(I’m delete-cRaZy. I keep a low inbox profile but that doesn’t mean that I don’t save emails.)
Largely, I manage by using different email addresses, which works great for me. I’m not a salesman, so I’m not constantly harassing people, jockeying for more incoming mail than the person next door. I’m a somewhat normal woman who does a shedload of online shopping, banking, social networking and such.
As always: I haven’t received a dime for reviewing neither services nor products, let alone my fantastic blogging.
Let’s go way back in time, to the mid-90s. I had one email address for maybe two or three years by that time. I can’t recall why I got a second email address. That one still exists. Why am I talking about ancient email addresses?
Because YOU may have one and let me tell you: it’s hacked or it’s going to be very soon.
Sure, if you’re on Facebook, your chances are far greater for getting hacked.
Sure, if you buy things online, subscribe to coupon or deals services, your chances are far greater for getting hacked.
Sure, if you can’t pass by a CHANCE TO WIN or a free newsletter, your chances are far greater for getting hacked.
That means YOU. And me.* That’s why I’m talking here.
One address is primarily for first-time shopping** or signing up for newsletters. I affectionately call it my SPAM address, as it gets the most SPAM — obviously — from using it for purchases, sweepstakes and newsletters! I’m obsessive about unsubscribing but that works 1/4 of the time, possibly less. I end up setting rules to send them to my trash once particular ‘froms’ become unbearable. This email addy can be ignored over the weekend, when travelling, etc.
I use Personality addresses for social networking. I RARELY sign into these social-networking addresses from a desktop. They ping my phone, which I can then delete via phone. I used them to register and later, as a notification service. For example, if I’m looking at WordPress, I don’t need to get that belated email a day later telling me somebody commented because I see their wee orange ‘comment’ notification in the upper right hand corner. BUT if I’m not in WordPress, it’s nice to get that notification via email — even if it’s a day late.
Then, there’s my Private Line. Remember (no, you don’t) when the telephone book (a book!) listed loads of numbers but you’d go to look up a specific person (Mr. Drees, my Science and Maths teacher) and it wasn’t listed? Unlisted numbers weren’t printed. You had to pay extra for that. Ma Bell knew privacy was worth something. I do, too.
Not into it? Okay, there’s also a service called Mailstrom. I liked the top two reviews on google (you can read them by googling ‘mailstrom reviews’) but it doesn’t apply thus far in life, as my method works for me.
Bear in mind: the longer anybody keeps an email address, the more likely you’ll get phished, then hacked, annoyed by millions of delivery failure notices (you’re a zombie, baby!) or the worst, your ID stolen.
A) change your passwords
B) change your passwords
C) change your passwords
* Yup. That first email address got hacked. It wasn’t just phished, which of course happened first. It was hacked and zombied. Back then, you couldn’t just delete the account. You had to send a SNAIL MAIL to cancel. That took about 2 months to turn around. What a fucking disaster. It’s so easy for you nowadays. Nevertheless, learn from me.
- Get a ‘dummy,’ shopping/ social address that you can deal with sorting/ sifting/ redirecting SPAM.
- Get an ‘unlisted,’ private address for banking — or possibly your very personal emails. Guard it like you would your social security number. Sure, it gets out there but you wouldn’t drop it to get Tide coupons.
** When and if I’ve deemed somebody ‘safe’ from sending me junk (including selling my address to others), I may switch them to my SpendsMeSomeMoney address. This is a Rare Occurrence. I prefer using my SPAM address.