Napolitano on Her Personal Cybersecurity: ‘I Just Don’t Use Email at All’

By Melanie Arter | September 28, 2012 | 1:26 PM EDT

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ( Starr)

( - During a cybersecurity summit hosted by the National Journal in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed that she doesn’t use email at all.

“Don’t laugh, but I just don’t use email at all,” Napolitano said when asked about her personal cyber security.

Shane Harris, senior writer for the Washingtonian, asked the secretary if she integrates two-layer authentication with her email and whether she has multiple passwords for her accounts.

“Do you integrate it into your own life? I mean do you have Amazon and iTunes accounts separated into different passwords for everything? What is your personal cybersecurity look like?” Harris asked.

When asked whether the secretary doesn’t use email because it was “too time-consuming” or “for security purposes,” Napolitano said, “For a whole host of reasons. So I don’t have of my own accounts, and … I’m very secure,” Napolitano said.

“Yeah, you’re off the grid,” Harris said.

 “Some would call me a Luddite, but that’s my own personal choice, and I’m very unique in that regard,” Napolitano said. A Luddite is defined as someone who is opposed to new technology.

“Especially in Washington,” Harris said.