EmailDiscussions.com  

Go Back   EmailDiscussions.com > Discussions about Email Services > Email Comments, Questions and Miscellaneous
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Stay in touch wirelessly

Email Comments, Questions and Miscellaneous Share your opinion of the email service you're using. Post general email questions and discussions that don't fit elsewhere.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 6 Mar 2018, 09:23 PM   #1
mf1941
Essential Contributor
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Sound Beach, N.Y.
Posts: 257
Outlook.com Security vs other providers

Hi to all,

Curious how using Outlook/Hotmail email stacks up against the Security conscious providers that are out there nowadays?

I use an outlook address for my main communication, an alias of it for two fairly successful home businesses and have really not experienced any major issues in the last few years.

I use a subdomain of a website provider for business and it seems to work fine.
(I do own a couple of domain names but have been too busy/sidetracked to fully implement them)

I've toyed around with a few of the other providers (Mailbox.com, Fastmail, Runbox) but always end up going back to Outlook.com.

With all the talk of hacking/identity theft etc nowadays are these smaller services markedly better or is it simply in the eyes of the beholder?
mf1941 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 7 Mar 2018, 06:49 AM   #2
TenFour
Essential Contributor
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 311
"Security" can mean different things to different people. Most of us worry about the wrong things when it comes to security. I would argue that the biggest email dangers lurk in the emails you receive: phishing attacks, ransomware, and other types of social engineering attacks that usually depend on you clicking on a link you shouldn't. In my experience the largest providers, like Gmail and Outlook.com, do the best job in scanning incoming emails and routing the bad ones into spam or oblivion (you never see them). I rarely get a suspicious message in my Gmail Inbox. Outlook.com is possibly too tight and I find that I have to check my Junk folder frequently and I always find things there I really want to see. There are many smaller providers focused on "privacy," which is a different thing. With Gmail and Outlook.com your incoming emails may be machine scanned in order to target advertising to you, but no human will ever see your emails. They have tight controls over who can see what and why. Smaller providers claim a lot of stuff around privacy and security, but it is really hard to know if it is true or not.
TenFour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7 Mar 2018, 08:18 PM   #3
janusz
The "e" in e-mail
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: EU
Posts: 4,524
Quote:
Originally Posted by TenFour View Post
Smaller providers claim a lot of stuff around privacy and security, but it is really hard to know if it is true or not.
The same is true about larger (and largest....) providers.
janusz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8 Mar 2018, 05:34 AM   #4
TenFour
Essential Contributor
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 311
Quote:
The same is true about larger (and largest....) providers.
Not really, because there are billions of users testing and using the systems every day. If there are issues they appear in the national and international news. Plus, you have the safety of being one amongst many tiny fish in a giant school of fish. The chances of you being the first one to experience a security issue are pretty small.
TenFour is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +9. The time now is 11:07 AM.

 

Copyright EmailDiscussions.com 1998-2013. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy