|Spider-Man protects his email, do you?|
Peter Parker: a smarter than average high school student, often ostracised for being different, and more commonly known as Spider-Man. Spider-Man goes to extremes to protect his identity and if he had an email address in the modern age, he would ensure it wasn’t captured by web criminals. Do you channel Spider-Man and take the necessary steps to protect that which is important to you, namely your email address?
Failing online protection from a superhero here’s five things you can do to ensure your email address is properly protected.
Give your email a disguise
Many programs look for traditional emails like [email protected], so to disguise your email, spell it out: imthebatmanATgmailDOTcom or, imthebatman(DELETETHIS)@gmailDOTcom. People are smart enough to figure out that the AT and DOT are actually @, . or to delete (DELETETHIS). You’d be surprised at how much this will cut down on spam.
Protect your email’s identity
You should also read the Privacy Statements of all websites you have accounts with. Yes, there is lots of legal speak and they are long, but thats to get the user to scroll to the bottom of the document and hit accept. Look for clauses regarding your email, and note any companies that say they reserve the rights to sell your email to advertisers or aren’t held liable for stolen information, as you can ensure that your email will be spammed.
Beyond that, many websites allow you to hide your email address from other users. It’s highly recommended that you do this and an option to do so can usually be found in the Account Options or Account Security sections of your user profile on websites.
Don’t respond to flashy requests
Get your email a side-kick
Take a picture of your email
The easiest way to do this is open MS Paint, (if you have a windows machine), or an online image creator like pixlr and type your email address into the image, resize so it just fits the font and hit save. The best format to save it as is a .jpeg, as it can be easily read by Internet browsers and email programs. Most email programs will allow you to put an image into your signature, typically done under Settings.
You don’t have to be a superhero to protect your email, just take these precautionary steps and your important email addresses will be as safe as any superhero’s true identity. If you’d like to learn more about staying secure while surfing the Internet, please contact us, and we will come to your aid.
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