How to Keep Your Privacy with Fake Email
Do you have something you want to keep secret from your boss, coworkers, or clients? You can set up fake email addresses that help you conceal what you're doing online and protect your private accounts from others trying to snoop on them. Here's how to set up and use fake email accounts to boost your privacy and security online.
Why Use Fake Email?
While fake email doesn't offer complete privacy, it can prevent you from being tracked by advertisers or blocked by spam filters. More importantly, it's easy and free to set up. Fake email allows you to send and receive emails without using your email address. This is particularly useful if you don't want companies tracking your information but still want to shop online. Plus, having a fake email gives you more control over when and how often you hear from businesses than an accurate account tied to your name, address, and payment information.
Choosing a Fake Email Provider
There are a lot of fake email providers out there. It's important that you choose one that is safe and secure, allowing you to communicate without fear of being tracked or hacked. Many services provide options for multiple email addresses, different domains, and advanced security features. You may also want an opportunity to pay with bitcoin or another cryptocurrency if privacy is a top priority for you.
Using the Fake Account
If you want your email address to remain private, then it's essential that you don't use your real name or any details about yourself. This isn't a foolproof solution, but if you use something like Gmail and create a fake account, Google won't keep track of what other sites your account is signed up for. It also doesn't require extra software; avoid using details about yourself in your name and email address.
Revising your Settings
Most of us have our email accounts set up to push out new messages as soon as they arrive or even before that. But if you're concerned about privacy and security, it might be time to make a change. We won't get into why it's essential to tweak your settings, but we will walk you through how. The easiest way is by going directly into your account settings and turning off (or making private) any features you don't want others accessing. Most email providers offer multiple security levels these days—we recommend checking them all. Finally, consider creating a brand-new Gmail account for sign way; you'll never forget which one is real and which is fake.
How to Pick a Good Password
It's not an exaggeration to say that your password is one of, if not the most important things you have to protect your privacy. So it should be no surprise that a good passphrase is long and complex, but we use it every day. That's why it's crucial to follow a few simple guidelines when picking out a new one. It helps avoid common phrases like 123456 or password123, which hackers will quickly decipher; numbers and symbols do help, but they needn't be limited by just those characters either.
Resetting your Password
Rather than creating a new account, try signing up for an account at an email service that has disposable emails. This way, you have a constantly shifting assortment of fake emails but no real ones. You can sign up for free accounts on several websites and apps, like Mailinator or 10 Minute Mail. You'll get a different email address every time you sign in; if anyone tries to contact you via one of your fake addresses, it won't go anywhere. And when you no longer need it—if your password gets compromised or service stops offering disposable email—you can delete that address forever and move on to another one of your clean email identities.
Deleting an Old Account
When you delete an account, all your data and information is gone forever. However, if you have a social media account that you no longer use or want, you can deactivate it. An invoice will remain active when deactivated, but no new information can be posted or stored there by any of its users (including you). Deleting an account completely removes all data from Twitter's servers and permanently deletes your tweets and followers. Deactivation allows you to return later if desired; restoring a suspended or deleted Twitter account is impossible. There are two ways to delete an account: Twitter's website or Twitter's mobile app.