Let’s cut to the chase- SPAM SUCKS.
If you’re like me, every time I get an email from a SPAMMER you’re wondering ‘how in the heck did they get my email address?!’
Now there’s a way to find out. Do this one thing to always know where spammers got your email address!
All you have to do is add a few extra characters to the first part of your email address.
Here’s what you must do:
1. Add a plus sign (+) at the end of the first part of your email address (in front of the @ sign).
2. After the plus sign ADD a few characters to identify where you’re sharing your email address
Example: Say you’re using your email address to open an account at eBay.
During the signup process, you’ll be prompted to enter your email address.
If your email address is JohnSmith@gmail.com you would enter the following into the signup form:
If your email address was firstname.lastname@example.org and you were signing up for a Dropbox account you could enter:
Pretty easy, right?
Why does this work?
This works because everything after the plus sign will be ignored by the Internet’s email system.
Any messages sent to the ‘made-up’ email address will be delivered to the original email address just fine.
The only difference is the “To:” field in your incoming emails will display the “made-up” email address instead of the original email address.
Example: If you entered JohnSmithemail@example.com for eBay signup and then a hacker manages to steal your email address from eBay, any incoming SPAM emails sent to that stolen email address will have JaneDoefirstname.lastname@example.org listed in the email’s “To:” field.
That means if you start receiving SPAM emails with that email address in the “To:” field you’ll know immediately that the email address was either stolen from, leaked by, or sold by eBay.
Note: I’m not implying in any way that eBay might compromise your email address. This is simply an illustration.
You can easily give this technique a try right now if you want…
Simply create a new email addressed to yourself (yes, you can send an email to yourself), but add something like +test immediately before the @ sign in “To:” field.
After you’ve written a short test message just click the “Send” button and wait for the email to arrive in your inbox.
When the test email arrives it should have your original email address plus the extra characters you added to it in the “To:” field.
Bottom line: If you add a plus sign followed by a short description of the website in question to your email address every time you sign up for something on the Internet, you’ll always know exactly where future SPAMMER(s) got your email address!
To finish up, here’s a fantastic video that explains why Gmail is such a great choice for your email provider. Check it out!
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.
This content was originally published here.