Life is complicated enough. Do you really need more than one email address?
Don’t believe what your kids tell you. Email is still a mainstay of digital life. Four billion of us use it to send and receive 306 billion messages every day.
For many of us, multiple email addresses can be a useful way to keep our personal information personal, our financial details private and our online lives more manageable.
The pros of multiple accounts
The main reasons for using multiple email accounts include:
For instance, many cyber-security experts recommend creating at least one secondary account for all things financial. Others go further, advising dedicated accounts for online shopping, subscriptions, and family and friends.
Virtually all agree that if you're online dating, a separate email address is a must. If something happens a digital suitor turns out to be a pest, or worse, you can simply delete the account and disappear.
The cons - and alternatives
But if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, juggling multiple accounts can be more trouble than it’s worth. Even worse, it can actually increase the risk of being scammed if those accounts are not being managed appropriately.
So what does “appropriate” mean in this context? It means, for each account,
These are the best and the easiest way to protect your security online, say experts - no matter how many emails addresses you own.
But there are lots of other easy steps you can take to safeguard yourself from scams.
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