Last week, I showed you how to create a new Gmail account. (click here to read that article.)

I heard from a reader who has some issues with Gmail.  She writes:

“The only problem with Gmail is Google. If a person doesn’t want a Google account, then I think Gmail is out. I guess nearly everybody has a Google account, but, on reading its terms of service, I prefer surrendering my privacy a tad less expansively.”


I want to clarify one thing and then address the privacy issue. It would be impossible to have a Gmail address without a Google account because a Gmail account is a Google account. (That G in Gmail does stand for Google.)  The email address and password you create for the mail account is the same username and password you use for everything from Google Drive to YouTube, to accessing the app store for your Android device. If you have an Android phone, tablet, or Chromebook, you already have a Google account.

If you look closely at the privacy terms for other free email services, you may be surprised to find out that they aren’t too different from Google’s. Free email services don’t ask for money, what they deal in is your information.  I think it’s often more noticeable with Google because they offer so very many services.

Click here to check out Google’s Privacy Policy.

Click here to check out privacy policies for  AOL mail.

Click here to read the privacy policy for Yahoo mail.

Click here to read the policy for and other Microsoft services.

Even if you get your email address through your ISP, they may use your information in a similar fashion. It’s a good idea to look up the privacy policy and see how they handle the information.

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