I have decided to ditch my Yahoo email addresses, and add a second Gmail address for my "professional" stuff (bills, college, work, etc). I am doing this because of the 2-step verification feature Gmail offers.
In light of this, how am I to best secure this new mail? I was thinking:
- I could take notice of every "important" email that hits my inbox, log in to each site, and change over my email address to the Gmail one. Then delete my old Yahoo email account.
This would take a lot of time, but I have no doubts about its effectiveness in providing me peace of mind, that yes, I am using my new Gmail account, and doing so directly.
- Forward all new emails to my Gmail account, and delete all old emails (or not) in my Yahoo account, but keep it active.
I am concerned that forwarding emails is going to create a "weakest link in the chain" effect. I know it's highly unlikely anyone would gain access to my Gmail, but if they did manage to guess my password on Yahoo, they could essentially see some of my most important emails as they are being forwarded, thus nullifying the benefit of two-step verification. Is this assumption correct?
Also, if you know a better way to do this, and I didn't list it, please feel free to consider that too as an answer. Any tips or advice would be helpful as well. Thanks!