Battle spam through the use of a disposable email address.–PC Pitstop.
Disposable Email Fights Spam
By Bob Rankin
Do You Need a Disposable Email Address?
Have you ever visited a website which required your email address to make a purchase, create an account or gain access to information? I’m sure you have, and in some cases you’ve probably done so hesitantly, thinking that you might be opening your inbox to a flood of spam. A disposable email address provide a handy solution to this problem. Read on to learn more…
Fight Spam With a Disposable Email Address
It seems everyone wants my email address: Facebook, my bank, my accountant, even the tomato vendor at the farmer’s market. It’s no wonder my spam filter is so busy, but I do wonder which of the many entities that have my email address gave, sold, or lost it to spammers. Disposable email addresses can help you tell who the untrustworthy contacts are.
A disposable email address is a temporary or anonymous email address that can forward mail to your permanent address. Ideally, any replies you send are relayed back through the disposable email address to the original sender, who never learns your permanent address. If unwanted emails suddenly start arriving through the disposable email address, you can stop it by deleting or filtering that address.
Disposable Email Addresses
You can have one disposable email address for every entity that requires an email address, if you like. Then if spam starts coming from a given disposable email address, you can be pretty certain who’s responsible. It’s possible that a spammer just randomly generated an email address that matched one of your disposable email addresss, but it’s MUCH more likely that the entity to which you gave the disposable email address shared it with a spammer, willingly or by theft. Having narrowed down the security leak to one entity, you can investigate and decide whether to give that entity another disposable email address or steer clear of it.
Excerpt shared with permission from Bob Rankin.