There is another important item to consider when creating new accounts. It is critical to consider what type of account you are creating before determining which email account to use. In some instances the type of email account does not matter while in others it is crucial to use a personal email account, one not attached to any service, to maintain control.
Why it's Important to Use Personal Email when Creating Certain Accounts
Some examples of providers of free email accounts not tied to services are Outlook online, Yahoo, Google, ProtonMail, Zoho, and Mail.com. Since these accounts remain yours no matter where you go, what job you have, or what services and applications you use, you retain access to them until you no longer want them. As such, these are the kinds of email accounts you want to use when setting up accounts that manage important information.
Software subscriptions typically cost less to access the software than purchasing the software and owning it for the life of the computer or until you decide to upgrade. This is one reason many people have gone to a subscription service as the pricing is predictable and more manageable. There can be differences between the software versions, but many are quite similar. Another thing to consider is when software is purchased outright, the cost per year drops each year you have it. However, software purchased this way rarely comes with major updates where subscribing to software typically does.
One of the most important things to note is that purchased software comes with a license key and possibly an activation key. As long as you document or keep these you will have them forever. On the contrary, subscription services connect to email accounts and can be orphaned if access to that email account is lost. This can cause a loss in the ability to access any cloud-based software or upgrade any locally installed software.
- Domain registration - the name you type to visit that company's site (e.g. name.com, .net, or other)
- DNS hosting - the records that tell the world how to get to name.com
- Website hosting - the actual pages, images, and content that display when you visit name.com as well as any other pages within that website
NOTE: All of these examples assume the items, whether purchased or not, are not owned by a business. If a business, not owned by you, is purchasing the software for your use as their employee, your access should stop once you are no longer an employee. There should be a clear distinction between what is purchased by, and therefore belongs to, a business versus what is a personal account.
Whatever types of email accounts you have, it is always a good idea to have at least one account that is free of attachment from a service or job. This allows you to maintain ownership of the account no matter where you go or what changes occur in your life. These accounts are especially important when creating iTunes, software subscription, website, or payment accounts.
As always, use caution when setting up new accounts. Considering what it is for, how important it is, and how it will be used will save you time, headache and potential loss.