How To Use Gmail Aliases To fight Spam


gmail-email-spam-200Whether you like it or not, Spam mail do enter your inbox, Inspite of having a spam filter, few mails get sneak through your inbox. One old trick remains to mention your email as your name[at]mail.com to prevent bots in capturing your email from public forums, blogs and websites. Another alternative is to use Email alias, Google apps does offer traditional alias support which is called as Nick name, but if you are a regular gmail user that feature is not provided instead you have a more powerful feature which is use any email id as alias with the only condition that the alias should start with your real email id. What I mean by this is you can receive messages sent to yourusername+any.alias@gmail.com. For example, messages sent to jane.mary+newsletters@gmail.com are delivered to jane.mary@gmail.com. Now You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account. Isn’t that easy. Some of the notable points of this powerful Gmail features are:

  • You can have as many aliases as you like per Gmail username
  • You can apply Gmail filters to individual aliases to help organize your mails like use username+creditcards@gmail.com, username+jobs@gmail.com, and create a filter in settings to either trash it, star it, archive it, label it or forward it to some other email address.
  • You can use Gmail aliases as disposable email addresses to handle spam.
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Creating Alias Filters in Gmail

Incase you want to create some filters for redirecting your email or labelling them, below are steps on how to do that.

  1. Click the Settings tab in the top right of your Gmail inbox page.
  2. Click on Filters
  3. Now Click on Create a new filter
  4. Type your email alias in the [To:] field
  5. Click Next step
  6. Check the boxes for the actions you would like. In this case I chose the following options:
  7. a) Skip the Inbox (Archive it)
    b) Apply Label such as “Personal” (If you don’t have a label created, click “Create new label” and choose a name.)
    c) Never Send it to Spam

  8. Click Create Filter
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Gmail Filters


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