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E-mail Security

Discussion in 'Software, Computers, CMC's Techie Stuff' started by shayla, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    I want to create an e-mail account specifically for online/catalogue orders. We have two accounts through our gallery website and dedicated mail, as well as private accounts. All three of my private accounts are with Yahoo, which is now 1) insisting I sign up for Oath, but also 2) refusing to let clicking on either 'I accept' or 'Will do later' to take hold. Also, now that e-mail providers can use anything from your account as fodder for their mercenary cannons, I'm leery of setting up yet another doomed account.

    If I set one up through our website, rather than Yahoo, can whoever hosts that also sell/use our information? Or does it not work that way? Not sure what to do about my other accounts, down at the crossroads in Yahoo Georgia.
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  2. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I would consider getting a Gmail account. They seem to be pretty good at defecting spam.

    But if you want to use your shop domain that would be fine as far as "security" goes, i.e. your host won't sell it or use it. At least, I've never heard of any doing so. I don't think they would remain in business long if they did.

    I know some people set up a separate email address for every online account they have, so that if they start getting spam they know where it originated.
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  3. Mike Labbe

    Mike Labbe Member, Former moderator team volunteer

    We do exactly as Dave does, with a unique (alias) address for each vendor we deal with. This way, we know who SELLS us. Believe me, there are some who consistently sell email addresses. This is why I use a different email address for each national trade show, unique to each year. :)

    Google's Gmail is what I use for my personal email account, and love it. They are great with getting rid of spam. Gmail is the basic foundation for most smartphones and the (Google) Android infrastructure, so you may already be using it. (email, phone backup, contacts, calendar, etc)

    For the business, we use and manage our own domain. The provider does not read or scan the contents of email when you do it yourself, and most likely you have some powerful anti spam tools available (in your website's control panel) to provide great results. You'll typically only get spam if your email address gets posted online. (on your own website, in a newsletter or PDF, a forum, facebook, etc) There are robots out there that "harvest" them from public sites, and then you get the spam.

    Yahoo and hotmail are notorious for getting hacked and being generally unreliable. Gmail is the way to go, if you want a generic email address or one for personal use. For business, I think people expect to be emailing the domain they are dealing with. like mike@acmecorp.com sales@acmecorp.com etc With your own domain, you can also have "aliases" that point to your real address. sales@ could point to mike@ for example. (or it could even point to multiple people in the company)

    Happy emailing!
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