This Product Guide covers companies that are solely email providers such as Excite or Yahoo!, alongside Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that provide their customers with an email service alongside internet access.
The ISPs included in the table are: AOL, BT, GreenNet, The Phone Co-op and TalkTalk.It may not be possible to have an email-only service with them.
Google’s statement to a Californian court that its Gmail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” is wake up call for anyone using the company’s services. There are plenty of other choices on the table and we recommend that you pick one of them instead.
You can boost your email security by using encryption. According to Edward Snowden: “Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.”1
To find out more, see our online guide to protecting yourself online, the Privacy Pack from Reset the Net and Floss Manuals’ Tech Tools For Activism.
BT or not to be?
BT announced in May 2013 that it was ditching Yahoo! as the provider of BT email after customer accounts were repeatedly hacked. Internet security experts reportedly claimed that “criminals had used an international network of hijacked computers to mount the attacks on Yahoo!”2
In March 2014 the BBC reported that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was looking into how the company was handling customers’ data during the switch-over to a new company, California-based Critical Path. A whistleblower claimed the process was insecure.3
BT has been the focus of pro-Palestinian protesters due to its commercial relationship with Bezeq, a company that provides telecommunications services to illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. “BT is complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people”, said War on Want in 2010. “Tell BT to hang up on the Occupation”. You can sign a letter to BT’s Chief Executive on the War on Want website.
There are two Excite email brands on the table. The European Excite emails are owned by Irish company Populis, whilst emails from the US-based excite.com are from IAC Search & Media, which also owns the Ask Jeeves and Ask.com search engine.
This product guide is part of a Special Report on the Internet. See what's in the rest of the report.