Tesco closing @tesco.net email service. Any suggestions for alternative?

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Found 28th Mar
I've just had a notification on one of my @tesco.net email accounts that Tesco will be closing their e-mail service in a couple of months time! They are rolling out this notification over the next couple of weeks to all of their e-mail users and I've double checked that it's true.

This is a right royal PITA as I use my e-mail address with a LOT of companies and changing it will take considerable work. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good alternative e-mail provider? Hopefully someone trustworthy, who is likely to be around for a long time and who I can continue to use even if I change ISP? I am not especially fond of google, gmail or microsoft, and don't mind paying a little for a good service.

Any suggestions? Thx
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+1 for Gmail. Used it for years, and their spam filter is 2nd to none.
Yes just use Gmail, same thing happened to me recently I had an old Freeserve (remember them??) email address fsmail.net and Orange (who took over) were closing it down, it's a bit of a pain but set up a new gmail address now and as you get emails to your old address get into the habit of changing things over.
mail.com is good, they give you 10 alias email adress on the account useful and quick, so manyu options
I agree. I did same with my Freeserve email last year. With Gmail you should be able to migrate your old emails from Tesco to gmail, but don’t quote me on it.
Gmail or outlook.. Id say Gmail.. Many with server address divert to Gmail because if the spam filtering.. I think most should use cloud email rather than in house server or lesser used service providers. Would stop some of the man in the middle attacks like car dealerships and solicitors although data protection may be a factor.. That's my understanding although not an expert. Just what I hear..go with Gmail
Edited by: "wayners" 28th Mar
Another for Gmail
Wow! That's quite a consensus for gmail! I will look into it. Many thanks for all your responses. Genuinely appreciated!
I use GMail (probably 10 accounts, some for business some [very] personal and some for trivia like website mail lists) and Outlook.

However I also use spamgourmet.com (not a mail service, but one which can 'swallow' junk, and forwards to your *actual* mail address). I've been using this free service to direct mail to the GMail accounts, so can (on most websites) register with a unique mail address that may later be used to identify a site which has either been hacked, or sold my mail address...

You can "whitelist" a sender - either a unique mail address, or a domain - so that mail always gets through but for other messages, there's a counter which is decreased for each message and when it hits 0, messages are no longer forwarded... A few sites reject the mail addresses because they are of the format identifier.number.username @ domain.name


As a quick example, I had a mail address blindspotmusic.12.myaccount@spamgourmet.com

I set it up in 2012. Had a few newsletters (from blindspotmusic) in 2013 and 2014 then a few days ago a number of spam items arrived, some with that address and some with hoffmannnews (a different site linked to the first by music genre). It suggests to me that a server they were on has either been hacked or has a new customer who downloaded the mail account database and is spamming everyone they had listed. After 12 messages in total I will get no more so as I had 7 of the 12 back in 2014, they will soon just be eaten by spamgourmet (and in the meantime are in my GMail spam folder)...

Remember, at no time did the sites know my GMail accounts and over the years, lots of possible junk messages have been deleted. It needs me to whitelist or reset the counter to keep getting messages. I whitelist some sites (concerning domain registration and renewal) but in other cases I get a reminder in a message "subject" that includes "Last One!"

Typical subject line, from 21 August 2014 was

Blind Spot t-shirts and releases on sale (blindspotmusic: message 7 of 12)

They have a number of alternative domain names such as dfgh.net
As I said, some sites have a problem because they consider the mail address invalid as they might allow only one full stop (eg firstname.surname @ somedomain.name ) and I do try to "educate" site owners and website developers that RFC822 says the part in front of the "@" can be mixed case and all sorts of punctuation is valid but some are dumb and cannot be bothered (just the same as most web hosting/ mail hosting services seem to convert to lower case, so I cannot have Firstname.Surname accepted on my own rented web hosting - again, this goes against the 'standard' for e-mail addresses but it makes things easier in someone's eyes (Windows cannot cope with DifferentCaseName not being same as differentcasename but Unix can!)
Another vote for GMAIL (if you have an android device, you are pretty much shovelled towards a GMAIL account as part of setting up).

Or Outlook.com (Hotmail by another name)

GMX is another one worth a look
Hotmail (outlook) and setup the two factor sign in.
webnet12 h, 48 m ago

I use GMail (probably 10 accounts, some for business some [very] personal …I use GMail (probably 10 accounts, some for business some [very] personal and some for trivia like website mail lists) and Outlook.However I also use spamgourmet.com (not a mail service, but one which can 'swallow' junk, and forwards to your *actual* mail address). I've been using this free service to direct mail to the GMail accounts, so can (on most websites) register with a unique mail address that may later be used to identify a site which has either been hacked, or sold my mail address...You can "whitelist" a sender - either a unique mail address, or a domain - so that mail always gets through but for other messages, there's a counter which is decreased for each message and when it hits 0, messages are no longer forwarded... A few sites reject the mail addresses because they are of the format identifier.number.username @ domain.nameAs a quick example, I had a mail address blindspotmusic.12.myaccount@spamgourmet.comI set it up in 2012. Had a few newsletters (from blindspotmusic) in 2013 and 2014 then a few days ago a number of spam items arrived, some with that address and some with hoffmannnews (a different site linked to the first by music genre). It suggests to me that a server they were on has either been hacked or has a new customer who downloaded the mail account database and is spamming everyone they had listed. After 12 messages in total I will get no more so as I had 7 of the 12 back in 2014, they will soon just be eaten by spamgourmet (and in the meantime are in my GMail spam folder)... Remember, at no time did the sites know my GMail accounts and over the years, lots of possible junk messages have been deleted. It needs me to whitelist or reset the counter to keep getting messages. I whitelist some sites (concerning domain registration and renewal) but in other cases I get a reminder in a message "subject" that includes "Last One!"Typical subject line, from 21 August 2014 wasBlind Spot t-shirts and releases on sale (blindspotmusic: message 7 of 12)They have a number of alternative domain names such as dfgh.netAs I said, some sites have a problem because they consider the mail address invalid as they might allow only one full stop (eg firstname.surname @ somedomain.name ) and I do try to "educate" site owners and website developers that RFC822 says the part in front of the "@" can be mixed case and all sorts of punctuation is valid but some are dumb and cannot be bothered (just the same as most web hosting/ mail hosting services seem to convert to lower case, so I cannot have Firstname.Surname accepted on my own rented web hosting - again, this goes against the 'standard' for e-mail addresses but it makes things easier in someone's eyes (Windows cannot cope with DifferentCaseName not being same as differentcasename but Unix can!)



Hi Webnet! Haven't seen you since the days of the original SIMO thread! Thanks for a really detailed answer. If I'm having to change my e-mail address then it makes sense to structure things better for the future. I've never actually been hit by spam too badly (partly because I've been really careful with my e-mail address but also because Tesco and Thunderbird did quite a good job of filtering it) but I'll have a look at spamgourmet. Appreciate the thoughts! Hope all well. Mark
Yes, been a while but I still look in now and then...

I manage many domains for clients and have several of my own.

Some of the "WHOIS" contact mail addresses are public and get plenty of spam from web design firms, 'SEO specialists" (search engine optimization), and so on, but even in the days of Freeserve when no ADSL existed, I once had 44,000 new mail messages, because 11 firms had bought a "mailing list" of addresses and some fool had created 4,000 addresses on one of my domains.

Freeserve had a (low) limit on how many MB of mail you were allowed so I had to spend a while deleting the messages (but luckily, knew how to access a POP mailbox with a terminal emulator and could feed in "delete" commands from a script, to zap 200 at a time). Had to get the number down or my mail account would be suspended...

Under most circumstances I would suggest using a domain so you can keep the mail independent of the ISP but GMail etc do a very good job. If you had your own domain you could have mail go to different GMAIL / other mail accounts so family mail would be visible on your phone, and less important messages might be collected in GMail and looked at from a laptop or netbook or tablet when you are home, and with GMail etc you can add rules to forward messages so if you wanted to generally keep Ebay messages for when you were home, you could, but if you were selling something, or bidding, you could get GMail on your "less important" account to forward any "outbid" messages to your priority (family known) mail account to get an alert on phone if you had data enabled.

As someone has indicated, you would likely need a GMail account for Android anyway, and it opens the way to unlimited photo storage (unless you want uncompressed originals to be kept, when it starts counting against a 15 GB limit). GMail can all pull in your ISP mailbox messages. I would always recommend keeping mail separate from an ISP, since the day my USA mail account with Ultra.Net was closed, after 8 years as my primary mail address... Always stuck to domains and behind the domain, a mail account from GMail, Runbox, Fastmail (latter two are chargeable, but really offer few advantages, but perhaps worth a look for someone if they consider Google's GMail service "evil"... and I have no doubt some will, even if not you).

I've been using e-mail since the 80s, when it could take a week to get a msg to Australia and another week for the reply to get back, and you had to know a few key gateways in UK, France, USA, to get it from Brighton Poly (where I worked) through Rutherford Appleton Lab, Montpelier in France, Columbia University, NY and a few more... and if you put the "%" sign in the wrong place you may get an error message if you were lucky
Edited by: "webnet" 29th Mar
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