... it may be a security risk. By that, I mean an email address like "Firstname.Lastname@ISP.com", with a period in the prefix before the @ sign. Friend and fellow author John Van Stry reports:
I have the gmail address for my last name. Just me. I have it.
Now there aren't a lot of people with my last name in the world (less than a hundred) and SOME OF THEM use: FirstName.LastName for their gmail address.
Guess who ALL of their emails go to?
NOT JUST THEM.
I have access to ALL of their toll pass accounts, their APARTMENT COMPLEX CODES, their MEDICAL INFORMATION, you ****ing name it and sooner or later I end up with it. Because they put a ****ing dot in their name and MOST mail software is bought at the cut rate version of buymart and guess what? It can't handle that DOT.
So if YOU have a dot in YOUR email name, understand that there is someone else out there, who has the email that caused you to get the dot who is getting ALL OF YOUR PRIVATE ****.
There's more at the link.
This affects me, because I have several email accounts with a split prefix, that I use for different purposes. I'm going to have to look into that, and probably change them - which is a lot of work, and a massive time sink, but I guess will have to be done for security reasons.
Technology. Grrrrr!!! (Also known as "Why won't the computer do what I want it to do, instead of what I tell it to do?")