|Type of site||Webmail|
FastMail.FM is an e-mail service offered by the Messaging Engine company of Parkville, Victoria, Australia. In 2010 the company was acquired by Opera Software. Its servers are located in New York City with a backup in Norway.
On October 18, 2012 it was announced that new signups for the free service level had been discontinued. Users seeking a free email account were referred to the myopera.com service. Existing free Fastmail.fm 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 since the purchase by Opera, there were "considerably more" free myopera.com accounts than free fastmail.fm accounts, and they had decided to focus fastmail.fm as a "premium brand" with only paying 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. There is a 60-day free trial period for all service levels. 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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