Tip: Using aliases to guard against spam

Tip: Using aliases to guard against spam

One trick to dealing with spam is not to give out your real email address. Here are the basics.

Many email services let you create aliases, which are basically extra email addresses which forward to your inbox. This way people can reach you without needing to know your main email address.

For example your email address might be adam@example.com, but you could create aliases such as adam-bills@example.com or simply bills@example.com.

You might even create aliases to log into specific services such as adam-paypal@example.com. Emails sent to these addresses will appear in your main inbox, so you don't have to monitor multiple accounts.

If you're systematic with your aliases it's easy to tell where your spam is coming from. From there it's not difficult to change one alias without abandoning your main inbox.

Using aliases also offers an extra level of security against hacking attempts. Someone trying to break into your Paypal account won't get far if they're using adam@example.com but your login is adam-paypal@example.com.

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