(Image licensed by Colleen Collins)

(Image licensed by Colleen Collins)

Sometimes online sites require that you register with your personal email address. Unfortunately, some of these sites start spamming you with unwanted email or might even sell your private email address to a third-party vendor, such as another database.

You can protect your private email address by setting up an alternate email address. Below are several suggested options.

Use a public email address for such requests

For example, create an account on Gmail (such as use4forms@gmail.com) that you use for online registrations. If you decide you want to see emails from an organization, you can set up forwarding from use4forms@gmail.com to your personal Gmail account.

Create a disposable email address

One popular disposable email address service is guerilla.com. This service does not require that you register.

Spamgourmet requires users to register via a personal email address, to which it sends future emails you create using a disposable spamgourmet email address format. My wife, a private investigator, loves using spamgourmet and says it has kept her private email address private.

Use a masking service

Blur (formerly MaskMe) has a free option that masks emails and passwords, as well as a pay-for option that masks email addresses and passwords, credit card data, and phone numbers.

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