Wish you could get an idea of who was selling your email info to advertisers? Well, there is a way!
With gmail (and certain other mail providers), they ignore certain characters in emails so you can use a little trick to keep track of where you signed up.
For example, if I was signing up for an eBay account, and let’s say my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, I could sign up using the email address email@example.com.
I will still receive all emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at my normal email@example.com, because gmail ignores the plus sign and everything after it.
Now, let’s say that HP starts sending me emails and I look at the “To:” field and it says “firstname.lastname@example.org“. I now know that they likely got my email address via eBay, as that is a unique address I ONLY used for signing up with eBay.
As long as you are creating a unique address for every account you sign up for, this neat little trick will help you keep track of who is giving your info away!