When signing up for online services, I don’t like to use my real email address. While the vast majority of services are reputable nowadays, I don’t want to end up in a situation where Gmail’s spam filter is my inbox’s last line of defense. In order to make this usable, I have two requirements:
- Create specific email addresses for each service I sign up for, and make the connection obvious between the address and the service.
- Not do any extra work at point-of-signup.
I should be able to do this with Gmail’s plus-addressing, but most places don’t accept those emails as valid. Bearing that in mind, I have come up with the following solution, using Google Apps: