems with it. Use exchange app for work though to keep it seperate and link with OneDrive.
  5. bob24 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    I use fastmail.com with my own domain name.

    I have been wanting to transition to iCloud for some time as besides email I am all in the Apple ecosystem, but they neither support custom domain names nor send aliases which hare not iCloud addresses so this is a no go for me.
  6. fastbagger macrumors member


    May 13, 2015
    I would like to do the same. Sadly, iCloud email does not appear to be reliable. I wish Apple would concentrate on their cloud services and make iCloud email great. Until than I use Fastmail.
  7. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
  8. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2016
    Alberta Canada
    My own domain on a good hosting service
  9. lascott macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    I've been using fastmail for a few years now, gave up on iCloud email after they mysteriously dropped a few emails related to my home purchase.. no spam folder nothing.. they showed up on my other account just fine. It then happened a while later on an email forwarded to me by my wife.

    never again will I trust their email.

    Fastmail with IOS actually works better than apples own as it updates the message read icon real time if you read email on another device it gets updated on all.
  10. Beech07 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2015
    Gmail. Tried many time to migrate to iCloud, but never was able to fully get on board. I really want it to work and go all in on the Apple services, but I feel like you are giving reliability and features. Those are not two good things to sacrifice for the all in experience. I have thought about Outlook.com because they at least have push notifications with Apple Mail, but have never really tried it out.
  11. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011
    Have been using gmail as main email for quite a few years. Secondaries are outlook and icloud.
  12. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    As BrianBaughn says, PAID, domain-configured email through a major provider is the way to go.
  13. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    My concern is that not all 3rd party mail apps may support iCloud. Also, I see no reason to restrict myself to one ecosystem in this sense, as there is no guarantee I will stick with the Apple ecosystem my whole life.
  14. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I use gmail as well and cox my ISP for stuff I don't care about anymore.

    I don't really care so much for emails so I'm not worried if google reads all mine.
  15. tf_dc macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2016
    Using posteo.de (paid, cheap), tutanota.de (has unpaid and paid options, cheap), protonmail.ch (unpaid and paid options, expensive).

    All the three services boast zero knowledge on server side (in Posteo you have to enable disk and calendar encryption manually) and are working according to Swiss (Protonmail) and German (Tutanota and Posteo) laws.

    Tutanota and Protonmail require using browser or specialized mobile clients, as they encrypt your disk using separate passwords, Posteo you can use with any IMAP-compatible client because logon password is used for encryption (and they give a warning that once you forget your password it can be changed, but your encrypted data will be lost).
  16. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I highly recommend iCloud for all email. It has the best security and privacy and just works seamlessly across all your Apple devices.
  17. maclad macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2016
  18. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    iCloud email uses standard IMAP (and publishes the necessary server data), so it will work with pretty much every email client on the planet. You won't get efficient push email on non-Apple mobile devices though, since that feature uses an Apple-proprietary mechanism.
  19. dj1891 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2015
    Northern Ireland
    I really want to use iCloud but it does a crap job of managing spam imo.
  20. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    That is not entirely true. For what they call "ingress encryption" ("Eingangsverschluesselung") you have to provide an S/MIME public key. They will then encrypt all incoming mails using that key (which only you can decrypt using the matching private key). It is true though that you can use the feature with most common email clients, since S/MIME is widely supported (including by Apple's mail clients on iOS and MacOS).

    However, to claim this is "zero knowledge" is a bit misleading, since they can of course intercept and read the incoming emails before encryption, if directed so e.g. by the government. The same is true for Tutanota and Protonmail, unless you happen to communicate with someone on the same service. The only real "zero knowledge" solution is to use some form of end-to-end encryption on the clients.
  21. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I never get any spam with my iCloud. So it seems to be working pretty well. Gmail on the otherhand gets hundreds of spam emails everyday.
  22. 1056972 Suspended

    Nov 11, 2016
    Yea but in my experience iCloud spam is crap in the other way.

    What I mean is they don't put all the spam in the spam folder, they seem to be just deleting it and that is together with a bunch of important email that I never get to see. You can't manage this either.

    My experience is a couple years old though since I haven't used iCloud email after that. Who knows it might have improved but my trust is pretty much lost forever.

    Currently using FastMail btw with custom domain, works fantastic.
  23. wngraham macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I use iCloud as basically my "personal" email. Family, friends, Amazon, my banking, etc. I have my own hosted domain address I use for mailing lists, social media, etc.

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