Tech Tip: Change Your Name — and We Don’t Mean the Last One

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Too often, we see email user names and prefixes that are the same across multiple free email services. For example:

jimmy67chevy@aol.com

jimmy67chevy@gmail.com

jimmy67chevy@yahoo.com

jimmy67chevy@icloud.com

This makes the work of hackers and cybercriminals way too easy. With the first part easy to figure out, they can get access to other online services and data — or even spoof your email addresses to others.

Variety is the spice of life. Introduce it into your email addresses.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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