Just make it work is a series of articles aimed at helping women embrace technology to make their life easier! Tech for non-tech girls by girls.
Just Make It Work: Reasons to consider a second or more email accounts!
While it might seem bothersome to login to more than one email account (and there are ways to help that), there are a couple of good reasons to at least starting a second email account. The general point I am trying to get at with this list is that one email account should be more secured (for important things like finances and anything else that needs to be really secure) and the other one can be for more general web signups/newsletters/Facebook notifications.
In many ways, it’s quite wonderful that we can go paperless with our bills and save trees! And for the most part, email notifications about bills or account changes, are fairly dull with what real data they display about your account. However, sometimes you do end up getting emails that will display account summaries, numbers, etc. Not to mention, sometimes in order to recover a lost password, you just need access to the email account that signed it up. Now imagine that your computer gets a virus through some random email you’ve opened up or your account gets hacked. Or for fun, let’s say you use the same password on your email address that you also do for a website like Gawker.com. Suddenly, someone has access to your financial data through this series of events.
Bottom line, a second email account in this case is good to keep separate from the day to day emails and should only be looked at on secure connections. Aka, don’t check the email account on your phone or public computers.
Non-work email address
For some people, their main email is their work address and they freely allow personal emails to go to it and never separate. This is a huge no no for so many reasons, even if your company is fine with personal web surfing. The first big reason being that in most companies, anything you write or do while you’re on your company’s Internet connection, can be read by their IT department. This actually also means that even your personal email can be read too, which argues the point why all personal things should be left outside of work.
The second big reason is pure data management. If you leave your job tomorrow, those personal emails, flight confirmations, history of bank statements, are NOT going to go with you. You want to keep that data!
Bottom line: Keep work and personal separate if no other reason then to be able to save your data and not have the IT reading about your latest date.
The Junk email account
I was so proud when my mom asked me to create her a second gmail account for her “junk” emails a mere year after she first started using email. She uses it for her newsletters, notifications, website sign-ups, and any other random and slightly questionable site that needs your email address.
Bottom line: This helps keep your main inbox clean and safer.
These are just a few main reasons. Some others are:
- More data by switching from an old account to something like gmail.com.
- Creating a new email account with a more professional name on it.
- Having an email address you use when you travel to other countries where hacking might be a higher risk.