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Reduce Spam Email: Spam Gourmet | Savvy Tech Tips

February 7th 2007

Reduce Spam Email: Spam Gourmet

spamgourmet.jpgComputer: All • Level: Novice

A couple of weeks ago I posted about two outstanding anti-spam temporary email services that can help get you through obligatory email fields with little hassle and keep the spam from piling up in your mailbox. Spam Gourmet is another free anti-spam email solution, but one that requires no software and takes a different and very useful twist on temporary email.

Simply put, Spam Gourmet is an email forwarding service that allows you to create an unlimited number of email addresses that will automatically forward to your real email address. Furthermore, each forwarding address has a customizable limit on the number of emails that will be forwarded. Even cooler, you may never have to return to the Spam Gourmet’s website once you set your account up.

It works like this. You register at the site using your real email address, and create a user name for the account. Once you’ve done that and confirm your email address, you’re Spam Gourmet account is set to go. The format for creating forwarding emails is like this:

  • Anyword.number.username@spamgourmet.com

This may look a bit intimidating, but it’s actually quite straightforward. “Anyword” is any random word you decide to use. “Number” is the number of emails (up to 20) to this address you wish Spam Gourmet to forward to your real address. “Username” is your Spam Gourmet account user name. So say I go to a website that asks for me email to register for interesting software bargains. I’m not sure if I trust this company yet, so I decide to make up a Spam Gourmet forwarding email address. I type the following into the email field:

  • softwaretest.5.johndoe@spamgourmet.com

“Softwaretest” is a random word I created on the spot. “Johndoe” is my account user name. The way I’ve set this up, the first five emails sent to this address will pass through Spam Gourmet and will automatically get forwarded to my real email address. Any subsequent email sent to this address will get blocked by Spam Gourmet’s anti-spam filter.

But now you’re thinking, “What if I decide I like the email I’m getting from a particular address, and I don’t want it to stop?” Aha! For this you actually do need to return to Spam Gourmet’s website, log in to your account, and click on advanced mode. Once there, you can make all kinds of modifications to any one of your Spam Gourmet email addresses, whether to simply increase the limit (max is 20 though), or set a sender’s address or website to “always trust”. What an excellent feature!

One neat side feature here is that Spam Gourmet’s website keeps track of the number of emails eaten by a particular address. If you are willing, organized, and a little bit obsessive, you could probably keep track of which websites and companies would be turning your trusty email address over to spammers, had you not been fighting it with Spam Gourmet.

I’ve tested the service, and everything works perfectly. Emails are forwarded quickly to my real account, and each comes with information in the title telling me the number of the emails sent to that particular Spam Gourmet address and the currently set limit. Once past the limit, the anti-spam protection kicks in and blocks subsequent emails. Very slick.

For more details, check out Spam Gourmet’s FAQ, which goes into greater depth on almost everything in this article.

Enjoy!

2 Comments »

  1. Guerrilla Mail: Free yourself from spam…

    Guerrilla Mail provides you with disposable e-mail addresses which expire after 15 minutes. You can read and reply to e-mails that are sent to the temporary e-mail address within the given time frame….

    Trackback by Tech Weekly — April 5, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  2. If you are using Outlook as your email client, I recommend you SPAMfighter. I’ve been using them for long time and I’m happy with it. It is a blacklist based anti-spam. Free edition works like a charm.

    I founded a nice article at http://www.thereviews4u.com

    Nice blog BTW.

    Comment by Marvel — February 27, 2008 @ 11:05 am

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