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I obtained a “personal email address” years ago: firstname.lastname@example.org. Since it is based on my name, my friends, relatives, and business associates usually can remember it or can find it with a quick Google search. I find that to be much better for my purposes than using a “generic” address such as email@example.com. I detest hard-to-remember numbers in email addresses. Others may actually like such cryptic addresses because it adds a tiny bit of obscurity. That may be desirable for the privacy advocates. The methods I will describe in this article can be used for either purpose: you can create email addresses that are either easy or difficult to remember. Your choice.
NOTE: See the footnote for VERY private email services.
I know there are dozens of ways to obtain email addresses as low cost or even zero cost. I cannot possibly describe all possible methods but will document several that have impressed me.
The cheapest method of obtaining an email address is to sign up with Google’s Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or most any other provider of free email services. After all, these services are free, an attractive offering for many people. The downside is that these services all have millions of customers and most of the more desirable email addresses were snapped up years ago. Unless you have a very unusual name, you will be forced to use an unusual spelling or to use hard-to-remember numbers, such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
My preference is to obtain my own domain name. If not already taken by someone else, anyone may obtain a domain name based upon their name or a personal interest or most anything else they wish. The owner of that new domain name then can create one or more email addresses that use the new domain name, such as email@example.com. (That domain name is used only as an example. @smith.com is already taken by someone else.)
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