How to Protect Gmail from Spam with Instant Email Addresses

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Here’s an old trick from a 2008 post on the GMail blog, simply add a ‘+’ sign and a word to the end of your email address (e.g. hikingfan+spam@gmail) and you’ll get all the email sent to your instant email address in your normal inbox.

Now, here’s the cool part, after you’ve used the email address, create a filter in GMail and you can sort the email into folders or delete the email straight away. This can help protect your email address from spam and (maybe) to find out who’s sharing your email address with spamming companies.


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