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Change ISP and Lose Your E-mail Address?

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Joe from NY writes:

I have just switched from MSN dialup to Time Warner cable. When I cancel my MSN dialup account will I lose my MSN e-mail address, my Windows Live e-mail or my favorites? My browser is IE9.

Good news! According to MSN representative Sophie from this thread, you will not lose your e-mail address and your favorites will still say if they are in Internet Explorer. I would still recommend calling MSN and verifying that information with them – just in case!

This does bring up a good point, which is never use your ISP’s included e-mail account. Why? In today’s world so much of your online communication is tied into e-mail (either receiving statements and notifications, or being able to reset a password) that it’s dangerous to keep your e-mail locked into a service you have to pay for. If you move, change providers or can’t pay for the service anymore you risk losing your link to your online accounts.

What free e-mail providers are a good alternative to using your ISP’s e-mail?

P.S. Remember to use a secure password with free online accounts. A password like “my dog is named alice” is far more secure then 5835abcd because it has more letters for someone to randomly guess.



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2 Responses to “Change ISP and Lose Your E-mail Address?”

  1. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Hi Tim,
    Your suggestion of having a free mail is better than a paid service is not entirely valid. Free service mails are prone to hacking more than paid ones because of their popularity.

    Then, their service is usually awful.You can not even communicate with them, as they don’t ptovide any Mail ID to contact. All you can do is to refer thier Help files and request help through their forum.Additionally, they are not suitalbe for business, as a free mail account makes one look resourceless.

    All these are due to the fact that legally, free (mail) service providers are NOT obliged to service / be responsible for any of their users !

  2. Maggie says:

    I have another concern. My husband and I have had our ISP with Harbornet for just over 15 years. We also have Qwest internet on our telephone bill and I guess they are the actual provider. My husband doesn’t want to give up the harbornet account because he would loose his email address of 15 years. He is also the owner of three websites of his own and does web designing. He gets his mail and as webmasters. He doesn’t have any ‘free’ accounts. I do, but I only use it for the computer classes I teach. I hate paying $45 and $75 per month for the two. Do you have a solution? Or do I need to just keep paying for two ISP’s?

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