Your E-Mail Address and Your Identity

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Where you live online has become more important than your street address offline, unless you have packages delivered to you. Specifically, your e-mail address says more about you, and moves with you, than any other identity we can have. Because whether or not you have social media accounts, a website, a cell phone / text number, or the bills and banking for your home, you more often than not need an e-mail address to have them.

I also think it be important to have both a free mail address for your everyday lifestyle interactions, and a custom domain e-mail address for communicating with ‘live’ people in your life. With your own e-mail domain, unlike free-mail providers, you can easily move a domain to a different provider if need be. You can’t do this with your house or the address with which you live. And, in the United States, domain names count as intellectual property – they are legally protected. As with free-mail domains, you are forced to change your e-mail if the provider changes.

So, this is why I say that if your identity is important to you, and that people find you directly before using a search engine, that your e-mail address makes this easy to contact you straight away.

7 replies on “Your E-Mail Address and Your Identity”

  1. Personally I prefer having multiple e-mail addresses for different purposes.

    I own a dozen of them and I use it this way:

    Gmail: for accounts I frequently use
    Outlook: I didn’t use it but recently switched it from protonmail for more personal accounts
    Vivaldi: disposable mail.

    Finding a good host for custom mail isn’t that easy… I tried a few but I wasn’t 100% happy about them so I still don’t know which to use. Protonmail seems the best among the rest for now.

      1. This is true only if the registrar gives you free mailboxes though. I did have 2 free slots from Gandi, but I decided to switch my registrar after comparing the renewal costs, to Porkbun. Porkbun is on the lower-end and is very good, but does not give free mailboxes. I would rather use more secure mail though… So I actually prefer hosting my mailboxes on either Tutanota or Protonmail. I tried Tutanota, it was great, worth every penny, except they do not support IMAP and SMTP, forcing me to use their web client.

  2. Well said.

    Another advantage to owning your own domain and e-mail account is the level of security and privacy that goes with it. Not having Google Mail watching and recording everything that you send and receive is important to me. With your own private email account, you are also spared all of the advertising that goes along with most free email accounts.

  3. Every day on the Internet I am being tracked and you are being tracked also. They take your IP address which gives a rough location of your postcode where you live for example

    Google is not my friend and is not yours and they are evil and the terms and conditions clearly state that they scanning the contents of every e-mail, you send and receive and that information is money, because your information to them is money for the advertising and revenues from advertisers. They also use their algorithms to collect people’s information you communicate with by e-mail e-mail. They attempt to relate you to your relations and try to work out your spending power your social standing.

    Free is not free on the Internet. The shocking thing is some paid for domain names personalised e-mail addresses providers sell your information even though you are paying
    For that e-mail address. The terms and conditions are never written in plain English, because they are hoping you do not bother reading it.

    Some paid for e-mail providers give you a domain name so called free with your e-mails and they point that domain name to their promotional page even though you are paying them. Copy and paste your domain name in your web browser address and see where it takes you.

    For example:

    A very very important thing all e-mail domain addresses should be automatically private. Spam bots crawlers collect domain names registrations home address telephone number and e-mail address. Yes that is where your Indian call centres get telephone numbers from and junk mail. E-mail address registers domain names already know this and should automatically make the domain name register private at no expense to you. You would be surprised how many do not.

    I have a domain name for online banking and Internet purchasing its use for nothing else.
    You are money to companies regardless of how friendly they may pretend to be you are money to them. the information they have collected from you began the day you went on the Internet. you are in Google’s database. And if you are silly enough to use Facebook you have already imprisoned yourself in a large database and they know more about you than your relatives.
    “I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.”
    “To defend against spammers, phishers and scammers, we ask that users of our webmail and blog services verify their account via ( SMS. )”

  4. I have multiple e-mail accounts that I have used over the years. I still have a Hotmail address (different name than this Vivaldi one) and some are gone- AltaVista. I guess I did it to try out different services and to have a couple of backups. I used to exchange a lot of e-mail with friends but now we simply call or text. I have Twitter and Facebook but am not very active on them and have thought about closing them but some family and church groups still want to use them.

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