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Author Topic: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source  (Read 14428 times)

patteo

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Came across this interesting idea to track down spam sources and dump it.

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"Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses:

Gmail has an interesting quirk where you can add a plus sign (+) after your Gmail address, and it'll still get to your inbox. It's called plus-addressing, and it essentially gives you an unlimited number of e-mail addresses to play with. Here's how it works: say your address is pinkyrocks@gmail.com, and you want to automatically label all work e-mails. Add a plus sign and a phrase to make it pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com and set up a filter to label it work (to access your filters go to Settings->Filters and create a filter for messages addressed to pinkyrocks+work@gmail.com. Then add the label work).

More real world examples:

Find out who is spamming you: Be sure to use plus-addressing for every form you fill out online and give each site a different plus address.

Example: You could use
pinkyrocks+nytimes@gmail.com for nytimes.com
pinkyrocks+freestuff@gmail.com for freestuff.com
Then you can tell which site has given your e-mail address to spammers, and automatically send them to the trash.

Automatically label your incoming mail: I've talked about that above.

Archive your mail: If you receive periodic updates about your bank account balance or are subscribed to a lot of mailing lists that you don't check often, then you can send that sort of mail to the archives and bypass your Inbox.

Example: For the mailing list, you could give pinkyrocks+mailinglist1@gmail.com as your address, and assign a filter that will archive mail to that address automatically. Then you can just check in once in a while on the archive if you want to catch up.

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2006, 10:43:32 AM »
Ah, this is something similar to what I do for my mail accounts protected by TMDA but I never knew you could do it with Gmail too :Thmbsup: .

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006, 11:14:17 AM »
So is this like the Yahoo feature? Sorry I'm a bit slow in understanding.

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006, 11:44:58 AM »
nice gmail feature (does yahoo do the same thing then?).

i remember this kind of dummy email address method was discussed before on the forum but i've still not got around to implementing it.

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2006, 12:00:26 PM »
Yahoo has the similar feature.

Just tested this. This is so cool for gmail! Now it's time to delete unneccesary email addresses. :D

Thanks for the info!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2006, 07:36:35 PM »
In case you're wondering, only Yahoo Plus ($) offers that feature.

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006, 08:34:04 PM »
I really liked that idea for spam tracking until I realized its only gonna take spammers a few minutes to figure out that if they remove the +xxxx from any Gmail account they have a valid email still that's not tracked to any one place...still nice to have an unlimited amount of email addresses for free!  ;)

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2006, 03:12:28 AM »
I was just trying to download the trial version of TexNotesPro & it refused to accept the "+" version of my gmail address -
I wasn't expecting spam from them, but just using it anyway.
[my "normal" address worked]
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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2006, 03:18:57 AM »
darn, why didn't I discover this feature sooner :(

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2006, 05:06:00 AM »
Anyone using spamgourmet - free disposable email addresses, strong spam blocker, short learning curve for disposable, one-time or "n"-times usable e-mail addresses?


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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2006, 07:02:19 AM »
Anyone using spamgourmet - free disposable email addresses, strong spam blocker, short learning curve for disposable, one-time or "n"-times usable e-mail addresses?



I use SpamGourmet and Dodgeit.  Both are super. http://www.dodgeit.com/

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2006, 07:15:13 AM »
I use SpamGourmet and Dodgeit.  Both are super. http://www.dodgeit.com/
Welcome to our forum, bearbottoms! One of our members posted about your impressive freeware site yesterday. What a nice collection! :-*

Folks, check out bearbottoms' freeware site:Thmbsup:

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Re: Use Gmail to Generate Unlimited E-mail Addresses to identify spam source
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2006, 08:55:01 AM »
I use SpamGourmet and Dodgeit.  Both are super. http://www.dodgeit.com/

Thanks!

I see you posted a link to this thread in alt.comp.freeware - thanks for the attribution to DC.