Email addresses are entered in the clear, passed around, and even used for identification. Yet, these are not subject to many security concerns that other items such as user name and passwords. Why not?
They should be. Not only are email addresses identifiable pieces of one’s profile on any network, they are also attack vectors for nefarious schemes, smut, spam, and just plain nuisance. Yet, people don’t treat email addresses as that important.
Did you ever get a joke email sent to you about some amusing web page or You Tube video and on the cc address there were hundreds of other people’s email address? What is up with that? If you tell people that this is unwise or to just use bcc addresses, you get a blank stare (from even technical people).
I just got an email from a company telling me that their email provider’s database was compromised. They say that only the email addresses were stolen (yea, I believe that).
Yes, email addresses are valuable and should be treated as such.