This is why you should use more than one email account!

Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) DB-17066

Are you concerned about online security?  You should be!

I subscribe to LastPass which not only helps me remember all my unique passwords (over 500 of them); but it also monitors my many email addresses to see if they know of any security breaches on any sites they are stored.

Here is exactly why you need to be concerned . . . 

I don't even know what websites these are or recall going to them.  Fortunately, that email address is one that I use for websites that I don't know which require some verifiable email account in order to log in.  Had I used one of my primary emails, that could have been devistating if I reused that password on any other accounts.  

I know of people that have a tough time remembering passwords so they have a list they carry with them everywhere, but what if someone finds your list?  Please do not do that!

Here is all it costs to help assure your online security.  To me, just the peace of mind is worth it, let alone the convenience of not having to remember over 500 passwords!

If you haven't already set up a secondary email account, do it today.  They are free on hotmail, yahoo, gmail, etc.  I even set up special email accounts for large trade shows where they have business card drawings.  Don't you hate getting emailed for years after entering a drawing for a new iPad or free . . . ?  For example if you are planning on going to the Consumer Electronics Show in 2021, why not start a new email account called ""?  After 3 months or so, you will know if you have won anything and you can contact the vendor directly with your main email account and forget you ever had that account ever again (unless that becomes your new email spam placeholder email.


Comments (21)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have had last pass for a few years now, and we are switching to another way.   We are not happy with the system all that much.  I am glad you are.  We all are finicky.  A

Feb 26, 2021 01:19 PM

What system are you switching to Ron and Alexandra Seigel?

Mar 06, 2021 11:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Jim this is info we all need to pay attention too. So much crazy stuff is and has been going on for years.  Thanks for the reminder.

Feb 26, 2021 03:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jim- I have several email accounts and one I use for the purpose you state...when I'm on a site that I know I'll not use again or often, I use my throwaway email address. 

Feb 26, 2021 06:17 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Great Topic Jim -

Some people are complaining about paying for LastPass. Imagine what it would cost to reconstruct everything! We have a plan that covers more than one email on Last Pass. So convenient! All the best - Lynn

Feb 26, 2021 07:30 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Diversification sounds like a good idea to me like with most things. This totally makes sense.

Feb 26, 2021 08:15 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

To lose everything in your email would probably be horrifying because it probably took years to construct everything.

Feb 26, 2021 08:17 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I do have a secondary account. Thank you for the post!

Feb 27, 2021 05:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jim - over the years, I have used "multiple" options in a variety of ways but find elimination of stuff works best for me.  And, for me, that includes lots and lots of email accounts.  It's good you have found the way that works best for you.   

Feb 27, 2021 05:33 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

All of that is so scary and I worry about the programs that say they will protect you since it seems that they might just be the ones that harm you, haha.  I don't write my passwords out, I use symbols to signify what goes where within the code I have developed, haha.  Now that I read that, it doesn't make a lot of sense which might be good since I am the only one it needs to make sense to, right?

Feb 27, 2021 05:42 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Good ideas here but Chrome or Google has a password checker that tells you if your passwords have been compromised. Every time I get an alert about my emails, I go there to check.

I've got a bunch of email's as I've had odd things happen before. Never trust just one.

I also had a password program that was a total systems hog. Took forever to load & work so I just gave it up. It was a popular program too - just couldn't stand it.

Feb 27, 2021 06:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I also have another account. It always amazes to see the length people go to in their scamming efforts. 

Feb 27, 2021 06:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jim,
I have several email accounts including business, personal, and junk accounts.  I do have a list of my passwords but they are coded in a way only I know.

Feb 28, 2021 11:16 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jim Paulson - I have heard others talk about this and I really should jump in and do it. 

Mar 06, 2021 04:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jim. Have had multiple email accounts for years to keep things organized. Will look into LastPass. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Mar 06, 2021 07:29 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

I have been using LastPass for years and I love it! It is so nice to be able to not have to remember all my passwords or write them down in a notebook etc.  I esp love that it syncs with my phone!


Mar 06, 2021 11:00 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jim Paulson - This is important info for those who do not have separate accounts.  My husband manages all our accounts. I have the standard Gmail account, plus a Mac account and a couple of spam accounts. I have always advocated for use of a professional account for real estate.  I cringe when I see an agent with a Hotmail account. 

Mar 06, 2021 11:28 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jim Paulson Great advice I agree. Glad Carol Williams featured this as I missed it hope to see you on Tuesday as usual 😍

Mar 06, 2021 01:23 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Sometimes I think it's just a matter of time until I get hacked... And i just despise having to give out my email for various health related apps with a doctor office.

Mar 11, 2021 11:16 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim my friend you always give great advice, nice to see you sharing such good information, Endre

Mar 11, 2021 09:00 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I'll agree that having multiple email addresses is a great idea. 

Mar 12, 2021 12:12 AM

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