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Top free email services

Email has been around a long time. Its roots go back to the early 1970s, and the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol has been a standard since 1982. Of course, not many people were computer-savvy enough to use it back then.


These days, almost everyone with a computer or mobile gadget uses email. Hundreds of billions of email messages are sent and received every day. It's one of the most convenient ways to communicate.

It's so common, in fact, you probably don't even think about the service you're using. Perhaps you can't even remember how you chose your current provider. It may surprise you to know that not every service is the same. Some offer features that could make it worth a switch. So it's worth taking a moment to learn more about your options.

Gmail - This is the service that turned the email world upside down. Launched in 2004, it had revolutionary features like the conversation view and simple message filtering. It quickly won praise from power users and has maintained that image every since.

Nowadays, you get excellent security with full encryption, two-factor authentication and powerful spam filters. It also includes handy tools like Smart Folders that sort out important mail for you. The flexible labeling system makes keeping track of important email simple.

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