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[–] Talc 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

some mailserevers will let you use myname+zippycrochet@example.com to do similar, makes it a lot easier to block the spam if zippycrochet sells your email address, others let you insert periods anywhere you want before the @ like myn.am.e@example.com which can be used to do the same. You may need to find out what your mail provider allows, and some websites incorrectly block addresses with a + in them.

For persistent spam sources such as ebay, it might be worthwhile setting up a custom address like ebayonly@example.com and then rejecting all mail to that address which does not have from: *@ebay.com, this works very well to keep out the chinese ebayers who seem to think that one transaction justifies a free-for-all on the email address.

keeping the email tips rolling!

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[–] NeedleStack [S] 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

That is some seriously advanced knowledge. I feel like a grandma now. Thanks for the advice!

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[–] DabbaDan 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

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Well hello there, beautiful :) wink

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[–] BakedMofoBread 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This. Been doing it for years with gmail. The best bit is after I'm unsub'd, i can just filter out all the mail addressed to that specific alias.

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[–] NoRagrets 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com
https://www.guerrillamail.com

Every login entry in my LastPass DB has a unique Username/Password/Email address. I always provide the obfuscated email address to the party I'm signing up with and save the recovery address in the notes field of my DB entry.

If a website will not allow an email address with '+' in it. Get a https://mail.yandex.com address. You can sign up for one of these without any external verification. Just click skip when it asks for mobile.

Using GuerrillaMail also cuts down on spam, they delete emails after 1 hour.
I don't care for newsletters, and if I need a password reset, obviously I'm going to be checking for incoming mail in realtime.

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[–] 0011011000111001 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Does anyone have a list of providers and what they allow? Like.. does Yahoo! offer this kind of protection? Does Gmail? Live? Etc.. @NeedleStack

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[–] jhaluska 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I can confirm Gmail does it and I use it all the time for this reason.

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[–] Charlez6 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Using "+" is part of the email protocol, as far as I know. If it's going to be disallowed, it's likely to be the website blocking it at registration time rather than your email server.

You can just email yourself to test it. If your email address is bob@gmail.com, log in and send something to bob+testing@gmail.com

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[–] crustyjuggler 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Check out mailinator for places that guarantee spam. I have my mailinator account simply bookmarked on my browser.

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[–] Ina_Pickle 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Genius.

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have been doing something like what you do for 20 + years. Example: aileronron@yahoo.com and I have a real email account just for online shopping. My real email account is unknown even to family members and is used for bank,credit cards exc.

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[–] abear 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

in addtion to what talc said, some web providers will let you bounce any message to a certain domain to a single email box. I have a domain that I use for my business and since its just me, i sign up for stuff with <service>@<business.com> so I can always check the recipient email address to know who sold me out. then to change it just update your email address to something new and black-hole the old email address. a bit easier to setup than talc's method.