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We’ve written before about various ways to keep your email address confidential when sending mail. Now there’s another alternative: akapost, which provides simple email proxy services. To sign up for an account, you provide your real account, and an alias. Then to send mail, you just […]

ScreenshotWe’ve written before about various ways to keep your email address confidential when sending mail. Now there’s another alternative: akapost, which provides simple email proxy services. To sign up for an account, you provide your real account, and an alias. Then to send mail, you just append “.akapost.com” to the recipient address. Akapost intercepts the message and builds a new one from your alias account, complete with headers that do not give away the origin, and sends it along.

For the return trip, the recipient can email you back at your akapost address, and it will get forwarded back. A free account lets you have one alias and one address; paid plans add additional names and even the ability to use akapost with your own domain name.

  1. What is the point of this service?

    I thought it was going to provide DEAs, but it just masks one email address with another. The person receiving the message still has a valid email address to contact you at and one you can get spammed at.

    You have no idea how your akapost email address will get spread around, nor can you “turn it off” like a real DEA.

    Why not just get a separate Gmail address if you don’t want to give out your “real” email address?

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  2. EndJunk has been around for years, and works great. (Note, I haven’t used it recently, but it buffered my Hotmail account for a long time until I moved to Gmail.)

    Gmail users can also perform a similar function by adding “+anything” in their email address between the username and @gmail.com. However, not all web forms will allow + signs in email addresses.

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  3. I’m shocked that EndJunk only claims 20,000+ users. To clarify, what their service allows you to do is setup your own email “sub-domain” with email addresses that might look like anyaddress@username.endjunk.com. Furthermore, these beauties can be created on the fly from anywhere.

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  4. I think a lot of people misunderstood akapost. It’s NOT an anti-spam solution. It’s for email identity protection. akapost provides a simple way to handle it. Yes, you can get same result by using a secondary mailbox account. But you have to switch them back and forth when you need to send emails. akapost allows you to send and receive emails from the same mailbox but presents different email identities (not just email address). Gmail “+” sign method is not real email address mask method. If you check the message headers or read Gmail help center note, you will know they still use your default email address to send your emails.

    akapost is NOT another disposal email address providers. It works completely different.

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