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hide my email addressEmail addresses are one of the hottest commodities on the web. Believe it or not, some people are willing to pay for your address. So it’s a bit strange that most of us absentmindedly give away our address to every web stranger who asks.

To those who are concerned about privacy, the web is a dangerous place. Everywhere you turn, everybody is asking you to fill in your personal information. At some level, you need to protect yourself, and not use your real email address to fill in every registration form you come across. You need an email anonymizer or email forwarding service, along the lines of NotSharingMy.Info.

In Less Than 30 Seconds

Email anonymizers are web services that will give you a new email address to use and forward all the emails you receive at that anonymous address to your real address. Every time the incoming mails get out of control, you can easily ditch the anonymous address and create a new one. But why would anyone use these services if you can do the same thing using any normal webmail service? You can easily create a new address and set that address to forward every incoming mail to your main address.

The main reason is time. Creating a new email address and going through the settings to forward all the mails takes time and effort. That’s a lot of energy wasted if you are going to ditch the address soon afterwards. Using email anonymizer services, everything is done in a snap. NotSharingMy.Info promises that the process will take less than 30 seconds.

  • Start by typing in your real email address. Then click the “Get an obscure email” button.

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  • You’ll get your new email address in less than 5 seconds. You can use your anonymous email to register for web services that you want to try, or for other occasions where you don’t want to reveal your real address.

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Customize The Address

The new address looks like this xxxxx@notsharingmy.info, where xxxxx is a randomly generated code. But NotSharingMy.Info allows you to customize the xxxxx with anything you want if you spread the word about this service to at least three of your friends.

  • Pick one of the supported web messaging platforms to start spreading the news.

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  • Then allow access so they can access your address book, and pick three or more names from the list.

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  • Click “Invite” to start recommending the service to your friends.

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  • A customization form will appear, asking you to provide your primary email address and your desired name for the “@NotSharingMy.info” address.

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More Tools

NotSharingMy.Info provides more tools you can use. If you go to the lower part of the page, you’ll see links to these tools.

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The bookmarklet tool will help you quickly anonymize your address. Drag the bookmarklet button to your browser’s bookmark bar to install it.

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Give the bookmarklet a name, click “OK” and you are ready to go.

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Click the bookmarklet every time you fill in your email address in any web form. Your email address will automatically be replaced by a randomized and anonymous address.

The NotSharingMy.Info service is also available as a Chrome extension. After you install and activate the extension, a new button will appear next to the address bar. This button has a similar function to the bookmarklet.

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If you ever wish to stop your anonymous email from forwarding incoming emails to your real mailbox, all you have to do is just cancel the address via the “Cancel forwarding” link.

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Write down the anonymous address in the field provided, click “Cancel forwarding“, and you are free from the hassle.

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Do you think you can live happily ever after without the need to anonymize your email address? Have you tried NotSharingMy.Info? What do you think about the service? Share your thoughts using the comment below.

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  1. Mobius
    September 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I found out that our DMV was selling out our information. How we found out? the DMV had specifically misspelled our name a certain way, so when we received an email with that spelling, it was pretty obvious 

    • Tina
      September 17, 2011 at 6:10 am

      Thanks for the heads-up, Mobius!

  2. Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I've a separate email id which I've been using everywhere and its used to get my sign ups, for all my personal life related issues I've my personal mail :)

  3. Lhamil64
    July 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Why not just make a separate, spam-only, email account? It's not like it costs anything to setup another gmail account. Plus it would be pretty much permanent, assuming you log in every once and a while to prevent the account being closed.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

      I've tried this route before. The problem is, the steps of logging out of the current gmail account, logging in to the spam-only gmail account, browse through the emails to find the confirmation email that we need to act on, logging out, and logging back in to our main gmail account - every time we sign up for a new service, is much longer and troublesome than clicking NotSharingMy.Info bookmarklet.

  4. Cell Travis
    July 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    It seems like a good concept but we could also use disposable email services like Pepbot if the need is temporary.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Thanks for sharing. Common disposable email services require you to log in to their web server to check new emails, while NotSharingMy.Info will forward the emails to our main address until we cancel it. It's up to personal preferences to choose which one suit our needs better.

  5. No
    July 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    couldn't you just add another address to you current email then make a rule that if anything gets sent to that box it gets moved to the trash?

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

      You mean create one new account, add it to email client, and filter the address to trash? But if you do that you will never be able to receive confirmation email everytime you use the address to sign up, won't you?

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