I don't always go online, but when I do, I like privacy. I know nothing is 100% secure, but more layers means at least a little more insulation. Now I don't know crap about computers, so I have no way of telling whether software provides any security or only undermines it. I'm hoping y'all can help me out before I get a new laptop. Currently I use Chromodo/Comodo Dragon for my browser and Gmail for my email; the prior is okay, but I hate the later. I'd like to know my options for both.
I only use Gmail for 3 reasons. 1: It's free. So any other email provider has to be free, I can't afford to be paying someone for things like that. 2: I don't always have regular internet access, most other providers delete my account after several months of inactivity, and Google hasn't yet. 3: Many sites are owned by Google and require an account with them. Those points are also in order of priority; anything I get has to be free, I'd prefer my account never be deleted for inactivity but I'll risk it, and I really don't care for most Google services anyway. All I want is something free and private, kinda like RiseUp email. Except maybe someone who will keep my inactive account for more than 3 months.
As for the browser, I'm largely satisfied with Comodo's product. Just not so much with Comodo. It does the job, but aside from being unsure if it works on Linux Lite, I also just want something....less complex. So I'd rather my browser not be bundled with my antivirus. Comodo might actually be the best browser I've used though, better than Google, Firefox, and definitely Internet Explorer. I just wanna know how it really stacks up in terms of security, weigh my options, see if there's anything better and just as free. Maybe kinda like Tor, I heard that's good. Except it isn't free.
Thanks in advance for any help!