So here's a question for you. What's the best (and easiest) email service now that Google demands you have G+ with every new Gmail account? I ask because for Christmas Mama Eldritch is going to get dragged into the 21st century.

My parents are lovely, wonderful, caring people but they aren't very technologically advanced. They have old flip phone cell phones they don't know how to use that sit in a drawer in the kitchen, turned off. They don't know how to text. My father is a little more with it. He has email and an iPad (mostly for Angry Birds) and a MacBook (mostly for MSNBC and Mahjong). I'm still his unpaid 24 hour IT helpdesk though.

My mother, on the other hand, is definitely not with it where computers are concerned. She doesn't even have an email address of her own. She loves books just as much as I do and this Christmas, my sister and I are buying her a Kindle.

Since we want her to be able to play with it right out of the box, I'm making an email account for her tonight and an Amazon account, and loading up the Amazon gift card I got her into it. I was originally going to sign her on to a Gmail account, since it's one of the best and easiest email services I can think of, but you can't make a gmail without getting signed on to G+! My mother does NOT need a social network. (Also, G+ is just pathetic).

So, what is the next best email service? I want it to be easy for her to use (even if it's just being used for Amazon receipt emails) and secure. Is Yahoo any better than it was 5 or 6 years ago? Also, any tips on bringing a possibly reluctant parent into the 21st century?