A Gmail account (googlemail) is free and secure. LAYERS more secure than those silly Hotmail and Yahoo accounts that many use, and seem really absurdly easy to hack into.
Anyone still using these really should wise up, and dump them fast.
You get a MASS of free email storage with Gmail - 1 or 2 GIGS as I recall. You never need delete ANYTHING ‚Äď that is enough storage for 100,000 or so normal emails.
Just leave the account there and forget about it, and re-forward all incoming emails from there to your usual account.
Change your email account for stampboards to be your gmail account, and take 30 seconds to set up the ‚ÄėPOP Forwarding‚Äô option there under SETTINGS.
A cinch to do ‚Äď see diagrams below of how to do this. I am not tech savvy, so if I can do it, ANYONE can.
Whether you use a PC or a MAC or a portable device, this works for all.
Via the "POP Forwarding" divert button in gmail, you can then have all incoming emails diverted to your usual account - whether bigpond, optus, msn, btinternet or whatever, anywhere on the globe.
The advantage of this is that you get all stampboard advice emails for starters.
You never need to even open the Gmail account - it all occurs like magic.
The OTHER advantage is, that if your Outlook or Outlook Express account or software crashes or corrupts, (not unheard of at all) you have Gmail there, to rescue a lot of regular user email addresses from.
OR if you usual IP goes down for service or tech outage you can send email via Gmail and have records of them.
If your laptop is lost or stolen or damaged, or corrupts, a ton of your usual contacts will be sitting safely in Gmail ‚Äď that you can access anywhere on the globe.
A power surge or corrupt motherboard would often lose ALL your emails - do you realise that?
Telstra bigpond my own IP, went down this year for near a full weekend. No emails in or out, but as I was able to use Gmail during that time, so my business did not miss a beat.
So no matter whether you generally use bigpond, optus, msn, AOL, btinternet or whatever, you are wise to give your Gmail account as your PRIMARY address to friends, business, Bulletin boards etc, and simply have those incoming emails divert to you preferred inbox.
Gmail have superb spam filters, and nothing dodgy seems to get past them. The spam sits there for 30 days and then auto deletes. Another great reason to have gmail as your MAIN account and diverting to your regular one. Basically it is a free and secure INSURANCE POLICY, and anyone reading this should give it SERIOUS thought.
I‚Äôve used it for years and it has been a dream run for me, so I am simply passing on this common sense tip to set yours up the same. Simple tutorial below on how to do it.