[TriLUG] alternate ways to reduce spam (was: OT: Google advertising for spammers?)
cmp at cmpalmer.org
Tue Aug 31 13:22:27 EDT 2010
On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM, Chris Merrill <chris at webperformance.com> wrote:
> I run my own mail server. Every time I must provide an e-mail address (to a website,
> etc.), I create a unique entry in my "aliases" file and record who that alias
> was given to (and when).
Nearly non-techie way to do this with gmail:
Gmail doesn't offer traditional aliases, but you can receive messages
sent to your.username+any.alias at gmail.com. For example, messages sent
to jane.doe+notes at gmail.com are delivered to jane.doe at gmail.com.
You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to
Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another
Your "computer illiterate" friends/family could probably use this
trick if you explained it to them. Who knows how long it will continue
to foil email address harvesting bots.
Cristóbal M. Palmer
UNC Chapel Hill
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