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|Type of site||Webmail|
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FastMail.FM is an e-mail service offered by FastMail Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In 2010 the company was acquired by Opera Software. On September 26, 2013, FastMail announced that it had split from Opera and became a privately held independent company. Its servers are located in New York City with a backup in Iceland.
On October 18, 2012 it was announced that new signups for the free service level had been discontinued. Existing free FastMail accounts would not be discontinued, but if a free account was deactivated because it was not logged into in over 120 days, it would not be reactivated. The company stated that they had decided to focus FastMail as a "premium brand" with only paid accounts.
When first established in 1999, the service was intended to differentiate itself through providing features that were not yet available from other market players. Early on, this included the ease and speed of e-mail transport and access, personalities and IMAP and SSL support, and an independent public forum and wiki among user support options. Over the years, these features became commonplace, but features such as WebDAV, secure LDAP, opportunistic inter-server encryption, reliability via minimization of single points of failure, and highly customizable filtering via Sieve are current differentiators, and other enhancements typically appear on pace with the market.
The site developers are among the most active contributors to the widely used Cyrus IMAP open source software project and include the lead developer and maintainer of Perl module Mail::IMAPTalk.
FastMail.FM offers paid e-mail accounts for individuals and organizations, with varying service levels and prices. Their individual accounts currently offer a 60-day free trial period.
FastMail also provides for two-factor login using a YubiKey. While associating one or more YubiKeys with your FastMail account will not prevent normal logins, it does allow for logging onto your email account with just a YubiKey and its auto-generated one time passwords, making it suitable for accessing email on public machines.
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- Official website
- FastMail.FM Contact Information
- FastMail independent forums
- FastMail Tips, Tricks and Secrets
- Yubikey login