Future of Emails: Real or Masked Emails

What is a masked email?

Why should you keep your email address private?

  1. Marketers: Email marketing is one of the strategies to promote businesses. It helps business owners share updates about what they do using newsletters, upsell and cross-sell their products and/or services, share discounts and coupon codes to incite purchase and generally, create an avenue to establish relationships with their prospective and existing clients. Email masking, in this case, protects you from getting marketing and promotion emails from unsolicited and unwanted emails from businesses whose offer you are not interested in. Some marketers sell your email address to other online marketing companies that will also spam your inbox with their emails. Unsubscribing from such email lists could be done but could be daunting too. This makes email masking a better option.
  2. Fraudsters/cybercriminals: Cybercriminals are interested in your real email address. They will try to log in to several platforms to access and steal more of your data especially if you are a celebrity or politician and they have very vital information that they want to get from your email. They will impersonate you and steal your identity, thereby destroying your reputation. Email masking comes in as a great option to keep your information.
  3. Hackers: Once your email address is made public, hackers can get access to all the online platforms connected to your email.
  4. Spammers: They could be cybercriminals or not. These categories of people just want you to get emails from them.
  • Email is one of the least secure forms of communication on the web.
  • Email address improves your privacy and ensures that your data on the internet is safe and hidden from unwanted internet users.
  • Email masking reduces your risk of exposure to hackers, cybercriminals, and fraudsters.
  • It prevents you from getting loads and loads of unwanted emails that will pile up in your mailbox and become nuisances.
  • Furthermore, it helps you manage your email inbox and you don’t have to deal with thousands and thousands of emails.
  • If the site you sign up on using your email address gets hacked, no one will know your email address and any of your sensitive data.

How should you keep email addresses safe using a masked email?

  • Sign up from the DuckDuckGo app here
  • Install the app and go to Settings
  • Go to Email Protection (you can join the waitlist)
  • You will get your invite link, so, click on the link. This takes you through pages that explain what DuckDuckGo offers.
  • Read the usual service terms and move on to get your unique DuckDuckGo email address which you will need to provide an email address where your masked email address would be sent to.
  • Voila! You are good to go.
  • Launch the Settings app on your Apple devices.
  • Click on your Apple ID name at the top of the main settings menu
  • Click on iCloud
  • Proceed to click on Hide My Email
  • Click on Create new address
  • Tap on Continue and label your address. You can decide to make a note on it or not
  • Click on Next, then click on Done
  • Sign up for a Fastmail account and set up 1Password in your browser
  • Sign in to your account on 1Password
  • Click integrations in the sidebar and choose Fastmail.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and connect both accounts

What should you do with your existing email that is already public?

How to protect your email

  1. Reset your password to a very strong one using mixes of upper care and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols.
  2. Set up two-factor authentication.
  3. Be mindful and careful of public WiFi as hackers can offer fake hotspots to intrude on people’s personal data.
  4. Do not share your email address anyhow, anywhere, and with anybody.
  5. Each time you log in on people’s devices, be sure to log out once you are done.
  6. Encrypt your email address

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Tech Entrepreneur, CyberSecurity innovator and author. Developer at heart. Co-founder/CTO of @LoginRadius, Upcoming stuff: https://guptadeepak.com

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Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta

Tech Entrepreneur, CyberSecurity innovator and author. Developer at heart. Co-founder/CTO of @LoginRadius, Upcoming stuff: https://guptadeepak.com

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