If you’ve been using either a yahoo.com or aol.com email address for years, switching to a newer service, like Gmail might have crossed your mind at some time.
It may because you’re tired of the incredulous looks when you give out your email address accompanied by, “Wow! You’re still using AOL?”. Or you may be worried about security and the fact that all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked a few years back.
While many people think about switching from AOL or Yahoo, there are some things that hold them back from making the switch.
- They don’t want to lose the emails they’ve saved
- They don’t want to change their email login on all their devices
- They’re comfortable with the interface and aren’t sure of a new one
- It’s just too much of a hassle
Techie Becky takes the “hassle-factor” out of technology, including switching email providers. We provide computer repair in Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with personalized technology training & tutoring. We specialize in working with seniors who enjoy the connectivity of their technology as much as anyone else.
So, getting back to the question of whether it’s time to switch from that AOL or Yahoo email that you’ve had for years (or decades), let’s look at some of the reasons you may want to upgrade from one of those two email services.
Reasons You May Want to Ditch that Yahoo or AOL Account
America Online used to own the internet when everything was still on dialup back in the late 1980’s. In fact, a lot of people back then didn’t know there was any other way to connect to the internet other than an AOL subscription.
And Yahoo, which held its own in the past against search engine rival Google, was the among the first to offer free web-based email accounts back in the day.
But while each of these tech pioneers had their heyday in the early days of the internet, both have been on the decline as the 2000’s are nearly at the 20 year mark.
If you’re still using @aol.com or @yahoo.com as your main email account, here are a few reasons it may be time to switch.
Shed the Email Address Stereotype
Whether it’s fair or not, people are judged by their email addresses. If you’re applying for a job or a position on your homeowner’s association board, having an AOL or yahoo address can make people think you’re not tech savvy or current, even if you are.
AOL especially is tied to being “older and still hanging onto the past”, even if that couldn’t be more wrong. And even if they’re offering a similar type of email service, Gmail and iCloud are considered much more current and don’t come with that “dated” stereotype.
Personal Data Safety
Personal data has become a commodity with advertisers and that means your email may be spying on you without your knowledge.
Both Yahoo and AOL recently admitted to scanning their users’ email in order to see what their interests were, to serve up more targeted advertisements from their advertising partners. So, switching may give you a little more privacy.
History of Data Breaches
Security and data breaches go hand-in-hand with data safety. Data breaches are a big concern with personal email because they can contain information that could be used for identity theft.
Yahoo waited a while to give full disclosure of this major breach, but in 2013, every customer email account was hacked. While no company is completely immune from a data breach, if you’ve been on Yahoo, you may want to consider switching due to the history. Gmail also has a reputation for tight security.
You’d Like More Tools to Use
If you like integrations with other applications, such as being able to click on a date and time in an email and automatically add it to an online calendar, then you may want to make a move to Gmail or iCloud for email.
Both services have extra “freebies” you can use when you sign up for a free email account such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites. And for iCloud you can use your account to easily sync messages across multiple devices.
Let Techie Becky Make Switching Email Clients Easy!
Would you like to change email providers, but were afraid of losing all your messages and contacts? Don’t worry! Give Techie Becky a call. We can assist you with forwarding emails, so you don’t lose anything. We can also easily import all your contacts.
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