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Email services

Email remains as important as ever in our digital lives and choosing the right email service can make life much easier. There are lots of email services to choose from that are packed with features such as spam filters, address book management and social networking integration tools.

Email services comparison chart for 2017

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yahoo! Mail
Inbox.com
Fastmail
Mail.com
Lycos mail
Hushmail
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
gmail has a rating of five  overall hotmail has a rating of five  overall gmx mail has a rating of five  overall aol mail has a rating of four  overall yahoo! mail has a rating of four  overall inbox.com has a rating of four  overall fastmail has a rating of four  overall mail.com has a rating of four  overall lycos mail has a rating of four  overall hushmail has a rating of two  overall
Sign up
gmail has a rating of five for sign up hotmail has a rating of four for sign up gmx mail has a rating of five for sign up aol mail has a rating of five for sign up yahoo! mail has a rating of four for sign up inbox.com has a rating of four for sign up fastmail has a rating of four for sign up mail.com has a rating of four for sign up lycos mail has a rating of four for sign up hushmail has a rating of two for sign up
Features
gmail has a rating of five for features hotmail has a rating of four for features gmx mail has a rating of four for features aol mail has a rating of four for features yahoo! mail has a rating of four for features inbox.com has a rating of four for features fastmail has a rating of four for features mail.com has a rating of four for features lycos mail has a rating of four for features hushmail has a rating of two for features
Security
gmail has a rating of five for security hotmail has a rating of three for security gmx mail has a rating of four for security aol mail has a rating of three for security yahoo! mail has a rating of three for security inbox.com has a rating of four for security fastmail has a rating of four for security mail.com has a rating of four for security lycos mail has a rating of four for security hushmail has a rating of three for security
Organization
gmail has a rating of five for organization hotmail has a rating of five for organization gmx mail has a rating of four for organization aol mail has a rating of four for organization yahoo! mail has a rating of four for organization inbox.com has a rating of four for organization fastmail has a rating of three for organization mail.com has a rating of four for organization lycos mail has a rating of three for organization hushmail has a rating of three for organization
Email creation
gmail has a rating of five for email creation hotmail has a rating of four for email creation gmx mail has a rating of five for email creation aol mail has a rating of four for email creation yahoo! mail has a rating of four for email creation inbox.com has a rating of three for email creation fastmail has a rating of three for email creation mail.com has a rating of three for email creation lycos mail has a rating of three for email creation hushmail has a rating of three for email creation
Ease of use
gmail has a rating of five for ease of use hotmail has a rating of five for ease of use gmx mail has a rating of four for ease of use aol mail has a rating of four for ease of use yahoo! mail has a rating of four for ease of use inbox.com has a rating of three for ease of use fastmail has a rating of three for ease of use mail.com has a rating of three for ease of use lycos mail has a rating of three for ease of use hushmail has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
gmail has a rating of five for help & support hotmail has a rating of five for help & support gmx mail has a rating of five for help & support aol mail has a rating of four for help & support yahoo! mail has a rating of four for help & support inbox.com has a rating of four for help & support fastmail has a rating of four for help & support mail.com has a rating of three for help & support lycos mail has a rating of three for help & support hushmail has a rating of three for help & support
Features
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Email creation
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Organization
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Security
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Extras
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Protocols
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Help & support
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Telephone support
gmail does not offer telephone support hotmail does not offer telephone support gmx mail does not offer telephone support aol mail does not offer telephone support yahoo! mail does not offer telephone support inbox.com does not offer telephone support fastmail does not offer telephone support mail.com does not offer telephone support lycos mail does not offer telephone support hushmail does not offer telephone support
Email support
gmail does not offer email support hotmail offers email support gmx mail offers email support aol mail does not offer email support yahoo! mail does not offer email support inbox.com offers email support fastmail offers email support mail.com offers email support lycos mail offers email support hushmail offers email support
Live chat
gmail does not offer live chat hotmail does not offer live chat gmx mail does not offer live chat aol mail does not offer live chat yahoo! mail does not offer live chat inbox.com does not offer live chat fastmail does not offer live chat mail.com does not offer live chat lycos mail does not offer live chat hushmail does not offer live chat
Help files
gmail offers help files hotmail offers help files gmx mail does not offer help files aol mail offers help files yahoo! mail offers help files inbox.com offers help files fastmail does not offer help files mail.com offers help files lycos mail does not offer help files hushmail does not offer help files
FAQs
gmail offers faqs hotmail offers faqs gmx mail does not offer faqs aol mail does not offer faqs yahoo! mail offers faqs inbox.com offers faqs fastmail offers faqs mail.com offers faqs lycos mail does not offer faqs hushmail does not offer faqs
Forums
gmail offers forums hotmail does not offer forums gmx mail does not offer forums aol mail does not offer forums yahoo! mail does not offer forums inbox.com does not offer forums fastmail offers forums mail.com does not offer forums lycos mail does not offer forums hushmail does not offer forums

Email services explained

There are plenty of ways for us to communicate with each other in the digital age. You can contact someone through text messages, IM, social networking websites, but the most popular and still most effective way is through email.

Most email services are completely free and offer a host of powerful email messaging features. Many offer unlimited storage space, spam filtering, address books and folder management.

Email security features

The security measures adopted by email services in recent years has meant that an industry once compromised with hackers, spam and phishing scams is now fighting back. Spam filtering techniques have dramatically reduced spam levels.

Always remember that spam filters can only go so far and you should always be careful who you give your email address too.



Rank
Gmail
Hotmail
GMX mail
Aol Mail
Yahoo! Mail
Inbox.com
Fastmail
Mail.com
Lycos mail
Hushmail