Did you know that your own Gmail address has almost an infinite number of variations, this allows you to hand out a different e-mail addresses to each person which makes filtering and labelling those e-mails much simpler when they arrive in your inbox.
Giving out a separate e-mail address to companies and websites that you subscribe to lets you know if they have sold your data or not, as the e-mail address that they sell (if indeed they do) will only ever be used for them. It also makes filtering and filing e-mails much easier.
This is how it works, you take your e-mail address ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and change it to ‘email@example.com’ by adding ‘+’ and a random word, this gives your e-mail address has an infinite number of variations and will still arrive in your normal Gmail account.
So when you register on different websites with your e-mail address use a different word, for example if you sign up on Tesco’s use ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and then if you sign up at Asda use ‘email@example.com’.
If you then get any e-mails that are not from that company using that e-mail address, then you know where the security breach has been and who has sold your e-mail.
It also makes filing of those e-mails really simple, so let’s say that Tesco keep sending you e-mails that you no longer want you just set up a filter in Gmail to automatically delete all e-mails from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
This is a really simple technique to have an infinite number of e-mail addresses when you sign up for accounts, newsletters, RSS feeds and other things from different websites.
Give it a go, I think you’ll like it!