How to set up an Alias Email Address to Use for Social Media
It’s actually very easy to set up an alias email address. You can use them for social media and for applications and other uses. Not only will having an alias email help maintain your privacy online, it will also cut back on the number of emails you get from various sources. Your email address is connected to a wide variety of information and it’s often used by data brokers and other data gatherers to identify you. Even if you create an email that is very different from your name, once you sign up for something using your real name and that specific email address, those two pieces of information are connected. Anyone selling your data will match that information. Data brokers often have a list of all email addresses associated with your name. So when creating an alias email address you need to also use a fake name for things like apps and other online uses. Keep in mind that having an alias email address does not keep your browsing private. You will be somewhat anonymous. Unless you’re using a VPN your IP address can be tracked, so you are not browsing in complete privacy. As far as keeping having some autonomy on social media, this is a good option. As long as you’re not using it in situations where your identity is required, using a fake name will allow you to sign up for apps, leave comments, and join social media networks without being identified. There is no encouragement here of using the emails for harming others, or for harassing people online, but if you’re using it to protect your own privacy from data thieves and/or stalkers, then it is a legitimate alternative. It sure beats having to remove your name from the internet because someone got a hold of your personal information and posted it on various websites.
While there are already too many people using fake emails to stalk and troll online, there are good uses for making additional emails to join certain apps, be on social media, or for business use. Most apps require you to enter an email. There are some retail stores online, media websites, and others now that request an email address be entered before you can use their site, which is a violation of privacy. They do this to send emails and newsletters, information and coupons, or other things to you. Some people want access to these types of coupon emails, others consider it spam. Even if you want access to coupons or sales events or other information, you can access it from the new email address, but setting up a unique address keeps these emails from being sent to your personal or business email. Most people should have at least two email addresses, but you can actually have as many as you need. If you have a small business, you should always have one or more separate email addresses for your company.
To set up a unique, alias email address you can use Gmail, Yahoo, or any other public email company. Simply create a new account, use an alias name to associate it with and an alias birth date, if required. When you create an account for social media, use that name and email address. Clearly, you don’t want to do this for business networking websites or if you use Twitter for your personal brand, because you want to use those accounts to promote your business. However, for other apps and sites, this is a great way to maintain your privacy. If you think your privacy has already been compromised, and you need to delete information from websites, you should look into an internet removal service which can help get your personal information offline.