Hotmail Offers Throw-Away Accounts To Help You Manage Email

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News Posted: Fri, Feb 4 2011 11:52 AM

Most of us have created a temporary email address at one time or another in an effort to avoid spam and other junk mail from entering our primary email account. Now, the Windows Live team is looking to make this a bit easier for Hotmail users with the launch of a new alias service that will be available starting today.

With the alias, you'll be able to create completely different email addresses from your primary address. Messages sent to the alias will be delivered to your primary account without anyone knowing your "real" email address. Starting today, you'll be able to add up to five aliases per year to your Hotmail account, up to 15 aliases total.

Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account

Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account. Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address, the new aliasing feature makes it easy to use a different email address and still get all the benefits of Hotmail without having to change your primary email address and online identity.

The email address a person uses is a big part of their online identity. The average person maintains three different email addresses in order to organize different types of email, maintain different personas, or keep junk mail away from a primary email address. So there are many good reasons that people want multiple email addresses, but maintaining multiple accounts, with different user names and passwords that require you to check multiple inboxes, is inefficient. With today’s update, Hotmail helps you save time by making it easier to manage your current and future email addresses in one place.

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Hotmail (and many other email services) already allow you to just add a plus sign (‘+’) and a descriptive word to the first part of your email address. For instance, if your email address was doctor-smith@live.com and you wanted to create an alias for online shopping, you could use doctor-smith+shopping@live.com. Email sent to this alias will still be delivered to your inbox or to a particular folder. This can help with managing different types of incoming email. In addition to the plus feature, we’ve also released Sweep to help manage this type of incoming email traffic. 

However, with the plus addresses that many services offer, it’s still very easy to determine your actual email address and there are times when you simply don’t want to give out any part of your real email address – that’s where our new alias feature helps you out. Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is. 

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new car. There are a bunch of websites that will email you price quotes, sales alerts, etc. During your car search, these messages are helpful, but once you’re done, they become clutter that can be difficult to stop. By using an alias on these websites instead of your main email address, you can avoid this. And when you’re done, just turn the alias off, ensuring future unwanted messages that are sent to that alias don’t land in your inbox.

You might also be concerned that your address could be sold to other companies or could result in a large amount of new email that you don’t want or doesn’t belong in the same place as your regular email. Or maybe you want an address that’s better suited to your hard-core gaming persona rather than your normal, professional one. Starting today, you can add up to five aliases per year to your Hotmail account, up to fifteen aliases in total, all designed to make it a lot easier to organize different types of email and personas in one Hotmail inbox without having to give out your primary email address if you don’t want to. 

With the option to use Hotmail with any email address and the ability to easily add aliases, we look forward to hearing how you’re better managing and securing your online identity.

Dharmesh Mehta
Director, Windows Live Product Management

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coolice replied on Fri, Feb 4 2011 2:05 PM

Smart!! I have 3 hotmail accounts

1) i use for meh... just in case, its an old account

2) Good spam... for example redflagdeals deals of days, forums, etc

3) bad spam... some websites u need to register just because u need to.

Saves me a ton of time and trouble. I wish gmail comes out with a similar feature.

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Resin replied on Fri, Feb 4 2011 3:42 PM

I'm wondering in what ways they do differ from just a throw away account.

It does seem like a good idea though, gmail should indeed do the same, as I much prefer gmail.

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Neat, now i can access all my emails(well new ones) with out logging out and back in.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Feb 4 2011 6:44 PM

Resin: Well you don't need to create a new account for every email address and you can even communicate through these email addresses and delete them if you only intend to use them temporarily.

Don't want to give them their real email address right?

 

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