Incredimail and Hotmail

  Lillylou 10:10 18 Sep 2003

If I install Incredimail will it accept my Hotmail account. At the moment I have Hotmail set up to go into my Outlook Express.


  MAJ 10:26 18 Sep 2003

click here Lillylou

  JIM 10:31 18 Sep 2003

came across this article,may be of intrest.

click here

Warning About Incredimail
This is an excerpt from the Langa Newsletter which I highly recommend.
The Incredimail agreement itself is extremely long... but the attached excerpt from the agreement almost knocked me out of my chair:

Any confidential, secret or proprietary information or other material submitted or sent to IncrediMail, including without limitation via any Message sent by You through the Service, Site, or IncrediMail's physical mail and e-mail addresses, or in any other way, will be deemed to be not confidential or secret. By submitting or sending information or other material to IncrediMail or by posting information on any portion of the Service you (a) Warrant that you have all rights of any kind to the material and that to the best of your knowledge no other party has any rights to the material; and (b) Grant IncrediMail an unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, display, perform, modify, transmit and distribute the material, and you further agree that IncrediMail is free to use any ideas, know-how, concepts or techniques you send us or post on the Service for any purpose, without any compensation to you or any other person."

Some of that language is similar to that used by other mail services and ISPs to get around copyright issues that can innocently arise when proprietary information is sent through a third party--- for example, it's not uncommon for an ISP to want to ensure they're not violating a copyright if they merely store a copy of your mail on their servers while it's being processed.

But I can't think of any innocent reason for the phrasing that states "... IncrediMail is free to use any ideas, know-how, concepts or techniques you... post on the Service for any purpose, without any compensation to you or any other person." Maybe there is a perfectly inoffensive reason for including that, but it eludes me.

There's another reason not to like IncrediMail, it's HTML-based, which not only opens the door to all manner of web-borne security threats that are absent from text-based email, but also adds tons of baggage to outbound IncrediMail email. This extra baggage can clog the inboxes of recipients of these mails, even if the recipients aren't IncrediMail users.

In comparing the headers of two messages, one sent with Incredimail and the other with Outlook, IncrediMail adds an extra 600 characters or so. Yes, IncrediMail provides amusing, all-singing, all dancing, animated, colored, formatted, flashing, bleeping, blurping emails--- but with the certainty of tons of excess baggage riding along with the email; with the possibility of opening the door to malicious HTML-borne worms, viruses, and such; and with serious questions about who owns the content of the messages you send using their system.

  Lillylou 10:37 18 Sep 2003

Thanks Jim don't think I will bother.

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