It’s frustrating. You find a website with some information you really want but they want your email address first. You already receive lots of email and do not really know. A client asked me about this recently. Here are a few ideas I shared.
First, when a web site asks for your email don’t just enter a random address. You you may be signing someone else up to receive the email. Instead try using an Internet test address.
Any email addressed to @example.com will never be delivered. So you can try entering firstname.lastname@example.org into the box. Depending on the email provider behind the box this sometimes works. You can put anything you want in front of the @. I choose “a” to save typing. Some providers notice the example.com address and ask you for a valid address.
Another option if you are using Gmail is Plus Addressing. Lets say your email is email@example.com. With plus addressing you just add a “+” followed by anything you like. So when you signed up for TNPC you could be firstname.lastname@example.org. The mail still comes to your inbox. Later you can easily set a filter on the email coming to that address. You can have as many “+” addresses as you like.
I know the Plus Addressing works with Gmail. Not sure how other providers handle it. I know some use a “-” addressing. Just check with your email provider. This is much easier than changing addresses and providers. This is a low tech, low hassle way to take quick control of your email.
Do you know how this works with other email providers or have other ideas please comment below.