It Might Be Time to Upgrade Your Email Service Provider

How long has it been since you set up your email address? If you’re like most boomers, it’s probably been a while. If you’re still using a Yahoo or AOL address, it might be time to make the switch. Worse still, if your email address is tied to your internet service provider, it’s definitely time to make a change.

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The Issues with Certain Email Addresses

Emails tied to a service provider are a bad idea in case you ever have to change providers. Plus, the level of support is often abysmal because they aren’t really in the email business. There’s often a lack of features, including those which provide security, as well.

As for Yahoo and AOL, they’ve both had security breaches. Not to mention those email addresses may make you appear old and out of touch anyway.

Why not get a permanent, secure, functional address that works in your favor?

Your New Email Service Provider

Our top pick for ease of use, security features, and cost (it’s free!) is Gmail. It’s also pretty much the gold standard when it comes to free email service providers. It’s likely your kids and grandkids already use it, too.

It has lots of great productivity features and can even help you write emails faster. It makes it easy to sort and organize your mail based on its content and helps cut down on clutter. Additionally, it’s secure. That means it’s one of your safest options.

On top of all that, it’s easy to set up a new account.

Getting Started with Gmail

Setting up an account is super easy, and Gmail essentially walks you through it every step of the way. Once you have your new account, some things will already be automatically done for you.

For example, Gmail starts you off with tabs for primary, social, and promotional email boxes. Primary is where your most important emails go. Social includes emails sent from various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As for the promotional tab, that’s where newsletters and marketing emails that you’ve signed up to receive will go.

Google will automatically sort emails that fall into these categories. But don’t worry, you can train it to put emails from certain sources into any category you choose.

You can also mark high priority emails as such. This makes it easy to find the messages that are most important to you.