Just wanted to share the idea of single-use email addresses. Basically, start treating email addresses that you use when signing up for apps like passwords. They should be unique, generated and used only once. Store them inside a password manager. This protects you from leaking personal data (in case of personalized email address) and makes nearly impossible to hack into your accounts (when you don’t what to hack, you can’t hack it).
I made this site protectiid.com where you can find all the info about how to protect your online privacy with single-use email addresses, how does it work and how to set it up (it’s fairly straightforward, no coding necessary).
- buy a domain that you keep secret (eg.: yxz.com)
- configure catch-all (wildcard) email address (*@yxz.com) that forwards all incoming emails to your primary email address
- when signing up, generate a random hash as the part before @ with your domain (email@example.com)
I made also a Chrome extension that generates these hashes for you and you just copy the single-use email address. Some folks were worried that email addresses with random strings can get you blocked, so the extension can also generate a “fake user”, eg.: firstname.lastname@example.org. The same principle, only less suspicious.
I’ll open source the site + extension very soon.