For many of us, it’s hard to imagine getting through a day without using email. Without a doubt, it has revolutionized the way we communicate and do business. But like anything that is literally at our fingertips, it can be both a blessing, and a curse. While we can communicate worldwide in a matter of seconds, our inboxes often are clogged with spam and other unwanted email.

There are many ways to manage and organize your email, but maybe one of the simplest ways is to have multiple email addresses. That’s right, multiple, as in more than one! This may sound counter-intuitive as a means to get email under control, but it does work as long as you use the emails carefully.

Just exactly how many emails does a person need? The answer really depends on how you use emails and the Internet, but in general, having at least two email addresses is a good place to start:

Private or Business – An email address only for friends, close trusted contacts and business contacts. As long as these contacts are trustworthy and are careful with their computer security, you should get little or no spam.

Public – An email address that you use when you must supply an email address, but don’t necessarily want any further correspondence from that contact. You might use this email if you post a comment on a forum, make an on-line purchase or sign up on a website. If you start getting spam, or if the spam gets to be too much on this account, you can easily get a new address.

Ideally, you want to have a separate inbox for the different email addresses. This will prevent the mail from all your addresses from dumping into one mailbox. There are several ways to do this:

Some email programs are set up so that each address is a separate mailbox/account; only emails to that specific address will be delivered to that mailbox. Hotmail is a good example of this.

Other email accounts allow you to have multiple email addresses. Depending on the email program you use, i.e., Outlook Express, you can make different identities that are associated with each email address you have. The mail sent to each address is then directed to its identity which has its own separate mailbox. To access the different mailboxes, one simply switches identities with a couple mouse clicks. This way, you keep your private and business emails separate from the unwanted email.

As for the spam sent courtesy of your public address? Ignore it, or delete it without opening them.

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