|Many people ask, "Why should I
pay for an email account when I can get one for free at hotmail or yahoo or just use the one that
comes with my internet connection ISP account?
Here are some of the reasons that an email account at ParkBits
provides better service:
- You can have a much
"nicer" email address. When you sign up with a free
service like hotmail or yahoo, you are one of millions of
users. Anything like your real name is probably already in use in
many different variations. You'll have to settle for something
like jsmith13862. Any email name based on a personal interest,
etc., is probably also taken. ParkBits has a small user base and
several domain names for you to choose among, so chances are, you can
get exactly the email address you want. Keep in mind also that if
you register your own domain name or have us do it for you (currently
less than $10/year), you can truly have any user name you want with
- You can keep your email
address if you change your internet ISP. Many people have
experienced the hassle of having to change their email address when
they switch to a different ISP for internet connection service.
Many others have had their email address changed involuntarily because
their ISP merged with another company. An email address at
ParkBits is yours to use with any internet ISP, and your internet ISP
can change anytime with no effect on your email address or
delivery. If you are about to switch to broadband and will have
to give up your old dial-up email address, now is the time to get your
own permanent address. Make this the last time you'll need to
change email addresses.
- The "free" services may
add advertisements to your mail. Some of the free services
append ads to the end of every message you send. Others simply
hit you with popup ads when you access their web site to read or send
mail. ParkBits does not modify your outgoing email in any way nor
bother you with ads when using webmail access.
- The high-volume services
are often unreliable. Because of the huge volume of
messages, and because they are often the target of spammers and
hackers, users of sites like AOL, as well as hotmail and yahoo, suffer a disproportionately
high number of lost messages. In many cases, "lost" messages were
intentionally dropped by spam blocking practices as reported in
numerous news articles.
- Email you send may be
blocked if you are in a "bad" domain. If your email
address is in a domain with millions of other users, your messages may
be blocked because of bad behavior of other users in that domain.
Spammers use both personal broadband accounts and free email accounts
(which they setup automatically by the thousands using 'bots') to send
millions of spam messages daily. (In a recent check, over 90% of the
messages arriving at our mail server from hotmail addresses were clearly spam
sent from junk accounts.)
- You do not want to use your work email for personal
messages. It is very unwise to use a work email account
for personal messages. Employers increasingly monitor the
messages on their networks, and the courts have upheld their right to
do that. Thus, your personal messages could be viewed by your
employer's system administrators and could compromise confidentiality
that people expect when they send messages to you.
- You can access email via
the web and with an email client on your own computer. The
free services usually provide only web access (where they can hit you
with ads), while internet ISPs may not provide any web access.
Your ParkBits email account can be accessed interchangably via the web
or via your email client. Many people find an email client
provides the most flexibility when at home and use the web interface
(which can be accessed via any computer with a browser) when
travelling. Others always use the web interface because of its
ease and because folders are automatically backed up on the server.
- ParkBits blocks most
viruses passed in email. We filter all of the file types
that are often used to transmit viruses. Thus, new viruses are
stopped even before they are recognized by the major virus scanners.
Coming soon: user-configurable spam filtering.