America Online was once king of the entire internet, but that was a long time ago. All that remains of the once-great internet giant is a rebranded name, AOL, aggregated content and an aging but still excellent free email service.
The most attractive portion of the new AOL email service is the fact that it has unlimited storage capacity. Furthermore, AOL offers image blocking, download restrictions, your choice of HTML or plain text composer, IMAP access and plenty of extras.
AOL's spam filter center is simple; you choose Off, Low, Medium and High. AOL recommends keeping your filter on Medium. We found that on this setting, all our emails were routed to the appropriate places in the service. If spam does slip through, it's an easy fix. Additionally, with AOL's Security Suite download, you get virus protection in your emails and on your computer, along with phishing protection, parental controls, AOL's firewall, pop-up controls and spyware protection.
With AOL email, you have the ability to drag and drop each message into its appropriate, customized folder. Furthermore, the service allows you to customize filters to reject emails from unknown domains, those with clickable hyperlinks and those that contain pictures and certain words or phrases. Unfortunately, with the way that AOL's security features are set up, there is no way to sort your incoming email to route them into specific folders automatically.
One feature we particularly like is MyAddress. AOL allows you to choose your own domain name. Your email no longer has to be email@example.com. If you own a domain, you can route your AOL mail through that domain, so your free email address has the potential to be firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can invite up to 100 friends to be a part of your domain. No other free email service we reviewed allows you this degree of email address personalization.
AOL email includes a calendar that can track events by year, month, day and so on. Additionally, you can record your tasks and place notes in the calendar feature. AIM is AOL's instant messenger, which is included with the free email service.
AOL is in the process of reinventing itself for the better. America Online provides some of the best free email security available on the internet, and many of the features you enjoyed with AOL as your ISP are now free for the world.
AOL provides the most freedom to personalize your email address of any service we reviewed.
You cannot import contacts from social media accounts and you can only attach files 10MB or less.
Although the glory days of America Online are in the quickly fading past, AOL mail is still a hard-hitting contender in the free email marketplace.