|Spammer detection tip for Gmail users
||[Jun. 25th, 2009|12:14 pm]
I learned today about a feature in Gmail that allows you to “tag” your email address when you give it to someone or submit it somewhere online. If I were to sign up for a mailing list or service, and I want to know if they might be giving away my address to spammers, I just enter my address as firstname.lastname@example.org. Whenever I receive an email to that address and it didn’t come from the service or site that I gave it to, I know that the address was “leaked”. I can then make a Gmail filter that catches all messages sent to email@example.com that will mark those messages as spam or simply label them appropriately.
You can also use the “+tagword” to help you sort different categories of emails. For example, I might submit firstname.lastname@example.org” as my phone service address or for online purchases. It makes it easier later on to sort the types of email I get.
Thanks again Google for not being evil.
More tips here. http://www.google.com/mail/help/tips.html
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