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Old 16 Jan 2019, 02:04 AM   #1
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Fastmail username

Hello, I'm considering switching to Fastmail from the invasive Gmail machine and have a couple questions:

- Is it viable to use the username you sign up with as a usable email address, or should that be kept secret and private? Which of you utilize your username as an actual address, if you're inclined to say so?

- If I were to use a form of my real name as said username, is this considered a general risk? This question is geared to get a sense of the privacy/security viewpoint of this community, as I've been eternally conflicted with using and not using my real name in email addresses.

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Old 16 Jan 2019, 03:34 AM   #2
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Best practice would be to create (or change) the account username, and that you should never use as it an e-mail address or give it out to anyone.

You can create an alias (your real name, for example) for your account - that's, of course, if the alias you want has not been taken by someone else.
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Old 16 Jan 2019, 12:14 PM   #3
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As stated, the username you choose is a valid email address. However, it is best for a number of reasons not to provide this address to anyone, but to use aliases for actual communication. Note that you can create a kind of alias on the fly, associated with a single correspondent. Suppose you have a main alias of "". You can decide, on the fly, to start using "". This requires no prior setup, and allows you easily to block the specific email address in the future if you wish.

Ideally, you are best served by having your own domain. FastMail has good support for this, and it gives you the freedom to change your mail provider (if ever necessary) with minimal disruption.
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Old 18 Jan 2019, 08:50 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by BritTim View Post
Suppose you have a main alias of "". You can decide, on the fly, to start using "".
This is what I've done, adding a folder name for easy filing. This is one of the most useful attributes of Fastmail, and has saved me numerous times from data breaches and uncounted spam. I've been a paying subscriber for over 15 years, and it just takes one data breach to realize how important this feature is.

My format is <>.

Also, the email I sign in with is one that I give out to no one.
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Old 18 Jan 2019, 09:25 AM   #5
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You can also now change your main login user name.

Also if you have your own domain you can set up any if it gets spammed or what ever just switch it off or delete it.
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