No offense to Epic or anything, absolutely top engine, great bunch of guys and mostly good ethics but their account/forum security is by far one of the worst and an absolute shitshow, I am very careful about where and what I register, I actually only have the email attached to this account registered to these Unreal Engine Forums, my Unreal Engine account and the Github associated with UE4 because it’s been a bit of an open secret that security here is lax and potential leaking of info is likely. Despite going through all settings on Github, Epic Launcher and on these forums as well as on the main website and making sure everythings locked down the email associated with this account has been leaked not once, not twice but 3 seperate times! I’ve not had any account locked emails yet but almost everyone on the development team I’m part of has and 2 good friends who use it have as well. If you’re buying anything off the marketplace or spending money MAKE SURE YOU UNTIE YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNTS once you’re done (you can easily re-associate it later) and please, for hecks sake DO NOT LINK YOUR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS as that’ll likely make your account more of a target.
You’re best off using a throwaway (but constantly accessible, so don’t use a throwaway timed email service as you might get important emails from Epic regarding your account) email account with Proton or something specifically for Epic/Unreal, and not associating it with anything else, at least until Epic sorts out their security.