We should have a different email for each website

December 15, 2019 ยท written by Author Image Son Nguyen Kim

Why do I receive so many spams?

When this question was asked by my girlfriend (now wife ๐Ÿ˜…), my immediate answer was “Stop giving away your email” and I suggested creating a secondary email for “suspicious” websites. Also, using the same email everywhere is like leaving the same footprint on the Internet, allowing advertisers to cross-reference your online behavior.

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She followed the advice, created a second email and was happy at first. But now she doesn’t even check this mailbox as there are so many spams in it ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.

So creating a second email is not a true solution. She needs more than 2, maybe hundreds. And why not an email for each website? But she cannot go to Gmail or Outlook to create hundreds of accounts, this is unmanageable. There must be a better way.

The solution is email alias. An alias is a normal email address but all emails sent to an alias will be forwarded to your real email address. Alias acts therefore as a shield (or a proxy) for your real email address. An alias can be disabled anytime, making the spams stop.

Nowadays, some websites allow to unsubscribe quickly but a lot of them still make unsubscribing a difficult process. Some wouldn’t even honor the request. And this doesn’t stop the websites from cross-referencing your data with your email being the common key.

Let’s make spammers' life harder with email alias!