Use Multiple or Disposable Email Addresses to Avoid Spam and Stay Secure
There are two concerns here. One is reducing spam and the other is avoiding viruses from emails. Here are two approaches.
1) Reducing Spam: Use Multiple eMail Accounts.
I get a lot of resistance from customers on this, because it seems confusing, but it’s really not. Just create 1 or 2 more email accounts with a free email provider like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail (Live Mail) or AOL. It costs nothing and can greatly reduce the hassle and risk of spam and viruses.
Use one of these addresses for sites you don’t want to hear regularly from, like newsletters or coupon sites you’re only mildly interested in, or any new site you haven’t heard of, where you suspect they’re going to bombard you with spam.
I like to use them for product registrations, like when I buy a new printer, because I know they’re going to spam me with all kinds of product offers and deals. Sure, I may want to look at these occasionally, but only when I feel like it. I don’t want them cluttering up my regular mail inbox.
Do not add any contacts to the address book. You don’t want to worry about a worm infecting it and sending spam to your friends.
This is also a good way of separating different aspects of your on line life into different areas, associating each area with a different email address.
2) Security and Reducing Spam: Use Disposable eMail Accounts.
A more aggressive way to reduce spam in your inbox is to use a disposable email addresses for websites you suspect might be very risky or questionable. These are also great for sites you want to check out once (out of curiosity) but don’t want to go back to, or ever hear from again.
Many such sites require you to register with your email address before you can see their content. These could be sites like forums, or “marketing” sites that offer business tips and help, but are really about harvesting email addresses so they can spam you.
For this, you can use a service like Trashmail or 10 Minute Mail. You’ll use these temporary email addresses to get the necessary “confirmation email”, check out the site, and avoid the spam that might come your way.
That’s it for now. We hope you are finding this series of articles useful. Stay tunes for the next installment later this week.