In an auspicious endeavor to avert a big brother assault on Yahoo’s own email users, ixquick.com, a European based secure search engine company will soon test its beta version of https://startmail.com/. According to Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D., the company will offer StartMail as a private web mail system that will not scan users messages nor hold any information contained in such emails for marketing or algorithms that could potentially flag inappropriate text as criminal, for example.
In a recent press release to a number of bloggers including Detroit’s usedview.com Web 2.0, Ixquick, “the world’s most private search engine” seized the coming June 1, 2013 Yahoo self-imposed user email upgrade deadline as a golden opportunity to tout what it says will effectively be a safe harbor for all Yahoo uses who may wish to jump the behemoth’s webmail ship.
But if “timing is everything” and the Yahoo email refugees start jumping June 1, these new exiles may have to wait a bit longer. The beta version will be ready for testing in “Mid 2013” according to the StartMail.com secure home page. There prospects can complete a form to be put on a waiting list.
Yahoo offers its email users ways to “manage” or avoid some of the screening text process via an Ad Interest Manager as well as providing tips on using IMAP to absorb the Yahoo stored emails that can be uploaded to an alternative email system.
It is not clear how many Yahoo email subscribers may seek asylum with StartMail or another Web mail service. Google’s Gmail, one of the largest free webmail providers has been routinely scanning its customer’s emails for years without a mass exodus. But in an age where more people are seeking privacy alternatives, StartMail “may be just what the doctor ordered.”
If you do not want your email available to most parties, run a WebMail system off of your own Website or try an encryption program like ZixEncryption.com, Symantic.com, or SilientCircle.com, to name a few.
On the other hand, the news that Yahoo will be more aggressively screening emails mainly for the purpose of advertising, may not be cause for an all-out four alarm fire as ixquick.com hopes. What it really indicates is yet another famous adage, “You get what you pay for.” And if something’s free, whether its Yahoo.com, Gmail.com, StartMial.com, MailChimp.com, MicrosoftOutlook.com (HotMail.com), GMX.com, HushMail.com, MuchoMail.com, InBox.com, RefDesk.com, SurfBirds.com, NetZoola.com, BluWorld.org, AllIn1.com, Mailinator.com, BlueBottle.com, SFS.com, Ultimateemail.com, YourMailNow.com, Mail.ICQ.com, and less we forget Mail.AOL.com, for example, isn’t there always some type of catch?
If you’re really unsure which one to use and want to protect yourself from an FBI email investigation, perhaps the accompanying video (see above) may have what you need.