I hope I can post this here as I know
there are a lot of smart technical people on FD.
I recently changed cable/internet providers. I've always used the telco provider's email service for "personal" emails. I've had to switch providers a couple of times in the last 3-4 years and it's a real pain to have to notify all your friends and family about your new email address not to mention updating all your online accounts.
One solution is to use an email service like Gmail. I have a Gmail account for many years but never used it. I've always been leery of using Gmail as I know they scan your emails so they can deliver ads. I'm not not comfortable with this. I know Google tracks tracks just about everything you do but scanning my inbox, however banal its content, crosses the line for me. It's downright creepy. However, they do provide utmost reliability and security. I really like Google's 2-factor authentication, something that telco's don't provide. And it's free.
I do not use Gmail's web interface to app. I use Mac Mail and iPhone mail so I don't see any Gmail ads, but I'm sure my mailbox content will drive ads displayed elsewhere like web and YouTube. Are my concerns overblown? I see that a lot of people use Gmail these days. Has everyone just accepted that Google is scanning their messages?
Another solution might be to register a personal domain and host my mail somewhere. I like this idea. I get a permanent email address and don't have to worry about anyone looking at my messages (at least I hope so). But what email platform do you go with that provides reliability and security comparable to Gmail?
Looking forward to comments and suggestions.