01-15-2016 12:20 AM
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  1. SoundofReason's Avatar
    Just curious, You know how when you get a cell phone, it asks for a Gmail address to use all the features? Well right now, mine doesnt have my real name on it, in fact, it is a email address with the first two words as the first name and last two words as the last name. I am kind of a private person and I do not want anyone to have my info or spam me. How safe would it be to use an email address with ones name on their cell phone? Is this something that is normally done nowadays?

    Or do most people use an email address that is not that descriptive? Eg. SoundofReason@gmail.com..(just an example not my real email address)
    01-11-2016 12:39 AM
  2. nokia4life's Avatar
    I use my primary gmail account never had any issues.
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    01-11-2016 01:27 AM
  3. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Just curious, You know how when you get a cell phone, it asks for a Gmail address to use all the features? Well right now, mine doesnt have my real name on it, in fact, it is a email address with the first two words as the first name and last two words as the last name. I am kind of a private person and I do not want anyone to have my info or spam me. How safe would it be to use an email address with ones name on their cell phone? Is this something that is normally done nowadays?

    Or do most people use an email address that is not that descriptive? Eg. SoundofReason@gmail.com..(just an example not my real email address)
    I use a very descriptive email for my phone email, my phone number.

    I only use this email address for my immediate family, close friends, large legit business and work.
    01-11-2016 04:57 AM
  4. pool_shark's Avatar
    Soundofreason, kind of ironic considering your view on email.
    I use my full name as my email address.
    I have never had any issues and gmail is pretty good at catching spam.
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    01-11-2016 06:16 AM
  5. SoundofReason's Avatar
    Soundofreason, kind of ironic considering your view on email.
    I use my full name as my email address.
    I have never had any issues and gmail is pretty good at catching spam.
    Well the reason I was asking is because now there is a lot of data mining going on and I would like to minimize my digital footprint as much as possible. Also when you buy apps, they are tied just to that email address, so as far as I know, if you change the address, you don't get the apps back unless you use the address that you bought them under..kinda sucks tbh
    01-11-2016 06:53 AM
  6. burwil's Avatar
    I have several email accounts and the only one that has my real identification is the one for work.
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    01-11-2016 08:46 AM
  7. piinkRainbowz's Avatar
    I use my personal email. Never had a problem either.
    01-11-2016 09:56 AM
  8. zmann's Avatar
    I use my personal email, no problems.
    01-11-2016 08:29 PM
  9. russel5150's Avatar
    I only use my gmail for phone related things, i have a yahoo account for kind of a catch all and then i have my government account that is strictly used for work (see how that works Billary?!?)

    My yahoo.is just friends and times i need to give someone an email, ive it too long to give it up now.

    Im sure the gmail is good for a lot of stuff, but i keep it to the phone tablet area of my stuff.

    Sent with my white Note5 with nonremovable back and no SDcard!
    01-12-2016 05:47 AM
  10. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    The good thing about Gmail, even if you get on a lot of spam lists, it is good to direct actual spam to the spam folder and not make your phone go off every few seconds. I have 3 different Gmail addresses, one is for things that will generate a lot of spam. No spam ever goes to my inbox on that account.

    My every day account gets one or two spam emails a month.
    01-12-2016 06:44 AM
  11. odb9014's Avatar
    I use the same Gmail address that I have been using since I first got that invite way back when to be a beta tester for this new thing called Gmail by Google.
    01-12-2016 07:33 AM
  12. burwil's Avatar
    My name is fairly distinctive. Should someone hack my account and gain access to it, it would be bad. Just last month someone hacked into my Facebook account. Have no idea how. I'm thinking it might have been a rogue app and have since deleted many including a dialer app I was suspicious of. Anyway, he didn't change my password so all he was able to do was unfriend everyone and invite about 50 people I never heard of. And also made a couple of rude posts. Got control of the situation quickly, changed my password and revoked all those friend requests. I have a gmail account that includes my real name but I hardly ever use it....just for job application purposes and such.
    01-12-2016 08:04 AM
  13. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Facebook and Gmail are very different.
    01-12-2016 08:08 AM
  14. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Also you don't use the same password for your email as other things.
    01-12-2016 08:09 AM
  15. burwil's Avatar
    I didn't mean to link them. Just the consequences of someone grabbing your identity. I got off easy on that one. I just see no reason to use a real identity when I'm subscribing to promotions, news, feeds, etc. No upside to it. If it's important correspondence when I want to make a good impression, it's a different story.
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    01-12-2016 08:16 AM
  16. tsparks1's Avatar
    I use the same Gmail address that I have been using since I first got that invite way back when to be a beta tester for this new thing called Gmail by Google.
    lol, me too. Have had no problems..
    01-12-2016 08:52 AM
  17. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I didn't mean to link them. Just the consequences of someone grabbing your identity. I got off easy on that one. I just see no reason to use a real identity when I'm subscribing to promotions, news, feeds, etc. No upside to it. If it's important correspondence when I want to make a good impression, it's a different story.
    That wasn't specifically to you. A lot of people use the same passwords for several things, especially their email. When you have the password for email, you can get passwords for everything.
    01-12-2016 08:59 AM
  18. Crashdamage's Avatar
    I would not ever get an email account using my name just for peace of mind. I have to think using your name increases the odds of getting spammed. Spam bots send millions of emails a day just guessing at possible email addresses like jsmith@gmail.com, johnsmith@gmail.com, john-smith@gmail.com, jacksmith@gmail.com etc etc. When an email gets delivered instead of rejected the spambot knows it has a Live one and will keep hammering away at that address. The address gets added to a list of known live addresses and sold to other spammers.

    So, jacksmith@gmail.com will probably get spammed fairly quickly. jackrabbitsmith@gmail.com would be less likely, jack-rabbit3990@gmail com still less likely and so on.

    This really does work. I have a gmail account with a purposly fairly simple, easy to type name, but the name is a combination of numbers and letters that to anyone but me makes no sense. I've used this account for 8-9 years for all house business, bills, insurance, taxes, most everything except personal email. All this time it has been 99.99% spam-free - until about a month ago. Apparently some spambot finally guessed the address and has spread it to other spammers. Now I'm getting 20-30 spam emails a day and the number is sure to keep going up. So far Google's spam filters, which really are good, are catching it. But it's a pita to have to go through the spam every few days just in case a bill or other important email is accidentally sent to spam.

    But once you have a named account, I see no reason using it on your cellphone would increase the chances of spam. Using the account increases the odds for spam. The more it's used the more likely you get spammed. But not where you use it - phone, tablet or PC - I don't see how it matters.

    Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.
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    01-12-2016 10:31 AM
  19. Almeuit's Avatar
    Russell just wrote up a good article due to this thread.

    Your Gmail account is not a spy tool for Google | Android Central

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    01-13-2016 12:46 PM
  20. debdroid1a's Avatar
    I have several email accounts and the only one that has my real identification is the one for work.
    Same here. To many hacks into emails with real names. Even someone at my company in an outside office with the same domain got hacked. Luckily my computer was ok, our filter caught it. I've had a Hotmail.com one for about 2 decades and because it's so obscure I don't think anyone wants it. I didn't know I would need a Gmail account when I got the Droid 1, so it's similar, but slightly different.

    Posted via the *Note 5*
    01-13-2016 02:43 PM
  21. PapaGary's Avatar
    I don't understand. What is it about a real name address that makes it more susceptible to hacking than an obscure one.

    I have four email addresses and one is my first name and last name separated by a period. Never been "hacked".

    I use this email address for business (although I am now retired) and created it for that purpose rather than something like ilikebacon@gmail.com or ibitemytoenails@yahoo.com (used for examples) which obviously doesn't sound very professional.
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    01-13-2016 03:02 PM
  22. Crashdamage's Avatar
    Same here. To many hacks into emails with real names. Even someone at my company in an outside office with the same domain got hacked. Luckily my computer was ok, our filter caught it. I've had a Hotmail.com one for about 2 decades and because it's so obscure I don't think anyone wants it. I didn't know I would need a Gmail account when I got the Droid 1, so it's similar, but slightly different.
    Yeah, real name accounts are a problem but a lot of people like them because they're easy to remember and they like the personalized sound. JohnSmith@gmail.com just is kinda friendlier than j-s.4597@gmail.com.

    I don't understand. What is it about a real name address that makes it more susceptible to hacking than an obscure one.

    I have four email addresses and one is my first name and last name separated by a period. Never been "hacked".

    I use this email address for business (although I am now retired) and created it for that purpose rather than something like ilikebacon@gmail.com or ibitemytoenails@yahoo.com (used for examples) which obviously doesn't sound very professional.
    Spam bots are programmed to try named accounts possibilities over random simply because the ogdds of success are higher. IOW the odds of finding johnsmith@gmail.com are much better than the abstract j-s.4597@gmail.com.
    01-13-2016 04:47 PM
  23. PapaGary's Avatar
    Spam bots are programmed to try named accounts possibilities over random simply because the ogdds of success are higher. IOW the odds of finding johnsmith@gmail.com are much better than the abstract j-s.4597@gmail.com.
    So how is this "bot" going to find johnsmith@gmail.com? And if it does is it going to send the phishing email asking the subject to verify their gmail password? Anybody that falls for that deserves to be "hacked".
    01-13-2016 06:15 PM
  24. Crashdamage's Avatar
    So how is this "bot" going to find johnsmith@gmail.com?
    By simply guessing as I explained earlier. If a message gets delivered instead of bounced back as "Unknown address" then bingo! An active email address.

    And if it does is it going to send the phishing email asking the subject to verify their gmail password? Anybody that falls for that deserves to be "hacked".
    Possibly. Someone might be dumb enough to send their password. There's people who believe there's a Morrocan prince who's stranded in Bangladesh, but he has $5 million in offshore accounts and if you can just...
    01-14-2016 05:21 AM
  25. Almeuit's Avatar
    He was simply stating they actually give you a lot of control versus other companies on what happens with your data. Don't take his word for it if you don't want to -- go read through the Terms on them and others and you will see Google isn't that bad.
    01-14-2016 09:02 AM
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