I Have To Give My Email Address To Some Websites – How Can I Minimise The Amount Of Spam I Receive?

Our email address is our tag to the online world.

We may have many other ways for people to get their message to us if need be, such as Facebook or Twitter, but our email address is our permanent space.

It is our online home.

This is why so many web sites want your email address when they want to either verify who you are or contact you.

They do not ask for your Facebook  or Twitter account unless it has something to do with those services – they ask for your email address.

This is why you must try your best to keep your email address from becoming tainted.

Tainted means that either someone was able to break into your account or you are now receiving a lot more spam messages in the account, way more than normal.

In this article I will discuss several ways that will allow you to still give out an email address but also keep your email address spam-free at the same time.

Spam-Free Emailing

Before I go into tools that will help you protect your email from spam and other things, we first must discuss email security.

It is important that no-one has the password for your email address.

If they do then they could give it out, even accidentally.

The person who is able to get hold of your email account may change the password so that now you are locked out.

They will be able to find out a lot about you by digging through your old email messages so it is very important that you keep your password guarded.

The first thing that you can do to keep your inbox free of spam is to use one of the services online that allow you to have a disposable email address.

There are many services that provide this ability but they may do it in different ways.

Some of the sites will provide for you a fake email address that redirects to your normal email address.

When you do not want that fake account to redirect to your email account anymore you can just shut it off.

how to minimise the amount of spam in your email account

how to minimise the amount of spam in your email account

Other services will provide for you a fake email address that you can check in that account.

This method is less a fake email address and more of a throwaway account.

If you decide to use the tools that I described above, make sure you do it with web sites that you do not care about.

If you use them on a serious web site that you might visit a lot, if you ever have problems logging into that site, you might not be able to fix it.

A lot of web sites will send the new password to the email address that you registered with – if you no longer have access to the throwaway account that you used then that can spell trouble.

Sites such as this are perfect for protecting your email account against spam.

Just do not go overboard and use them with all new accounts that you sign up for.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Surely they are barred from doing so by their own TOS aren’t they?

  2. I think you covered it good Lee, you even mentioned what i would have in a comment.
    I do keep a few email addys, an never use my ISP (main) addy for anything.
    Which brings up a problem with ISP’s an your email addy – they sell them to make money.
    I suppose many sites that request a email addy end up selling them at some point, Yahoo,Google,etc. even if you are using thier email service i would bet they end up selling them.

    • Oooh – saying that ISPs sell email addresses is rather controversial of you Dave!

      I can’t say that I have ever seen any evidence of that but I am well aware that some privately held websites do – I tried an experiment in years gone by where I would leave comments using a unique and new email address for each site and I was amazed at how many of those addys were receiving spam within the day!

      • My ISP had to, i never used my ISP email account for anything, for years i never got spam in my email. A few years ago all of a sudden i started recieving spam emails from addys in yahoo, nearly everyone of them had a virus of some type connected to them since my ISP alerted me to the fact.
        If there is a better explanation i sure would like to here it

        • Could it just be that someone got lucky guessing random email addresses?

          There are tools out there that will send spam to millions of combinations of @addresses.

          • I suppose that could be possible, i have heard from someone else an i cant confirm it that they sold email addys, doing something like selling email addys is just wrong for a ISP to do.

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