Disposable email address functionality with Gmail

March 9, 2008

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).


Don’t lose emails when using Mail.app with Gmail IMAP

February 3, 2008

I set up Mail.app to use Gmail’s IMAP feature when it was released a few months ago. One thing wasn’t clear at the time, and that was how Mail.app would handle Mailbox Behaviors with the IMAP settings. Unfortunately, I forgot about it, and only realized recently that emails deleted in Mail.app were being routed to Gmail’s Trash (and deleted after 30 days) rather than being sent to All Mail.

If you’re using these together, make sure that “Move deleted messages to the Trash mailbox” is unchecked under Preferences… Accounts… ((account name))… Mailbox Behaviors.

More info at the Gmail IMAP FAQ