I often get asked about how to avoid spam, and the answer really is to reduce your spam – you probably will never be totally spam-free. One great way is to use disposable email addresses – Gmail makes it easy! Gmail also has great spam filtering built right in!
Let’s say your email address is email@example.com and you sign up for an Amazon account. Just use the plus sign (+) after yourusername and before the at sign (@) and you get the custom email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe you sign up for a webmaster forum called “the idiot webmaster” I could use the email address email@example.com for that one. Now you can go into Gmail and have these emails filtered (marked, labeled, deleted, whatever).
You can also add periods in firstname.lastname@example.org (anywhere!). You can use email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or even .y.o.u.r.u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e.@gmail.com and they all work. At any rate those can also filter these email addresses, and all with ONE gmail account. Cool, huh?
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2 hidden ways to get more from your Gmail address