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Gmail Tips and Tricks 2010-06-07 03:47:01

Geek Tip: Pre-Label Your Gmail Addy to Sort Out Spam

Although my spam folder isn't totally out of control, it does fill up faster than I'd like it to. It seems that no matter how hard you try at keeping your email private — only giving it out on a need-to-know, or sign-up basis — it can end up in the wrong (read: unsolicited) hands.

This little trick is modified from a tip I gave you a while back: you can add the plus sign at the end of your gmail address to sort email into specified folders. This is not only great for organization, but it can also alert you when someone has sold your email address for unsolicited spam. Find out how after the break.

For example, when you use your email to sign up for a service or website — we'll use Netflix for this instance — just use yourgmailaddress+netflix@gmail.com instead of your usual email address. This way, if you get any new spam in your inbox with that address in the To: field, you'll know who's selling off your deets. Information is key!

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rkelber rkelber 7 years
This is great. How do you set up folders in gmail? I only thought you could label.
Josh-Mast Josh-Mast 7 years
Wow I didn't know about this, that's awesome!
esh712 esh712 7 years
I love this trick and I will be putting it to good use! too bad there's no way to retroactively apply this trick to see where my current spam is coming from. :P
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