Webmail is becoming an increasingly popular form of internet communication. Virtually ever internet user now has a webmail address through providers such as hotmail, Gmail, yahoo, and others.
Webmail is a good alternative to many internet users over the traditional email server as it can be accessed from anyplace with an internet connection. There is no need to be connected to the computer which contains your IP address.
Webmail also offers filtering services that take some of the inconveniences out of running every attachment you receive through a virus detections program. Webmail servers depend on customer satisfaction to keep them going, so their virus detection software is almost always top of the line.
In addition, webmail providers often include filtering processes through which unwanted mail is delivered to a junk box, and needs never be seen by the person using the mail.
Most webmail accounts now also offer free connectivity to other users of the service, so that you can talk to friends while you are online without having to go to a chatroom or other service to do it.
There are a few inconveniences to using a webmail system, however. Businesses often browse the database for addresses, and then send unwanted mail to your account. This mail can sometimes make it through the filter, although the filters are becoming better and better.
Sometimes, the filter can be too good. If you are giving out your webmail address to potential clients and employers, or anywhere else, it is important to check your junk mail before it is emptied (this is usually done automatically every few days) to make sure you are not missing an important message.
The advantages of webmail far outweigh the inconveniences. The filters are designed to err on the side of caution, so they are highly effective when it comes to scanning your unsolicited email. You can also use them in the same way that you would use a normal email account, to record addresses and have a list of favorites for handy reference. Most even supply useful conveniences like schedules and multiple folder options.