Monday, 16 April 2007

Yahoo! Mail AddressGuard and Facebook Fun

So some of my friends are on Facebook and I was feeling a bit left out. But I didn't want to open my inbox to a potential flood of spam which is what apparently happens sometimes with these social networking sites. This prompted to me to look into the Yahoo! mail AddressGuard feature.

The basic idea is that you create a default name (jrmailgate in my case) and then you can easily setup a number of disposible addresses, so jrmailgate-facebook@ etc. If one address starts getting too much spam, or has found itself onto a bulk list, simply trash the address. It seems like a pretty elegant way to protect your private address.

To be honest, I'm not sure I "get" the idea of a social networking site. Seems like a lot of hassle, but it's all "Web 2.0 goodness" so I should probably make an effort...

Incidently, as a follow-up to my previous post, Yahoo! Mail does not have the same nifty synchronisation capabilities as Gmail, so I'm still looking for a solution to getting a *complete* backup of my Yahoo! mailbox (including sent items) without losing the ability to access it from anywhere. Ah well, at least it's sunny... :-)

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