I acquired a Hotmail email address when it was in its infancy, within a few weeks of their beginning, I think. 1996? Something like that. Whatever. It's been a long time. My current email address is a Hotmail account I've had since about 97, and was the second I set up there.
I just tried to sign in an the system is now requiring me to enter a phone number, which I never have done. I've been annoyed that if I open YouTube while signed in to the Blogger/Google godhead, the system in YouTube demands I set up a user name there, blah blah blah. I X out of it, sign out of the other and then open YouTube with a la di da and no hassles.
Sorry. For a great long while I've known there's no absolute anonymity on the intarwebs, and I realize that all these systems track from which machines you sign in, etc, but I have, until now, resisted entering phone numbers that link all that mess together. Looks like there will be no way around it, or I'll lose my Hotmail account, which is my only link with some folks. This is a dilemma, to me. I'm annoyed, to say the least. Signing in, the system said I have 7 days to enter the information.
They'll close my account?
Maybe it's time I pay for an account with someone/something that doesn't share all its information with the Googleborg. Anyone have suggestions for a different email system?
Okay -- update-- it just wanted a phone number if I didn't enter a new alternative email address, which I have done. I think it's only a matter of time before the phone number is demanded, too. Still, time to start paying for an independent service, I think? I'd appreciate any suggestions.