Gmail Reviews

Don't use Gmail if you value your privacy and the privacy of those you contact

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Gmail (and Google) is "free" because it harvests your private information, scans your emails, contacts, and collates this against your use of YouTube, Chrome, your browsing habits, Google Drive contents, websites you visit and adverts you click... everything... The amount of information collected is massive, creepy and you'll never undo it. If a person followed you around collecting this information you'd think it was the creepiest thing.

Worse still, this information is stored on Google servers, which can be hacked or supboenad. You also have no idea who will own that information in 10 or 20 years time, how it can be used against you or other people it contains information about, or under which legal jurisdiction.

Others who may have never agreed to Gmail/Google's Terms & Conditions (including perhaps for privacy reasons), have the content of their emails scanned if they send stuff to a Gmail address. All of that is also true for Yahoo! Mail, Outlook.com/Hotmail and Yahoo! (And some others.)

Want to improve your privacy online? I recommend this as a start.

That's a good start. Then follow the info on www.privacytools.io for further advice.

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Awesome list. Thanks for sharing! Switched from Google search to Qwant recently, works just as nicely.

For secure emails you could also add Tutanota. The entire mailbox is encrypted, plus it's open source.

Yes, Tutanota is end-to-end encrypted and open source. Better still, they are currently testing the beta version of their new interface, which looks awesome, judging from the screenshots. They also promised a calendar in 2017; I hope they can deliver that and attract even more people away from Gmail.

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Since 2007, I've had an account. I keep it because it's convenient to have. However, it's mostly used for spam and the like. I don't use it for anything personal. If it had encryption, and Google cared more about privacy, I would reconsider.

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Gmail & Yahoo are mega spies

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Gmail, Yahoo and most other services are mega spies, they collect all your data and scan it for posting targeted ads. If this doesn't concern you, they also let the authorities scan all emails as the recent Yahoo scandal has shown. The only alternative is encrypted mail because these services simply can't spy on your data.

Take a look at these encrypted email services:

There really is no reason anymore to use free spyware as the alternative options are just as easy.

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Best free webmail service, easy to access, reliabl...

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Best free email service, easy to access, reliable, fast and most comfortable.
Gmail has very thorough malware and virus checking.
Gmail offers a one-stop portal for calendaring, file storage, photo hosting, Youtube, blogging, financial advice, and more.
10+ GB of email storage space and 25 MB per email capacity.

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The most comfortable online mail-service I ever used. I recommend of all my heart. 😍

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No longer Like Gmail

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Gmail was great when it started, but now that Google wants to become Facebook, they've been slowly killing off or breaking all the good features and degrading the user interface because they think it will appeal to the lowest common denominator of users.

I fear it won't be long until they kill Gmail completely, and turn it into "Google+ Messaging" with less functionality and more pointless crap. You can't even log into Gmail anymore without Google trying to force Google+ down your throat, trying to get you to create a public profile and publicly link everything you do online to your real name and face.

Also the spam filter has never worked reliably. It flags real, important mail as spam fairly often, so I have to go through everything manually in Thunderbird anyway.

I'd gladly pay for an alternative that provides the same ease of use, labels, filters, searches, inline chat and SMS, etc, but I don't know if that exists yet. From the look of it, though, Gmail will eventually be downgraded so much that any alternative will look like an improvement.

How much money does Google even make from selling our souls anyway? If they make $10 billion a year and have 425 million Gmail customers, that's only $2 a month for each user. I'd gladly pay more than that for all of Google's products without the BS.

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it's the easiest email platform that I have ever used. I have been using it since 10 years ago (or more) and I haven't seen a better alternative for it yet.

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Easy-to-use, intuitive interface. The best email app out there.

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I like Gmail as an email service, but I need an email client that can send and receive email from my Outlook account which does not support POP, IMAP, and SMTP.

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Free, Easy to mail. Calendar and other add-ons are good.

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Gmail is a very reliable mailing software. I got used to it and definitely wouldn't change it but I think it could do with some upgrading at this point.

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Most popular mail client. And thats for a reason

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I like the synchronize feature most of all. Basically one account for all.

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User friendly and works better with low connectivity

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Easy to use, permanently improving design , helpful features. I mean it is the best web-mailing service out there. Google is always working on improving even if it is almost perfect.

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