In an increasingly social environment disclosing your email in public can be seen as a friendly gesture. But it can also open all the pathways allowing spams and other maladies to make their way into your inbox.
But there are ways to prevent this from happening. Here is a step by step guide on how to go public with your Gmail address.
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Add a Period to your Gmail Handle
An effective way to hide your email in public is to include a period (dot) to your Gmail handle. It will change the way you receive emails. If your email address is email@example.com, go public with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create Folder (Label)
Create a new label from the “More Labels” option in Gmail. Name the label as anything you want so that you could identify it as your public email folder.
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Once you have created the folder, you will have to create a filter to direct all the new messages, for the public email address, to the new folder. This can be done using the following steps:
- Click on “Create a New Filter”
- Enter your public email address containing the dot in the “To” field and click the “Create filter with this search” button at the bottom
- Click “Skip the Inbox” option
- Check the box that says “Apply the Label” and choose the newly created label (folder)
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Now all your email messages received on the public email will be forwarded to this folder. So you will not have to worry about your spam folder or inbox getting loaded with spam messages.
Interestingly, most users don’t know about this unique method for playing around with the Gmail handle.