Master account username also as email address, bad idea?

Metro2

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Someone had mentioned to me a long time ago that it might be a bad idea to have a cPanel login username also be a name that will be used as an email account.


For example, let's say I create an account on the server with the username "steve", and also have "[email protected]" be a POP email account.

Is there a reason not to do that? A down-side to it? Or is it perfectly OK for a user to have their master cPanel login username also be their main POP email account username?

Thanks for your thoughts and opinions on this!
 

jayh38

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It will not hurt anything. The downside being a common name.

This is no less secure than the default cpanel account creation of using the first 8 characters of a domain name as a user name. Easily guessable by those familiar with cpanel. I setup accounts that are not taken from domain names which adds an extra layer of security.

If your passwords are strong and you use login detection failure such as CSF, you should have no problem.
 

Spiral

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For example, let's say I create an account on the server with the username "steve", and also have "[email protected]" be a POP email account.
Actually there is a bad assumption and a common mistake associated with that ...

The master email account DOES NOT use the account domain name
but rather instead uses the server's hostname as the email domain.

In your above example, if the account domain was "thedomain.com" and the
hostname for that server was "host.domain.com" then the master account
email address setup for steve would actually be:

[email protected] instead of [email protected]

I wrote a long article more about that subject posted somewhere around here.