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- Generate a new alias email address to safeguard your identity
- Search by companies or alias email addresses
- Identify spammers and their enablers
- Allow or stop receiving emails
- Delete an alias email address
- Generate new alias email addresses
- Retrieve alias email addresses
What is an alias email address? It is an alternate email address that is designed to protect your personal email address (i.e. shield your real identity). It can be used as a one-time disposable address, as a PO box for a project or to create a buffer between the real you and spammers, hackers, identity thieves, etc. You can create as many of them as you want.
Where can I find it?
The Alias Manager is accessible from 2 locations: the Main Menu and the Toolbar.
To access the Main Menu, click on the OI logo next to your browser’s navigation bar (top right). It is the same logo as the one shown below and appears in blue when you are logged in.
If you can’t find the Toolbar, go in the Main Menu and check in your Settings, under Digital ID Components. You might have chosen to hide it…
The Alias Manager is symbolized by @.
While both @ icons open the Alias Manager, the Toolbar is designed to show you at a glance the information relative to the website you are currently visiting and allow quick actions. The Main Menu, on the other hand, gives you access to all the alias email addresses you have created.
Next to each icon is a circle with a number. The number next to the @ tells you how many aliases have been saved for the website that you are currently visiting.
Let’s say you are visiting acme.com, in the picture “1” means that you created one alias for Acme.
- Position your mouse on top of the @ —> it turns green and expands
- Click on the circle with the number
The Alias Manager opens up and displays the alias (or aliases) associated to the website you are currently on. Just one in our example.
Using the Alias Manager
Imagine you are on the phone with a company’s representative and they ask for your email address. You might not want to provide them with your personal address as you don’t know (or trust) what they might do with it. No worries! You can open your Alias Manager to simply generate a new alias email.
- Tap onto the big green “+” button (bottom right) —> It opens a new screen
- Select or enter the company’s name (and website URL if it wasn’t filled automatically)
- Click on “Generate alias”
Protecting your identity and your inbox becomes a very simple matter!
Read on to find out how to use your new alias to manage spam. You will also learn to generate an alias even more easily when registering by using the Digital ID Toolbar.
Not easy to remember all those unfamiliar email addresses… And to help you whenever you might need a specific one (to log in to the website for example, as aliases can be used as User IDs when you need an alternate email address for a login), we built-in a powerful search engine allowing you to easily find what you need.
Identify spammers and their enablers
The Alias Manager is your window into the making of your inbox: who are the senders, where did they get your address from, who shares (sells?) your information…
You will be able to trace spam back to the website where you originally provided the alias email address. As you regularly check your Manager you will find yourself in control of what is making its way into your inbox. Now you can play the game too!
Allow or stop receiving emails
You have a few cards you can play your way. You can either block the mail sent to one of your aliases from reaching your inbox or just block a rightly identified sender.
Each line in the Alias Manager corresponds to an alias email address that has been created for a company. If multiple aliases have been created for the same company then there are multiple lines, each starting with the name of that company. As soon as someone sends an email to one of the aliases, then an arrow appears next to the company name at the beginning of the line. Click on it to reveal the name of the sender and the email address the email it originated from.
All senders are allowed to send emails to your aliases by default (the toggle is grey). If you wish to block all senders to an alias then switch the toggle at the end of the main alias line (it turns red).
To only block a specific sender, then go at the end of the line for that specific sender and switch the toggle (it turns red).
Once you identified that one of your aliases is obsolete for the use you created it for (gathering travel info for a trip you already took for example), delete the alias and none of the vendors you contacted before will be able to keep on bothering you for services you didn’t ask for. Also, if one of your aliases has been compromised by a website or if you notice that it brings you more spam than joy… delete it:
- Click on the check box
- Click on the “Trash” icon
- Enter your Master Key to confirm it’s you
Your Master Key is a sequence of characters that you created and that you and only you know. It is used to decrypt the sensitive data saved in your Managers. We also use it to authenticate your identity when you decide to delete sensitive data.
Emails sent to your alias email addresses are forwarded to your personal inbox. When you delete an alias, emails sent to this alias are ignored and no longer forwarded to you. Spammers are kept at bay and spams are lost in electronic limbo.
Since deleting an alias email address means that you will not receive any emails sent to this address anymore, then if it is used as a User ID for an account, all the communication relative to this account will not reach you either. Let's say a service you subscribed to wants to let you know about a security breach, then they will not be able to contact you by email (even though they may think that they did because the email will not bounce back to them). This is why we recommend that you block unwanted senders instead of deleting aliases, for security reasons.
Using the Toolbar to register
Let’s say you are on an interesting website and really want to subscribe to their free newsletter. You know the caveat though: in the midst of all the interesting information you seek, you will receive tons of spams because this is how free websites work…
- Click on the “+” icon
- No second step, that’s it!
We generate an alias email address for you and enter it in the email address field. As easy as it sounds.
And if you ever need to remember this address (to log in to the website for example, as aliases can also be used as User IDs when you need an alternate email address for a login) look at the steps to follow below.
Using the Toolbar to log in
If you used an alias email address as a User ID to register to a website then you can easily retrieve it whenever you need to log in:
- Go to the website
- Click on the “>” icon
- Click on the email address field to trigger the Autofill
The alias email address you used to register is then automatically entered into the appropriate field. If you created multiple alias email addresses for one website, you will then be asked to choose the appropriate one from a list.
Learn more about how to use the Smartfield Icon here.