Updated 17 Jun, 2013, 9:01 pm IST
Top 5 potential Gmail alternatives
| by Naina Khedekar
Google’s Gmail service is arguably the most advanced and feature-packed of services for personal and professional use. There are some popular Gmail alternatives, like Hotmail, but there are many not-so-popular, yet effective e-mail services, which could be spruced up to become good Gmail alternatives. More important is that most of these e-mail services emphasize on security. We’ve listed 5 such e-mail services that are good potential alternatives to Gmail and you should try. These could be handy for those annoyed over Gmail’s new changing looks, which have been slapped upon us.
It may be an unfamiliar e-mail service for many, but we think it’s worth a try. This free e-mail service offers unlimited free storage space and has a neat and simple user interface. The Yandex e-mail account lets you connect to your other e-mail services, too, such as Gmail and Yahoo! Once you compose an e-mail, it gives you various features that you can checkbox, to make optimum use of. I particularly liked the reminder feature - if you are expecting a reply to an e-mail and don’t receive one, then the service will remind you in a couple of days. It also features options, like SMS notification to recipients, delivery status, options to insert card and videos and Yandex Search integrated with the e-mail service. Moreover, just like Gmail, it has background themes to choose from, message filters, folders, labels, and so on.
With a neat user interface, Hushmail is for those who need an e-mail account for simple, personal use. This service takes care of privacy concerns and is speedy. It ropes in Hush tools, like encryption and digital signatures. One can send encrypted emails with a security question. Set a question, to which the recipient has to answer correctly in order to check the e-mail. This encryption ensures that your private, critical e-mail is safeguarded from unauthorized access. It offers a free e-mail account with 25 MB space, but one can even upgrade it further to 1GB – 10GB. For more benefits opt for Hushmail Premium and Hushmail Business. On the flip side, you cannot recover your passphrase (read password) for the free account and you may lose your account, if not accessed once in three weeks. One can look at the new Hushmail and also at Hush mobile.
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