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July 15, 2019, 10:28:14 AM
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People are keep on posting E-mails on a public threads. There is no rule you need to post your e-mail here to be eligible for any bounty or airdrop or anything else.
my advice: if you post you're e-mail than cover it only revealing first few letters and not whole address.

Scammers are always active and your e-mail is one of the data they like the most to get easy target.
Also be careful with your other social media accounts.

Be aware and Stay safe.

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July 15, 2019, 10:39:36 AM
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You should also create an email just for bounties and airdrops and those stuff.  An email that you never read anything lol

Many people use their personal email for that. And this is really too much exposure.

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July 15, 2019, 12:43:10 PM
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There are ways to get your email secured without getting exposure for scammers,we have google authentication and with this there is no way scammers can jailbreak your email unless they get hold of your phone and your google auth password

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July 15, 2019, 12:55:37 PM
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The issue is not only that someone may try to hack your email account, but also that you become more easily a target for malpractices such as phising with a crypto context (which you may be more receptive to). They may also gather more information about you by investigating the places you’ve used your email in an open context, thus allowing for more narrowed down attacks on you.
 
If things do not go that far, it is likely that your email account will be spammed from there onwards.

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July 15, 2019, 12:56:35 PM
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There are ways to get your email secured without getting exposure for scammers,we have google authentication and with this there is no way scammers can jailbreak your email unless they get hold of your phone and your google auth password

Still, even with 2FA on your account, it's definitely still a lot safer to not have your email lying around on the internet on a dozen lists that was collected from airdrops. Even with 2FA, social engineering attacks are still fairly possible(depending on how incompetent the customer support is).

I'd go with DdmrDdmr's advice and use multiple emails.

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July 15, 2019, 02:29:24 PM
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Just use different emails for different purposes. Never mix private and financial information with things like online forums, even bitcointalk, airdrops, exchanges and whatever else you might be into like social media... There are so many free email clients that it is easy to create different emails for the different purposes you have.
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July 15, 2019, 07:41:22 PM
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Just use different emails for different purposes.
This is the right answer. One email for important personal reasons (banking, tax, bills, etc). One email for social/spammy personal reasons (friends, social media if you are that way inclined, Netflix, etc). One email for work. One email for crypto exchanges. One email (or throwaway email) for this forum. Throwaway emails for everything altcoin, ICO, bounty, airdrop, related.

Given that the majority of new altcoins are outright scams, you have no idea what these people are doing with the details you give them. It goes without saying you should never undergo KYC, but even your email address can be valuable. With very minimal searching you can find databases of crypto-related email addresses for sale, which scammers will use to target you. 2FA, while obviously better than just a password, is still not foolproof.

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July 15, 2019, 08:04:38 PM
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Scammers are always active and your e-mail is one of the data they like the most to get easy target.
Also be careful with your other social media accounts.

Not just the scam thing but I really do hate posting my email in public because of spam emails concern.

Most of those are mostly related to the advertisement - in general.

Good thing nowadays, we are now in the technology where filtering email is way much more enhanced by email providers*. Back then, even obvious spam is breaching the Inbox folder.

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July 15, 2019, 10:58:00 PM
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Well, I keep my email on Bitcointalk profile not hidden (and I don't know why). But obviously, it's not my main email, I created this address just for crypto things. I use it for all less important registrations. But fact thst my email address is public means that's spammed seriously - it's full of ads, scams and phishing links. But I don't care about it. I wouldn't never keep my email or phone number in public.




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July 15, 2019, 11:12:24 PM
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Using separate addresses for crypto is also something I'm recommending to every newcomer. There are some services just collecting mail addresses to sell them and besides from that it's also possible that even a legit service can be hacked and your mail + password gets exposed. Therefore, I'm also recommending to use different passwords for each account. Should a scammer have success to find out your password and you are using it on different websites, all account can be hacked.

And of course for crypto-spam reasons to avoid a huge mess in your main account.

Surprisingly, I don't get any spam on my crypto mail addresses, most spam goes to my personal address which I never used on crypto sites.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

Well, I keep my email on Bitcointalk profile not hidden (and I don't know why). But obviously, it's not my main email, I created this address just for crypto things. I use it for all less important registrations. But fact thst my email address is public means that's spammed seriously - it's full of ads, scams and phishing links. But I don't care about it. I wouldn't never keep my email or phone number in public.
If your mail provider doesn't delete your account if you are inactive for a long period of time, that might not harm. But as far as I know some mail providers are deleting them after a defined time of inactivity like gmx and the same mail address which has been used before is available for a new person. If you are still registered somewhere, that could lead to account hacks if the person is a scammer and tries to reset passwords by using "reset via mail".

But I don't know if mail.ru is doing the same. I think satoshi had a mail from gmx and that was a problem.  Cheesy

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Well, I keep my email on Bitcointalk profile not hidden (and I don't know why). But obviously, it's not my main email, I created this address just for crypto things. I use it for all less important registrations. But fact thst my email address is public means that's spammed seriously - it's full of ads, scams and phishing links. But I don't care about it. I wouldn't never keep my email or phone number in public.
If your mail provider doesn't delete your account if you are inactive for a long period of time, that might not harm. But as far as I know some mail providers are deleting them after a defined time of inactivity like gmx and the same mail address which has been used before is available for a new person. If you are still registered somewhere, that could lead to account hacks if the person is a scammer and tries to reset passwords by using "reset via mail".

But I don't know if mail.ru is doing the same. I think satoshi had a mail from gmx and that was a problem.  Cheesy
Well, I'm still checking this email quite often, so there is no risk thst they may delete my account for inactivity. But probably I should at least change my Bitcointalk email because I'm not feeling 100% safe with this provider.




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July 15, 2019, 11:37:29 PM
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Well, I keep my email on Bitcointalk profile not hidden (and I don't know why). But obviously, it's not my main email, I created this address just for crypto things. I use it for all less important registrations. But fact thst my email address is public means that's spammed seriously - it's full of ads, scams and phishing links. But I don't care about it. I wouldn't never keep my email or phone number in public.
If your mail provider doesn't delete your account if you are inactive for a long period of time, that might not harm. But as far as I know some mail providers are deleting them after a defined time of inactivity like gmx and the same mail address which has been used before is available for a new person. If you are still registered somewhere, that could lead to account hacks if the person is a scammer and tries to reset passwords by using "reset via mail".

But I don't know if mail.ru is doing the same. I think satoshi had a mail from gmx and that was a problem.  Cheesy
Well, I'm still checking this email quite often, so there is no risk thst they may delete my account for inactivity. But probably I should at least change my Bitcointalk email because I'm not feeling 100% safe with this provider.
Ok, if you are checking your mails regularly, that should be safe.  Smiley
I'm using gmx.de and web.de (they are similar) because they are very popular here in Germany but now switching to Gmail lately if I have to create a new mail address.

I've also tried outlook.com (or live.com) but they've blocked all my accounts without any reason.  Undecided

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July 16, 2019, 03:40:38 AM
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People are keep on posting E-mails on a public threads. There is no rule you need to post your e-mail here to be eligible for any bounty or airdrop or anything else.
my advice: if you post you're e-mail than cover it only revealing first few letters and not whole address.

Scammers are always active and your e-mail is one of the data they like the most to get easy target.
Also be careful with your other social media accounts.

Be aware and Stay safe.

You can read the more safe email.
https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides/email-skype/email/email-safety-tips

why you share email public post if not an emergency? you can enable 2step or Authentication proved. all company and service provider upgrade her security. so now directly scammed are difficult.
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I was trying to point out that you can become easy target for scammers can easily send you any e-mail with some phishing site or any other data retriever way of getting important data from your computer.

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I was trying to point out that you can become easy target for scammers can easily send you any e-mail with some phishing site or any other data retriever way of getting important data from your computer.

Receiving email spam and phishing attempts is only just the tip of the iceberg though. There could be more dire consequences if you're that type of person that uses one email and one password for everything.

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I use throwaway webmail accounts for all the dodgy things I sign up for, because I know some scammers use this information to do targeted phishing attacks. So they will get your email account from the forum and then read all your previous posts linked to that Username to find a service that you use and then try to either hack your account to get access to that service or to send you phishing emails that are related to the services you use.

So if you for example mention something about "Coinbase" in one of your posts, they know you have an account there and then they send emails from fake support accounts that are not linked to Coinbase or URL links to sites that looks like it is going to Coinbase.  Roll Eyes

 
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why you share email public post if not an emergency? you can enable 2step or Authentication proved. all company and service provider upgrade her security. so now directly scammed are difficult.

Not every email providers have the 2FA option, even if they did, some of them only have SMS authentication which can be hacked easily using SIM porting in some countries. Though this is not what OP wanted to discuss and I feel that you misread or didn't read it properly tbh.

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This is one of reasons why in Profile page, at Forum Profile Information, we have the option: Hide email address from public?
Some people don't know that option or unintentionally to click on the checkbox to activate it, but they don't really know that disclose email publicly might catch more attention from bad guys and their accounts, their identities might be under risks of attacks.




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July 18, 2019, 06:45:05 AM
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Also pay attention when making screenshot of any dashboard. Many has e-mail as login information at the top. You expose e-mail easily if you are asking for help in some public tread. I saw that many times on telegram, discord ... support channels. Always blur or cut out important data if you share a screen shot.

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July 18, 2019, 07:32:54 AM
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I use a gmail account for most online stuff. Google seems to put some work into blocking spam and phishing messages. The downside is that they send their own spam, but at least they put it into its own directory, so it is easy to bulk delete. For my more important emails, I host my own mail servers on my own domains.

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