Disposable email address functionality with Gmail

Spamgourmet is a well-known service for providing disposable email addresses. Why would you need a disposable email address? A site asks you to register before you can access its content, but you don’t want to receive marketing email from that site (or its future owners, who may or may not respect the privacy policy you agree to now). Labeling disposable email addresses also helps you identify sites that leak or sell your personal data.The official Gmail blog just posted an article on “2 hidden ways to get more from your Gmail address“. You can append a “+” sign to the end of your email address, and you will still receive the email.

So, for example, I can register for a site with thenunchuk+suspicioussite@gmail.com. If I start getting spam emails from somebody else sent to thenunchuk+suspicioussite@gmail.com, I can set up a rule to auto-delete them (rather than having to register a new address).

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6 Responses to Disposable email address functionality with Gmail

  1. Mike V says:

    This didn’t work for me when I tried it, unless the site I registered to is taking a long time to send me the mail.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Wow it worked!!!!!!

  3. Yaz Okulu says:

    does anyone knows if there is any other information about this subject in other languages?

  4. J says:

    The + sign is useful if you were to assign labels (example: yourname+superman@gmail.com add label named “Superman” and Filter using “To: yourname@superman@gmail.com)

    The “.” however, doesn’t work. I tried and tried different variations using my company intranet, Yahoo! Mail and my Google Apps site.

  5. Debbie says:

    This works as long as you are entering the email on a website that will accept the ‘+’ character, which many do not, unfortunately. I would LOVE to find a workaround to this, because I really like using this as an additional filter. Any ideas? I’ve tried entering the ascii code (&#43) but most sites (or all?) that won’t let you enter the ‘+’ character also won’t allow the ‘&’ and ‘#’ characters.

  6. Kay says:

    Just use “.” (dot) instead of “+”. It works.

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