I use firstname.lastname@example.org Some people here wont do email exchanges with someone who uses a free email address. I'm not sure about getting my email address band. I've never had that happen to me in the years I've been using the Internet. So I'd say the chances are low (from my experience) of someone stealing your email address. Not to say it doesn’t happen but in the scream of things I think there are many more worrisome things.