It is important to hide your email address from various third-party applications and web services.
You create free accounts with some seemingly cool web service or subscribe to newsletters. This is the general practice and that’s what most people do.
But imagine if there is a database breach on the web or newsletter service. Your email address is exposed to all kinds of scammers and spammers. Such email databases are sold on the dark web all the time.
In some cases, spurious websites also collect email addresses just to send spam messages.
You are no stranger to spam, are you?
Now, some people have dedicated email addresses for these kinds of random, non-work, unimportant emails. But there are better ways to prevent spam emails.
You can use specialized tools that give you dummy email addresses to share with third parties. Emails coming to these dummy addresses are forwarded to your actual email address. Your actual email address is not exposed here (except to the tool you are using).
Do you want to stop receiving emails from certain sources? You can block it even before it reaches your inbox.
Here, I focus on listing some of the most interesting open-source tools that provide email aliases to help hide your real email address
In case you’re looking for more privacy tools (browsers, VPN, messaging, etc.): refer to our list of easy privacy tools to enhance your digital experience.