Is It Safe to Keep Using AOL Mail?

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In the late 1990s and 2000s, America Online (later shortened to AOL) was everywhere. If you had an email account, the odds were good that it was an AOL account, while AOL Instant Messenger helped people stay in touch before messaging platforms like Facebook, Slack and Discord even existed.

AOL’s dominance over internet services didn’t last long after the turn of the millennium. Nonetheless, after years or decades of using AOL mail services, many people want to hold onto their old email addresses. With mass hackings and new email competitors arising in the last few years, however, you may wonder if it’s truly safe to use AOL Mail. While the short answer is that many people do continue to use AOL Mail safely, there are some things you should know before deciding whether or not to keep your account.