So Much Junk Mail!
So you donated to a political campaign back in October, yet you're still receiving junk email from the entire party and all of its causes months later. Worse, you'll probably receive this "spam" in perpetuity. In my situation, I've been inundated with golf-related junk email. I must have signed up for an account with a golf company or association, and they shared my email with as many "partners" as they could. Removing yourself from existing mailing lists is possible, but it can be time consuming and often only somewhat effective. You should only unsubscribe from trusted, legitimate senders. The rest, you'll have to block through your email settings, which is complicated and a topic for a future article.
Hide Your Email
How do you, then, prevent more spam from invading your inbox? If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can use a nice little feature called, "Hide My Email."
•What this does: It creates a random, unique email address that automatically forwards to your private email address.
•When to use it: Whenever you sign up for something online, or through an app, and are required to enter an email address (e.g., when creating a new account).
•Why it works: Senders never see your real email address. In addition, if the sender's emails get to be too much, simply delete your "Hide My" email address from your iCloud settings and be done with it. Then, that sender won't be able to spam you again.
•How to start Hide My Email: You must first have iCloud+, which is any iCloud account that subscribes to more than the free 5GB of iCloud storage that comes with an Apple device. See plans and pricing here. You must also be running OS 12 Monterey or later on a Mac, or iOS 15 or later on an iPhone or iPad. The Hide My Email option will appear whenever you create an account while using the Safari web browser.
The next time you decide to donate to a campaign, or any set up an account, and you don't want the company to see or share your private email address, use Hide My Email. Your inbox will thank you.
Don't Have an Apple Product?
If you are a Windows or Android user, it's also possible to achieve a similar hiding of your email through Firefox Relay. For more information, click here.