i've pretty much come to terms with the fact that data mining is a part of the internet.
granted if i really wanted to put in the effort i could set up a co mpletely secure email server, but I'm lazy. I'm not too concerned about getting spam email about penis enlargements (i'm a girl) and low mortgages (I'm in a crappy college apartment).
Gmail is one of few providers I've come across that at least has a spam filter that works. The stuff that actually IS spam gets redirected to the spam folder 99.99% of the time (for me) and the stuff that ISN'T spam actually makes it to my inbox. Apparently this is a problem with other mail servers.
I know there are people that don't trust any corporations especially on the internet and there are others that worship google, but I like gmail.
for those of you that have voiced concerns about spam and data mining and the like, can you recommend a free email service or client that is as user friendly (ie searchable, sortable, a streamlined) as google that doesn't have those problems?
I'm not trying to be antagonistic...just wondering what other people use.
as far as clients go, I use thunderbird for my non-google emails (school and ISP accounts), and I could add google to thunderbird, but I have a sweet gmail manager extension for firefox that keeps me up to date on my email as lon gas my web browser is open.
we're all just creatures of habit i guess