If you want to change your email, follow this checklist so that you don’t lose data and keep up with your old contacts.
Changing your email is never fun, but it can be necessary. When you need to make a change, there are several things you need to consider. Follow this checklist to ensure you don’t lose data, keep up with your old contacts, and avoid security risks.
There are many reasons someone might decide to endure changing their email address. These include:
Whatever prompts your move, try these tips to avoid missing mail and risking account compromise.
You will probably be amazed at the number of people you have in your contacts folder. Still, you can make the change easier by letting your friends and family know that you have a new email address.
When you send out a message to your contacts, respect people's privacy. Send your update with their names in the blind carbon copy (BCC) line.
Most domain providers make it simple for you to migrate your old emails and contacts. Once you set up the new account, you’ll typically be able to go into Settings and find an option to import your old data. You may have to migrate the inbox and the contacts separately.
You may be ready to move on, but don’t delete that old email address too soon. It’s a common mistake. Instead, try to hold onto your old email as long as possible. You don’t have to continue using it, but if you still have access, you can:
Use a password manager? We recommend its convenience. Plus, you can search therefor accounts using the old address. The password manager can be a landing page for you to jump to all those accounts and make the necessary changes.
To help you think of other sites connected to the old email address, review your trash and sent emails.
Think also of accounts that may use that email address for recovery. For instance, you may have set the old account as a backup for PayPal, online banking, or streaming services. If you don’t change the recovery address, you might have difficulty regaining access to that account.
You might wonder why you should bother doing this. If you don’t, someone could claim your old account and gain access to your connected accounts. If you press a recover password link on a banking site, for instance, that email will go to that person instead of to you!
The many little things to take care of when you change your email can make this a big deal. Our IT experts are here to help. We can set you up for simple, secure email communications in the future. Visit us at www.YellowstoneComputing.com or give us a call today at 715-669-6136!
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