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Alias ​​addresses: Spam control for Gmail, Outlook and Microsoft 365


Microsoft has announced that Microsoft 365 customers can use simple alias addresses for their mail accounts.

By “simple” we mean that you can add a suffix to the name of your own email address using a plus sign (as in the picture above). The mail still reaches your mailbox. No configuration or activation is necessary. The trick has worked with Gmail for years, with Outlook. com has been around for some time. Up to the editorial deadline at the end of November, new users of Gmail, Outlook.com and soon also Microsoft 365 can easily create alias email addresses using the “+” sign. However, the function is not yet active in our Microsoft 365 account.

Users of Gmail, Outlook.com and soon also Microsoft 365 can easily create alias email addresses using the “+” sign.

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Users of Gmail, Outlook.com and soon also Microsoft 365 can easily create alias email addresses using the “+” sign.

Alias ​​address with suffix:

If your address is hans.mustermann@outlook.com, the alias address “hans.mustermann+newsletter@outlook.com” will also work. Instead of “newsletter” you can use any other characters. This alias address can be used, for example, if you want to register for a newsletter or similar post on websites, but do not want to enter your actual email address.

Advantages and disadvantages:

The effort to use the additional email address is minimal. And the trick is enough to fool the usual automated newsletter senders. You can then easily separate this mail in your mailbox. However, you cannot hide your actual email address with these alias addresses. As soon as a person looks at the alias address, he also knows the main address.

In the Thunderbird mail program, you create a rule for your alias address that moves the appropriately addressed mails to a folder, for example.

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In the Thunderbird mail program, you create a rule for your alias address that moves the appropriately addressed mails to a folder, for example.

Filter mails:

The mails to your alias address can be easily filtered in your mailbox, for example in a “Newsletter” folder. Because your mailbox shows the complete alias address as the recipient. In Thunderbird, mark such a mail and select “Menu symbol -› Message – ›Create filter from message”. As “Condition” select “To” and your alias name. As an action you can choose, for example, moving to a folder.

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