The hu­man touch on­line

> Mak­ing a con­nec­tion with an­other per­son, even on screen, is still a source of con­tent­ment for many so­cial me­dia users

The Sun (Malaysia) - - TECH TODAY -

Sim­i­lar risks lurk with the free email ad­dresses passed out by in­ter­net ser­vice providers. Change to a dif­fer­ent telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany, and in most cases those ad­dresses van­ish as well.

There are also no guar­an­tees that freemail ac­counts such as Gmail will be avail­able for all time, warn ex­perts.

Mean­while, EPFL Alumni, an or­gan­i­sa­tion for pro­fes­sion­als in re­search, man­age­ment, in­dus­try and pub­lic ser­vice, pro­vides an email ad­dress that mem­bers can use for an un­lim­ited time to send and re­ceive mes­sages.

This ad­dress is: first­name. last­name@alumni.epfl.ch.

This life­time ad­dress has two ad­van­tages – firstly, it al­lows you to keep an un­changed ad­dress for life, even if you change your email provider.

For ex­am­ple, if you moved from Hot­mail to Gmail, your first­name. last­name@alumni.epfl.ch ad­dress re­mains the same. You would sim­ply need to up­date your pro­file on www.epflalumni.ch.

Sim­i­lar freemail ser­vices have been known to shut down in the past. The best way to make sure you have life­long ac­cess to your email is to set up your own web do­main.

It might cost a lit­tle bit each month, but it means all in­ter­net ad­dresses in the do­main be­long to you.

But be aware, if you for­get to pay your an­nual reg­is­tra­tion fee, the ser­vice provider will re­voke it, and some­one else might swoop in and grab the do­main name.

And, even if you do set up your own do­main, it’s still a good idea to set up mul­ti­ple email ac­counts for your­self within it, so you can have dif­fer­ent ac­counts linked to dif­fer­ent on­line ser­vices.

Do­ing so makes it harder for cy­ber­crim­i­nals to steal a user’s en­tire iden­tity.

Do­mains can prob­a­bly be reg­is­tered via web and mail hosters or di­rectly with a do­main regis­trar.

Ex­perts say it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter which route you take, so long as it is you per­son­ally who is reg­is­tered as the “ad­min­is­tra­tive con­tact”.

It is prob­a­bly eas­i­est to set up the do­main with a ser­vice that doesn’t just reg­is­ter your ad­dress, but also of­fers an en­tire pack­age that in­cludes a func­tion­ing mail server.

Good ser­vices of­fer the free­dom to use an email client pro­gramme, apps or web­mail ser­vices at will. – dpa

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