3 Reasons You Need a Non-ISP Based Email Address

3 Reasons You Need a Non-ISP Based Email Address

3 Reasons You Need a Non-ISP Based Email Address

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You need a Non-ISP based email address. No really, you do. I don't know about you, but I have moved a few times in my life. It might be a pain to pack up the belongings and take them with you, but at least you're able to take them with you. If you have an email address tied to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) there's a chance you may not be able to take your email address with you, especially if you move to an area where your current provider doesn't provide service.

With those thoughts in mind, below are three reasons why you need to sign up for a Non-ISP based email address.

  1. Portability – As I mentioned above, if you move there's a chance you may not have the same ISP. Consequently, you'll lose that ISP based email address. And when you lose it, you'll lose access to the emails you've accumulated over the years unless you've downloaded them. You'll also miss out on announcements and subscriptions should you not remember to update your address with the services. Should you move again, again, and again, you won't have to worry about not having a consistently “on” email address.
  2. Convenience – Using a non-ISP based email address gives you convenience. Using an email service such as Gmail, Outlook.com, or other web-based email service allows you to access your email from wherever you are using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser. Granted, a lot of ISPs offer web-based accessibility, but you'll never have to worry about not being able to access your email. You also won't have to worry about having to remember every single website you have an account with and having to go and update your email address with them before you move. Talk about a drag.
  3. Professionalism – Nothing beats having a yourname@yourname.com email address with regards to professionalism. But if you're still using an AOL email address it really is time to get with the times. Mark Cenedella, the founder of TheLadders.com, recently sent out an email where he mentioned that nearly 45% of the people signing up for his service are using a Gmail address. He also stated the following:

Because Gmail is well-known for its utility, ease-of-use, and power, using gmail as your address is a smart move that also sends the message that you're up-to-date with the times. – Mark Cenedella

One other quick consideration is to create an email address that is your first name followed by a dot and then your last name, e.g. first.last@gmail.com.

Those are the three reasons why you need a non-ISP based email address. What say you? Do you still have an ISP email address?

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