Best way to handle email address for use with domain registration?

by CalvinH   Last Updated June 12, 2019 15:04 PM

I have registered a domain that I use exclusively for email. In addition to my main email address ([email protected]), I have [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], etc. I pay an email provider for this service.

I also have a free Gmail account, which is what I used as the contact email for the registrar. I have concerns about the security and stability of my Gmail account, and I'm wondering what the best approach is with regard to these concerns.

I feel like it's a Bad Idea(tm) to change my registrar's contact email to [email protected] (or anything @example.com) since I could end up with a catch-22 situation if my account were to be compromised.

If my Gmail account were to be compromised (or otherwise disabled, say due to a Google error), I would/could lose the proverbial "keys to the kingdom". Right now, I can't say that I feel completely comfortable having Google as a gatekeeper here. Same for the other free email services (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.).

Options I've considered include:

  • Creating a separate (free? paid?) email address solely for use with my registrar
  • Paying Google for email (assuming better customer support and less likelihood of a Google snafu)
  • Using 2FA/U2F on Gmail for extra security (though not extra stability per se)
  • Doing nothing - nobody wants my crap LOL

I feel I generally take a proper approach to security - not too careless, not too paranoid - but I'm struggling with the correct approach here.

Any advice is appreciated.



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