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    Cool Neat Gmail trick

    A coworker recently showed me this trick to help fight spam.

    Suppose your address is username@gmail.com . You can also send email to username+anything@gmail.com , and it will be delivered to username@gmail.com . You can put any letters after the plus sign.

    Now when you need to create an account at an ecommerce site such as Amazon, you can give them your email address as username+amazon@gmail.com . Then if you start receiving spam sent to username+amazon@gmail.com, you'll know it was Amazon that sold your info. Also if you do start getting spam, you can create a filter to delete email sent to username+amazon@gmail.com.

    Some sites do not allow email addresses containing a plus sign. If that happens, use this trick instead: Insert periods anywhere in your username. For example, us..er.name@gmail.com . It will be delivered to username@gmail.com . Use a different combination of periods for each site.

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    Formerly known as RockNRollPig Shpigford's Avatar
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    Interesting. Does Google have documentation of this anywhere?

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    That sounds like a pretty good idea!

    - Mark

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    what if I signed up as user.name@gmail.com? I cant log in as username, it tells me the password is incorrect...

    edit: ok, just tried, mail send to username@gmail.com is deliverd in my user.name inbox. Good to know!

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    Hmmm... so now I can prove that amazon really is run by the e-mafia

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    woot.
    thats pretty cool. didnt know about that. Lets track those spammers down:P

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    the hunt is on?
    or not....
    Have you shifted to the dark side lately?

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    very nice idea. must try that...

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    That works on any properly configured mail server.

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    Do you guys honestly believe that spambots can't pick up those addresses? It only takes one regex string to find a real email addresses within a page, yours included. Especially considering how popular gmail will be, you know for certain that they updated their spambots as soon as possible. You will hurt yourself even more trying to use multiple addresses because they both send to the same account and the spammers will be sending twice as many emails to your inbox (because they'll think it's 2 people.) That isn't the silver-bullet guys, I'd recommend hiding behind the bushes instead

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    SitePoint Wizard trampt's Avatar
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    That's not necessarily the case. Most email addresses when you sign up on sites aren't actually posted on the site but instead in your user profile and such. So using this feature is good to filter spam or just direct emails into folders.

    I've been doing this for years but I just use forwards on my email account that all point to my main email address that I never give out. That way if I start getting email from some place I just delete the forward. I think I have about 50 forwards setup over the years. I don't get any spam and if I do once the address just gets deleted.


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