You aren't required to provide an alternate (backup) email address, but we strongly encourage you to. Once you've started using your VCG hosted (Smartermail) email account, we'll use your backup email address to communicate with you under the following circumstances:
- To communicate with you in the event that you can't access your VCG hosted (Smartermail) email account.
- To help you if you've forgotten your password.
- To alert you to any unusual activity (possible compromised email account).