The wisdom of using my full name as my email address.
by thegibson - 6/29/10 3:11 PM
I've been looking to get a new e-mail address and over from Yahoo to Google so I can take advantage of all the Google services (voice, maps, etc.) and tie them in with my e-mail account. Pretty much all of my options for e-mail addresses have been exhausted except one: my full name, which includes my middle name, so essentially my e-mail address would be: email@example.com.
The majority of the people I know who use Gmail use some semblance of their name: either first.last@gmail, or last.first@gmail, or whatever, but using my full name makes me hesitate.
Does anybody know what legitimate security issues might come into play if I decide to do this? Or is a name pretty much public information anyway and having it has my e-mail makes it simple for my friends and family to remember and doesn't put me at any higher risk?
I'd be interested to know what you all think.