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.
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.
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.