If it were possible to keep up with 20 to 30 different email addresses, we’d do it to compartmentalize our accounts, loyalty cards, family members we don’t like, etc. It’s not possible to remember more than maybe three to five different email addresses, so we look for simpler solutions. So let’s look at AnonAddy, an up and coming email platform that allows you to make on the fly email addresses and track where your emails originate from. This becomes extremely useful when you start getting a bunch of spam and you want to know what started it. If one of these unique email addresses shows up on a people search engine, you’ll know who is selling your data.
The key feature that AnonAddy offers is the ability to choose a base email domain and create email addresses on the fly (called aliases). In our example, we chose the username tpidg. If we set up a custom domain, we can make this whatever we want, but by default, it becomes tpidg.anonaddy.me. This gives us the ability to make as many email addresses as we want, such as:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
From the main aliases page, we can monitor when an alias is first created, the bandwidth used, and how many emails are being forwarded to your recipients.
Receiving a Forwarded Email from AnonAddy
Receiving an email from a custom email alias is a transparent process and is done automatically with the option to block domains if you wish. Each email you get will tell you which alias the email was sent to and include a link to disable that alias. If you start getting a lot of spam from firstname.lastname@example.org, you know who sold your information!
Email Alias Recipients
You can have up to 20 recipient emails set for each alias. This allows you to share an alias with your family or coworkers and at all times maintain control over that email. Want to give your wife access to your Internet Provider account, but still want email notifications about your account? This is a perfect use of this feature. If you have an archive email that you use to back all of your emails up, this would also work quite well for that.
If you need to respond to an email you received through an alias, you can do so privately. This is done by replying to the automatically generated email. It looks something like the email address in the to line of the first picture below. On the other side, it appears as if you are replying as your alias.
There are other platforms out there, such as 33mail that do pretty much the same thing. AnonAddy has a few advantages over them, the main being the obvious one: not many people are using them yet. This means they are less likely to be blocked on many popular websites. Another advantage is that this project is completely open source and it’s totally possible to host this by yourself. You can check out the project on Github: https://github.com/anonaddy/anonaddy
Go register for a beta account here: https://app.anonaddy.com/register
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