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Protect Your E-mail Accounts from Spam with Spamavert

Are you tired of websites always asking for your e-mail address and then bombarding you with high amounts of spam? Now you can get what you need and put an end to the harassment with Spamavert.

Note: You can use the Firefox extension or directly access the website if you have a different favorite browser.

Options

Once you have the Spamavert extension installed, it is recommended to have a quick look at the options. You can choose a particular prefix and prefix separator (underscore, dash, dot, or plus sign), various options regarding Spamavert functions, and Alias Generation (very nice!).

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Using Spamavert

Using the extension is as simple as right clicking in the e-mail address blank and then clicking on “Paste Spamavert address”. It will automatically create and paste a nice temporary address. For our example it created the following address “summer-instructables@spamavert.com”.

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What Happens Afterwards?

After you have filled out the particular website form and submitted the information, a new tab will be automatically opened (if you left that option selected). Here is what our first e-mail looked like. Notice that you can also select “Back to overview”, “Subscribe”, and “Forward”…

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This is what you will see if you click on “Back to overview”…it shows a complete listing of all e-mails received within the last 7 days. This is a great feature if you are testing a website to see if they send out spam or not.

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You can also subscribe via RSS to keep watch on your new temporary Spamavert account.

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And if you decide to forward the e-mail from your Spamavert account, select “Forward” and enter the address that you want it sent to.

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More Spamavert Goodness

If you are using a different browser, you can go to the Spamavert website and find out how easy it is to create a temporary Spamavert address there (terrific!).

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Conclusion

Whether you use Firefox or the website, Spamavert provides a very nice way to avoid all the spam and keep your personal e-mail accounts clean.

Links

Download the Spamavert.com extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Spamavert Homepage

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/1/09

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