Most of us use free email services to create email accounts and maintain them. Sometimes we use these email accounts to send very important emails. I also have experienced this. But there are times we hate these email services due to many reasons. I will describe some disadvantages of these free email services in this post.
The most important
disadvantage is the security and privacy. We cannot control our privacy
and security of our emails and profile data. All the free email service
providers including Gmail, Yahoo and hotmail say that they guarantee the
full privacy. But can we make sure that they actually do that. Most of
us receive unwanted emails (spam) even if we don't provide our email
addresses to a third party. Some of you may know that many free email
services sell their email addresses to various marketing companies.
Therefore we can't believe on the guarantees of these free email service
Another disadvantage is most of these free email
services provides simple web based email facilities where we can't do
many modifications. For an example if we use Gmail web interface to send
an email, it is very hard to add a picture from our local machine
instead of sending as an attachment. It also limits the customization of
text and images. It is hard to add a customized email signature also.
companies provide free email services to make it as a good advertising
and marketing medium. Actually that's all they want and don't care about
how it affects the email user. For an example when you log into your
Gmail or Yahoo email account, you will see advertisements in the right
side and top. This is not a big headache in Gmail, but in Yahoo it is a
real headache especially with their new webmail interface. I'm not
comfortable with it and actually it is a headache for me. I think that
most of you feel in the same way. It is possible to assume that we will
lose our actual email workspace size in the coming future where more and
more advertising and marketing methods are added to our web email
interface. Up to now, there is one way that we can stop this by
configuring an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird for our email
As far as I know, some companies and individuals pay
less attention to the emails they receive from free email services
addresses as they experience that most of them are spam. Due to this,
there is a great possibility that they will miss very important emails
sent to them. This will also affect us if we send important emails from
free email services.
Therefore it is better if you can have a
personal email account in your own domain (Ex. firstname.lastname@example.org)
if it is affordable. If not, make sure that you use an email client and
put an attractive mail subject where the receiver will put more
attention to your email.