Rethinking AOL

  As an I.T. person, I have always discouraged the use of AOL as the software takes over the system and fouls things up.  Working with users in the workplace who have AOL on their computers has been problematic at times, however, with the new AOL Web 2.0, I’m beginning to rethink my position on AOL.  I still don’t recommend installing their software and using their ISP services, but I do recommend looking at the new Free services that AOL has to offer for those who already have access to the Internet.  Some of these features are as follows:  Free 2 gigabyte email address, 5 gigabytes of online storage via X-Drive, access to 20 XM-Radio stations, and their free anti-virus software and of course, there is the AOL Instant Messenger which recently added social networking features.

You can access the email via a web browser or use IMAP features in an email program such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird and so you don’t need to install their software to access the email.  I recommend the AOL anti-virus software called Active Virus Shield as it is based on the Kapersky Anti-virus software.  Check out AOL.com for more information.

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