- Use these email hacks to fake websites and filter incoming messages
- Add point everywhere
- Add plus tag as filter
Use these email hacks to fake websites and filter incoming messages
If you have a Gmail address, technically you only have that address, but with a few tweaks, you can create dozens of variations that look different for websites, all without creating new Gmail accounts.
When you set up a Gmail hack as described below, your address will look different with dots and plus signs. What happens is that every website that stores your email thinks so [email protected] is different from [email protected] and that both are still different from [email protected] .
In reality, though, Google ignores periods and plus signs in its email addresses, so it sees all incoming email — regardless of the dot or plus sign — as the same account.
If this is confusing, consider this: When you signed up for Gmail and chose your email address, you could have used the tricks below and it wouldn’t have made a difference. You can even log into Gmail with one of these changed addresses and Google will take you to the same email account with the same email addresses, contacts, etc.
Add point everywhere
Gmail ignores addresses with dots, so put a dot anywhere in your email and Gmail will pretend it doesn’t exist. However, any website you sign up for will think your dotted email is different from your non-dotted email, meaning you can register multiple accounts on the same website without having to use multiple email accounts.
Below are some examples and keep in mind that every address is the same, so you can mail to all these addresses and they will end up in the same mailbox.
You cannot add a period after a character @ , but nothing before opening it for customization. You can even add more than one period, such as:
Again, all three email addresses above are the same according to Google. You can, for example, create three Twitter accounts with these addresses, because Twitter assumes that each address belongs to a different person.
Some websites recognize this behavior and prevent you from creating more than one account with the same email address, even if you use this period setting. However, for most sites, you can expect this to work.
You can go crazy and add multiple periods side by side. However, this method only works for Gmail logins; You cannot message anyone if the two dots are next to each other.
this is ….. is ….. ….. [email protected]
these are.de…..s.am…[email protected]
this.ar …e.de.e.the [email protected]
Add plus tag as filter
Another way to generate different Gmail addresses with just one syntax trick is to add a plus sign to the end of the username (before @ ). By doing this, you can add other words to your address so that it can look very different.
Here are some examples exposing the “[email protected]” email address:
So why do you want to add a plus sign to your Gmail account? In addition to tricking some websites into allowing you to create multiple accounts, as described above with points, it makes it easier to understand if a website is selling your email address to advertisers.
For example, if after creating an account on a website with [email protected] you will get weird emails sent to that unique address from companies you have never interacted with, rest assured that the site you signed up for has provided their email address.
Another thing you can do with a Gmail address with a plus sign is to set up Gmail filters. For example, if you subscribe to the email newsletter with the “ilovehunting” example above, you can have Gmail automatically filter emails sent to that address in a folder containing only messages from that hunting bulletin.
To set up email filters using your hacked Gmail address, follow these steps:
Click the settings icon in the top right corner of Gmail, then click Settings in the drop-down menu.
Click Filters and blocked addresses in the list of tabs.
Click Create a new filter at the very bottom of the page.
Enter a custom Gmail address in the text field To who . For example, you can write: [email protected] if you want to filter all emails sent to that address.
Click Create filter .
To automatically move messages sent to this address to a specific folder, select the shortcut next to Apply Shortcut . This drop-down menu also has the option to create a new shortcut.
Optionally, check other options that you want to include, such as mark the message as read or never spam.
Click Create filter to end the filter.