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Old 03-01-2014, 04:34 PM   #15
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As Glenn alluded to, hackers often are after passwords, not to your email accounts, but to your other accounts, as when someone uses the same passwords for several accounts. As Long as "12345" and "Password" are amoung the most common passwords out there, some users will continue to use the same passwords on multiple accounts.. email. bank, credit cards etc.

My email passwords are never used on anything else., etc., etc.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:12 PM   #16
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You may want to look at Bigfoot.com they are a forwarding service. Register with them and they will forward your mail to what ever address you want. The used to to offer the service free for those that do not get a lot of email. I believe the number for free was 25 emails a day. I have used them when changing ISPs.
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:09 PM   #17
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I have been using gmail for many years without issue.

. . . and . . . My employer with over 500 locations worldwide recently switched from private email servers to gmail. I can imagine there was a whole lot of due-diligence before making the change.

SPAM? it is nearly everywhere. That is what auto-filters are set up for... auto into the trash can. no bother.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:30 PM   #18
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I have several different email addresses; one for personal things; one for memberships such as this forum; one for warranties etc. I also have a few from the past which I keep active just in case I need them. Although one of these has been hacked several times my former Facebook accounts were hacked dozens of times; therefor, I no longer have an active Facebook account.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:37 AM   #19
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There is a email forwarding company that will forward your email to any ISP you choose. If your activity is less that 20 emails a day the service is free. The company is Bigfoot.com
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:57 AM   #20
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I don't understand.
All you have to do is set up a gmail, yahoo or whatever address and log in from any free WiFi site (McDonald's, Starbucks, whatever ) to get your email.
Explain the advantage.
I log in to my Shaw account from wherever I am, without using some other company to 'forward' my email.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:06 AM   #21
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In one of the original posts there was a concern expressed regarding a permeant email address. Using a forwarder eliminates the concern if you need to change an ISP.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:10 AM   #22
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Gmail

Since we purchased android smart phones we've been on g-mail without any issue. We do use multiple passwords, the more critical the information, the more obtuse the password.

For us the most critical information is our banking information. We basically do not use our debit card except at our bank. We virtually charge everything we can and pay it off at the end of the month.

All that said our credit card has been compromised twice in our 14 years of travel (that we know). Our bank caught both charges immediately canceled the purchases and canceled the cards. We inform our bank of our travel schedule and that becomes part of our bank computer profile supporting the bank's effort to prevent fraud.

To our knowledge our contact list has not been compromised. Most of our computer use is over our own secure hotspot. We do not do banking at public hot spots. At public hotspots it's mostly reading and emails.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:49 PM   #23
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I use 1&1. They can provide you with the domain registration, hosting, and the support is great. They are a USA company so no communication problems. They offer various package s of service. If you decide to drop the web site they can still provide email service. I have been a customer for over 10 years.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:50 PM   #24
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I have no problem with a hacker getting my password and reading my mail. They are welcome to it.
I have separate passwords for my banking etc. and I don't do financial transactions over public WiFi.
U.S. and Canada governments are two of the biggest hackers around.
If the bad guys have your e-mail password, they can impersonate you and change your banking password.

Be careful out there!

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Old 09-18-2014, 01:36 AM   #25
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If the bad guys have your e-mail password, they can impersonate you and change your banking password.

Be careful out there!

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My email password is unique and only for email. My banking passwords are all different. Also if I need to reset a banking password all by financial institutions ask at least two questions that only I would know the answer to. Impersonating me would not cause problems.
The only impersonating I've ever heard of was you used to be able to change the from to any email address. Created some confusing situations. But no real harm.
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I am going to replace my cable provider with Millenicom and that got me thinking. When I cancel my cable, I will lose the email address that is tied to everything online that requires an email address.

I would rather not use something like gmail or yahoo for security reasons. I plan on creating a web site, so one option is to create an email account(s) tied to that web site. The main drawback to that is if I decide to cancel the web site, I lose the email account unless I want to pay to continue the domain and hosting service. Maybe not that big a deal.

I could use some ideas; but for security purposes, please be careful about how you word things.

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There's a number of options. If you want to do a web site for the sake of doing a web site most web hosts have email available. I pay less that $5.00 per month for my web site hosting and can have up to 99 email addresses. Which I could forward to another email address. However I can also get my email direct. I haven't been using those email accounts but I have been using earthlink. I've changed ISP several time but maintained the same email address and get my email direct using either web mail or Thunderbird.
All you need to do is connect to the internet, it doesn't matter whether it's McDonalds, or some other free wife, or my home ISP the mail still comes direct to my computer.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:33 AM   #27
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I like to have email accounts I can control, although GMail is good it can be hard to get a resonable name, something that I could remember. As Byron mentioned, buying your own domain name and having it hosted is not expensive. I personall own 4 domains where I can create multiple email accounts and use different account for diferent purposes. These can also be accessed from anywhere there is an internet connection.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:06 AM   #28
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I have used gmail for over 5 years now. Never a problem! I have a computer geek friend who cracks up anytime someone brings up security! There is no such thing , unless you stay completely off the internet! Sooooooo, just be diligent in your passwords and hope for the best!


As for personal stuff such as banking etc, I have always been told to use a separate computer from the one you use to browse forums, websites, FB, etc. Makes sense, since most play on the computer longer than they do business on the computer. But again, just be diligent with your passwords.
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