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What about free web-based email solutions such as Hotmail?

OSU Access Wireless portal has returned

The login page for the OSU Access wireless network has returned. Information about that can be found here.

OSU Access is an unsecured/unencrypted wireless network. OSU IT staff recommend you use the Eduroam or OSU Secure wireless networks.

We recommend using your ONID account because it is your OSU identity, prestigious, ad-free, and free.


You should use an OSU email account for OSU related (academic and administrative) email. Here are some reasons why:

  • Loss of OSU identity: When you send email from a free web-based email account, OSU recipients of that email have no way of knowing that you're from OSU.
  • Free Web-Based Email is Filtered By Some Users/Sites: Because many spammers routinely exploit free web-based email providers to send their spam, or forge the address of free web-based email providers into spam sent from elsewhere, many people routinely filter ALL email from free web-based email providers. Often this results in your messages from the free web-based email provider simply being silently discarded.
  • Free Web-Based Email Systems Are Favorite Targets For Spammers: Receipt of spam is a problem at many free web- based email sites, too. While we actively work to eliminate spam on ONID, there's nothing we can do to help you eliminate problems you may have with receiving spam on a free web-based email account.
  • Hidden costs: "Free" web-based email solutions such as Hotmail are actually supported by advertising and have various hidden costs. Email received on campus is far more efficient and cost-effective.


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