"What people seem to forget is that when an email account is breached it gives the hacker the ability to access your password, which in some cases you use for a lot of other online accounts, of which these could have valued private information stored."
"Your personal information and email content becomes a product to which the free email providers sell to third parties, such as advertisers and marketing companies, who in turn make massive profits from it."
"The protection of your online data is becoming ever more important in today’s digital environment. Any “Free” online service unfortunately still comes at a cost to you i.e. your privacy."
"It is becoming more known that 'free' online services do come at a cost, the cost being the collection and distribution of your personal data for advertising purposes."
"Logging in to a website using a service such as Google allows the website to make a request for data about you. The exact data that the website is requesting pops up in a window asking for permission. Saying yes to that request adds one more tiny bridge between the virtual islands of your online self."
"...fraudsters have the ability to create realistic looking emails that can filter through or be targeted to your free email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook etc..."
"Did you know that when you send an email through Gmail, for example, you 'give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works...communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content'? At Topmail your data remains your data at all times and we will NEVER use it in any other context whatsoever."
"I was always told throughout life that “there is no such thing as a free lunch”, in other words you rarely, if ever, get anything for free in life. Especially in the case of digital services such as email providers, if it’s free then they are definitely getting something in return and it’s usually your personal information."
"In many ways I was an advertiser's dream: an eyeball with a mouse."
"If your email address is too long, too confusing or too hard to understand in conversation, then people are going to have trouble reaching you...In addition the longer, more complex or bizarre your email gets, the more likely others are to view it as spammy when they see it in their inbox."