May 1, 2008
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Free Webmail Services Comparison

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Webmail Comparison

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Everyday we send and receive e-mails from our friends, relatives, and others. We also received many spam e-mails, viruses, trojans, and phishing e-mail.

Today free webmail services have offered many interesting features and also security features. They can block spams, check for viruses and trojans, and keep your inbox clean from phishing e-mail.

However, not every free webmail services are safe! And not every services offered the same features. So, which one is better? This comparison table will show you before you make a decision to use one of them as your main webmail service.

In this section, we will see some comparisons between 5 free familiar webmail services, they are GMail (by Google), AOL, Windows Live Hotmail (by Microsoft), Yahoo! Mail, and Lycos (formerly MailCity and EudoraMail). We will compare the offered features, security aspects, and usability. Then in the next section we will check every webmail service with their detailed information.

Overview

OverviewGMailAOLHotmailYahooLycos
Addresswww.gmail.com or mail.google.commail.aol.comwww.hotmail.commail.yahoo.com or www.rocketmail.com or ymail.commail.lycos.com
CompanyGoogleAOLMicrosoftYahooLycos
Overall score
*****
****
***
**
*


Features Comparison

FeaturesGMailAOLHotmailYahooLycos
POP
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
IMAP
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
SMTP
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Mobile
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Instant Messaging (Chat)
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
RSS
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Fully Web 2.0 (Ajax)
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No


Security Comparison

SecurityGMailAOLHotmailYahooLycos
Antivirus
*****
***
****
***
**
Antispam
***
**
****
*
*
SSL (Web / https)
Yes
No
No
No
No
SSL-POP
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
SSL-IMAP
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
SSL-SMTP
Yes
Yes
No
No
No


Usability Comparison

UsabilityGMailAOLHotmailYahooLycos
Search capabilityAll ContentContent, Sender, Recipient, Subject, DateSender, Recipient, SubjectSender, Recipient, SubjectContent, Sender, Recipient, Subject
Sorting
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Free ads
Yes
No
No
No
No
StorageOver 6 GB and increasingUnlimited5 GBUnlimited3 GB
Attachment size20 MB16 MB10 MB10 MBUnlimited
From login page to inbox1 step2 steps3 steps3 steps1 step
Address book
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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