Why life-time-email-addresses are a good idea, and how Joker.com can help with this
When it comes to email addresses, many people tend to use providers like Gmail, GMX or Yahoo!, mainly because they are free to use. But since email addresses are important for all sorts of things – have you ever forgotten your Facebook password? – it is crucial to always be able to access your mail account. Having just a free mail account for that has proven prone to failure in the past.
Maybe you remember Lycos, or the official ePost from the German Postal Service. If you had your mail address with one of those, you probably thought you would be able to use it for the rest of your life; both services no longer exist.
The same problem occurs when you use the mail address which your internet provider kindly gives you for free. But what if you want to switch because another provider is cheaper, or you move outside of their operating area?
You probably have to change your mail address as well and have to remember all the places where you used it and change it in all those places. And if you’re no longer allowed to access your current mail address because you waited too long? Changing your address or getting password reminders for all your accounts from twitter, facebook, tumblr to flickr or linkedin suddenly became nearly impossible.
How to protect your email address?
Choosing an email provider you think will exist forever is not a good idea, though some big players like GMail probably won’t just disappear any time soon (Google terminated some of their service in the past, so you never know…).
If you want to have the same email address for your whole life, it’s a good idea to get your own domain for that. Now some people might say, having just one address, maybe even with your name in the domain, isn’t a good idea regarding privacy. But with Joker.com you can add up to 40 Mail addresses per domain and use different ones for each service.
You don’t have to use your firstname.lastname@example.org address for every website registration, but it’s still good to have one “official” email for your bank, your insurance company and other official purposes. With your own domain, you’re not bound to any provider, you can transfer it someplace else whenever you like. And having your own domain, you are not limited to just one email address – using additional aliases pointing to your postbox allows you e.g. to use something like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you have to provide an email address online, and to clearly identify the source when you get spammed later (Joker.com also enables you to explicitly block such aliases).
The biggest obstacle probably is finding a domain name that suits you best and one you want to use for the rest of your life. lastname.com is likely to be reserved already unless you have an exotic and not too short last name. But since there are hundreds of domain endings there is a good chance that you find one for you, your family or your business.
Why choose Joker.com for your lifetime email address?
With Joker.com you can choose from more than 400 domain endings like .name, .me or .email for your private mail address. Or for your company you could register .business, .catering, .cafe and many, many more. Or maybe .berlin, .me or .nrw is the right choice for you, only if you don’t plan to move of course. If available you should consider registering the corresponding .com, .net, .org domain, or a country domain like .uk, just in case. To find the perfectly matching domain name, you could first check for your name or your company’s name. You can easily check for over 400 domain endings on Joker.com in one go. You could also try combination with your name and the name of the city you’re living in, like family-lastname.com or lastname-city.com or any other variation if your first choice is already taken.
So now you have your own domain name, but what about email addresses? With Joker.com you can create up to 40 mail addresses per domain for free. It is also possible to create ‘catch all’-addresses, so that all emails sent to *@yourdomain.com are redirected to your mail account. Professional virus detection and spam protection is applied automatically so you don’t have to think about that either.
What makes this really easy is – you don’t have to change your habit of dealing with emails, you still use your current Gmail, Yahoo or other free provider. Just create an ’email address’ (email forward) for your Joker.com domain, pointing to the free mail account you currently use. You can always change this, in case your free mail account ever changes, but the email address with your own domain always remains.
And domains tend to persist infinitely, as long as they’re renewed.