Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Use Now, Dispose Later....Your Email Addresses

Well, use and throw phenomenon seems to have hit web too. Now you can dispose of email addresses that you no longer wish to use…What? Yes, ………………….but why would I want to do that?

Simple, say you are about to buy something on the web or you found some interesting article and for that information to reach you, they normally ask you for the email address. You gave, it was good for sometime but now you are receiving unwanted emails from them, their partners, etc etc as well? The innumerable Unsubscribe requests have not yielded desired results and you are sick of those mails. What would you do?

Here is a pretty nice solution from Yahoo on countering unwanted mails. It’s called Address Guard and it provides Disposable email address.

Here is how it works:

You create a virtual alias to your existing email address. For example, if the parent email id is praxhoo@yahoo.com, you create an alias praxhoo-subsribes@yahoo.com You will continue to receive emails on this new id and it lands in the inbox of parent email account. You can assign color code to these emails and move them to pre-set folders using rules. Now, should you start receiving spam emails on this id and you no longer want mails subscribed to this id, you can just delete it off so that no mail comes to you.

To start using this in Yahoo mail, Go to Options > Mail Options > Spam > Set up Disposable address Disposable Addresses.

Create an alias and start using it for all things going to garbage later :)

Although it has been around from sometime I guess not many of us are aware of this. Similar solutions are being provided by other emails vendors as well but I recently tried one from Yahoo and it works like charm.

Long live the concept of use and throw.