Common Household Remedies Request
I can't get to my Yahoo e-mail account because I have to hit a Switch Now button that says I have read and agree to... a block of very fine, very faint gray print. Thing is, I don't agree. I just don't.
I've been staring at that button for a couple of days now.
In this case, it appears to be about Yahoo going to scan your mail, apparently like G-mail has always done. So I don't want to go to G-mail, though I see they have a nifty way to import all your archive of Yahoo e-mail messages (but is it a roach motel? Can you export to another service?). I also see you can back up your webmail to your local computer via Microsoft Outlook. I don't trust Microsoft either, and my local computer is as whiffy as it gets, so I've never done that. So okay, now it's time to evolve.
The background is that I have the Yahoo account because it came with AT&T DSL service. I live in a remote area that is (or was?) only served by AT&T DSL at the time I signed up seven years ago unless you went to satellite, which I don't want. So even if I change e-mail providers, it'll still be via AT&T internet.
I get that you get what you pay for, and so expect nothing from free e-mail accounts. I get that any e-mail inherently is not secure, and that companies change their terms of service without your consent all the time, and that no matter what contract we might feel we have with our provider, United Stasi uber alle. I get it, but I don't AGREE to it. If there's nothing we can do about it, why is Yahoo making me click a button that says I agree? It looks like a scam to make us complicit in our own enslavement. Like we had rights but we signed them away. What rights did we have? Why do I have to click that button?
If you can have a right to private and secure financial transactions on the web, why can't you have private and secure e-mail? If it's a crime for someone to tamper with your US postal mail, why isn't it a crime to tamper with your e-mail? If the USPS is failing due to loss of business to the internet, why doesn't the USPS upgrade its services and provide secure, Constitutionally protected e-mail for all? I pay for stamps, it would make sense to pay an equivalent for secure e-mail that has the presumption of a right to privacy.
Anybody? Ideas, suggestions? What next?