Another great use for using a temporary email address is used in conjunction with the Bay Area FasTrak Toll Violation Payment Confirmation.
With bridges that automatically send you toll violations, consider using a temporary email address when making an online payment. These agencies and special-purpose districts collect your payments and request your email address at the same time.
With the Bay Area FasTrak service, the Toll Violation Payment Confirmation you receive via email does not even include a confirmation number. The message from the Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center Team simply says you have made a payment.
For simple messages like these, is it really worth giving out your personal email address? It's a one time, auto-generated correspondence that you are you can't even reply to. If you had any real disputes, you would most likely call or mail them a letter.
Yes, of course, they do have some personal information about you, e.g. your mailing address and vehicle's license plate number, but does that mean you should give them all of your personal information? Of course not.
We hear about identity theft, and major companies and organizations getting their customer's data stolen. That's why it's always best to give these agencies the least amount of information as possible in order to help protect yourself in case your data is stolen.
So definitely consider using a temporary email address from EmailOnDeck the next time you have to make an online payment to the Bay Area FasTrak Violation agency.
Be (drive) safe out there.
Things have changed drastically over the years, especially when it comes to maintaining your online privacy.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, if you needed to provide your email address online, for the most part you could just make up one there on the spot. For instance, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These email addresses didn't even need to exist. Most websites didn't check to see if these email addresses could accept email. Usually they just checked to make sure you had that "@" symbol and some .com, .net, .edu or .org top level domain (referred to as the big-four).
Over time, website owners realized that people mis-typed their email addresses and wanted/needed additional confirmations of the email addresses. So started the time when you would need to enter your email address, and then enter it again to confirm. Since many people simply copy/paste their original input box into the confirm input box, the results were marginal at best.
In the early/mid 2000s, social media sites and dating sites started becoming more popular and with them, these sites started emailing all sorts of notices. Things like, "someone looked at your profile", "someone poked you", "someone left you a comment" and so on.
These legitimate websites started sending out crazy amounts of emails and were running the risk of looking like spammers to the ESPs.
The websites needed a way to prove their reputation to the ESPs and started validating their user's email addresses more strictly to do so.
On sign up, these websites performed a bunch of checks, including: Does the mail server actually exist? Does the email server accept email? Is the email address provided actually accepted by the email server?
Only upon validating all these questions did the website accept the email address as valid and let the user into the site.
At this point, most people only had one email address. It was most likely the email address your internet service provider (ISP), or possibly your school gave you. Though people were starting to use free email web software like Hotmail and Gmail.
With only one email address, and using it for everything, from banking and personal correspondence, to social and dating accounts, it is very easy to track the same identity across the web.
Enter, the temporary email address.
People realized the need to for alternate identities online. One that they could use for work, one for personal, one for pleasure amongst others.
Today, we still think that EmailOnDeck provides the best temporary email service to protect your online privacy. We do not track your emails, and we wipe our logs daily.
We empower you and help you continue to protect your privacy while online from the thousands of individuals who want to steal it from you.
Be safe out there!
No matter how many times you receive spam emails and do not open them, or move them to junk mail, there always seems to be new, unwanted emails sneaking their way into your email's inbox. Sound familiar? If so, read on to learn about the different ways you can stop spam emails permanently.
Be careful who you give your email address to
If you find yourself at an opt-in page that is requesting your name and email address, think twice before submitting your information. Determine if you trust the website. Read through any privacy policies or terms and conditions to see if there are any subtle caveats to handing out your email address. Some businesses will sell your email address to other people you may not want contacting you.
Unsubscribe from mailing lists
If you notice you are receiving excessive emails from the same contact, it may be because you are on their mailing list. You may not have even realized you signed up to be on it, but once you are, most email marketers will want to email you frequently to stay relevant and familiar in your mind and keep their emails from getting lost in the sea of other emails reaching your inbox. If you have had enough of their emails and want to stop them permanently, open one of them up and scroll to the very bottom. There should be an unsubscribe link that you can click on that will remove you from their mailing list.
Training your spam filter
Most email clients have filters for detecting spam. You can train and optimize your spam filter by marking spam emails as spam. If you can identify a spam email by the subject line or contact, do not even open it up, and if you do, definitely do not click on any links or download any files. Just mark the email as spam right away. Additionally, you should periodically review your spam or junk folders for spam emails that your email client filtered out. If you find any emails in your spam folder that you actually do want, label them as such so that your spam filter can better understand what you do and do not consider spam.
Hide your email address
Receiving spam goes hand in hand with accessibility of your email address. Be sure to hide your email address on any social media profiles you have if possible. Decline friend requests from unknown individuals. If you have a website or are required to list your email address, consider writing it out longhand like this:
CONTACT NAME (at) DOMAIN (dot com)
Publicly listed email addresses are easy pickings for spammers. By not writing the "@" symbol, web scraping tools used by spammers will not be able to find your email address. When registering a domain for your website, select to have the domain privacy feature. For business and prospecting purposes, you can also use form services as an alternative to directly giving out your email address.
Use a temporary email address
Your safest bet to stop spam emails permanently is to use a temporary or disposable email address. By using a temporary email address you can misdirect spammers away from your primary email address. You can get a temporary email address in no time and for free. If you are not interested or skeptical of receiving emails from particular sources, a temporary email address will minimize the risk and keep your primary email address safe and sound.
The more methods of preventing spam emails you use the more likely you will be able to stop receiving spam emails permanently. Whether it be monitoring who you give your email address to, unsubscribing from mailing lists, training your spam filter, hiding your email address, or using a temporary email address, any action you take to protect your email address will contribute to halting spam emails.