Last updated on May 10th, 2020
E-mail is still one of the most efficient ways to communicate with someone. No matter whether it’s for business or personal use, having an email account should always come in handy.
Even though I’ve suggested you to stop using Gmail in one of my posts, there’s still a privacy issue that you need to address no matter what email service you use.
That is – you still have to share your real email ID to communicate with someone, to subscribe to a service or signing up for an account, isn’t it?
So, how can you hide your real email address?
In this article, I’m going to share a neat little trick (or rather a service that I’m personally using) with which you can hide your real email address and still continue using your email service to send/receive emails as usual.
No, I’m not talking about any of the disposable email services – rather something that you can use for your business and personal use as well. So, what is it?
An email cloaking service is what you need to hide your real email address and still communicate with people via email.
Fret not, I’ll briefly give you all the details you need to know.
Why Do You Need To Hide Your Real Email ID?
While the idea of hiding your real email address may sound paranoid but I’ll mention a few benefits:
- Avoid spam emails and the ability to control it
- Prevent exposing your real email address if any of the services that you use gets hacked.
- Potentially protect your online accounts which do not have 2-factor authentication enabled.
So, no matter whether you want to control spam emails from newsletters or just want to keep your real email address private, hiding your real email ID using an email cloaking service is definitely useful.
You should avoid using email cloaking services for your bank communication or any other personal direct email communication that involves sensitive data.
Email cloaking services should come in handy when you want to sign up for newsletters or want to create an account for a service that isn’t potentially trustworthy.
Before I tell you about the email cloaking services that you can use, you need to understand what an email alias is.
What Is An Email Alias?
An email alias is just another name to forward the emails to your primary email address.
Now that you know the concept at least, let us take a look at how an email cloaking service can help you hide your real email address.
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What Email Cloaking Service Should You Use?
Every email service provider lets you have an email alias for your existing email account. However, that’s not entirely useful if you’re someone who signs up on a lot of websites/newsletters or if you have a lot of incoming/outgoing emails.
But, with an email cloaking tool, you can hide your real email address and create unlimited email aliases on the go.
Not just for receiving emails, you can also send emails without exposing your real email ID.
So, whenever someone asks for your email address, you can just create an email alias using the email cloaking service and you’re done!
It’s that easy!
But, what are some of the available email cloaking services?
As of now, there are two popular privacy-focused open source email cloaking services out there:
Personally, I’ve been using SimpleLogin with a premium subscription for over 2 months now. And, I’ll definitely recommend you to use it.
But, you can use both of them for free and explore more about it.
Do note that these services offer limited features for free to prevent abuse of their services. But, if you’re serious about protecting your real email address, you can opt for their premium plans later.
To give you an idea on how it works. Let’s take my example:
For instance, I use an email alias “[email protected]” for this website to receive/send emails when a reader requests something or if a company wants to get in touch with me. So, no matter what, you’ll never know my real email ID unless I share that with you.
As of now, I have 0 spam emails just because I’m using SimpleLogin. Even if I start receiving any spam emails, I can simply block them and delete my email alias if needed. Awesome, isn’t it?
It’s also available for your smartphones (iOS and Android). Not just limited to that, you can utilize it on your browser through extensions as well.
You may not notice mobile apps for AnonAddy. But for SimpleLogin, you can find both Android and iOS apps that work well.
Now that you know how to hide your real email address, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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