Hotmail now allows aliases to help you secure your email account

The Windows Live team has announced that Hotmail now has the ability to use aliases to help you secure and manage your email. With the new feature, you can now manage multiple email aliases with one single Hotmail account. The new feature allows you to create a new unique alias to help sort your email, protect your identity, and best of all, help stop spam.

The Windows Live team describes it best by saying:

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new car. There are a bunch of websites that will email you price quotes, sales alerts, etc. During your car search, these messages are helpful, but once you’re done, they become clutter that can be difficult to stop. By using an alias on these websites instead of your main email address, you can avoid this. And when you’re done, just turn the alias off, ensuring future unwanted messages that are sent to that alias don’t land in your inbox.

Hotmail is allowing you to create up to 5 aliases a year and 15 total for the accounts lifetime.

Free email services are about as plentiful as the fish in the sea, so it's the little features that separate the mundane from the extraordinary. As Microsoft continues its battle with Gmail, this is one more feature that may entice a few users to switch platforms.

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oh how sweet! I had to create real email addresses to used them as disposable but now it seems I will no longer have to use them !

> Hotmail is allowing you to create up to 5 aliases a year and 15 total for the accounts lifetime.

So, far from allowing you to treat this as disposable aliases in the traditional sense...nobody caught up on this? Or am I misinterpreting it?

cpu said,
doesn't work for live custom domains! arghh....

Sam Albert MS
RE: Custom domains... We don't support adding custom domain aliases now, but it is something we are looking at for a future release

Sylar2010 said,
So disposable email addresses?

Ya, perfect for those one off forums you need to sign up to but don't really care about a few months later.

I get a kick out of all the posts say "oh yahoo already does it" "oh gmail does this already." Who cares? We're talking about Hotmail and nowhere does it state this is a new idea, just new to hotmail.

GP007 said,
I get a kick out of all the posts say "oh yahoo already does it" "oh gmail does this already." Who cares? We're talking about Hotmail and nowhere does it state this is a new idea, just new to hotmail.

+1 ... or, I agree with this.

GP007 said,
I get a kick out of all the posts say "oh yahoo already does it" "oh gmail does this already." Who cares? We're talking about Hotmail and nowhere does it state this is a new idea, just new to hotmail.

It's merely to point out the blatent "if so and so email provider already has this, then why did it take this email provider so long to jump on the bandwagon?" Hotmail seems to be behind the times when it comes to email perks.

styxrtp said,

It's merely to point out the blatent "if so and so email provider already has this, then why did it take this email provider so long to jump on the bandwagon?" Hotmail seems to be behind the times when it comes to email perks.

then gmail is even further behind.

thenonhacker said,

Yahoo Mail user here. Can you point out where I could get aliases?

Options -> Mail Options -> Disposable Email Addresses

thenonhacker said,

Expect Google to copy Windows Live Hotmail Aliases. I heard Google cried about the search results thing.

I just set up nicknames in my GAfYD account...

Same thing isn't it?

Gmail already supports a very similar feature.

You can use whatever alias you want by appending a + to the username part of your address. For instance, if your address is me@gmail.com, then e-mails sent to me+whateveralias@gmail.com will also be delivered to your inbox. This combined with the filter feature can be used to sort mail sent to such aliases. No limit on now many you can use.

Aaron44126 said,
Gmail already supports a very similar feature.

You can use whatever alias you want by appending a + to the username part of your address. For instance, if your address is me@gmail.com, then e-mails sent to me+whateveralias@gmail.com will also be delivered to your inbox. This combined with the filter feature can be used to sort mail sent to such aliases. No limit on now many you can use.

but spammers can get your real email address by sending spam directly to the part before the '+'.

not to mention that some sites believe that '+' is an invalid character when validating an email address

Aaron44126 said,
Gmail already supports a very similar feature. You can use whatever alias you want by appending a + to the username part of your address.

Yes, but this is one step better. Spammer's wont be able to deduce your real email address because it's not just a "+" word. It's a totally different semi-disposable email address.

thenonhacker said,

Yes, but this is one step better. Spammer's wont be able to deduce your real email address because it's not just a "+" word. It's a totally different semi-disposable email address.


I thought Microsoft aliases thing is not for like hiding your email so that spammers will not know your email? I thought its like you just temporary like want to see emails from someone, you use that email. But after you no need, you can off it.

tanjiajun_34 said,

I thought Microsoft aliases thing is not for like hiding your email so that spammers will not know your email? I thought its like you just temporary like want to see emails from someone, you use that email. But after you no need, you can off it.

That's exactly what you can do. Just create an alias, and emails sent to that address will arrive at a separate folder. When you don't need it anymore, just delete that alias.

Aaron44126 said,
Gmail already supports a very similar feature.

You can use whatever alias you want by appending a + to the username part of your address. For instance, if your address is me@gmail.com, then e-mails sent to me+whateveralias@gmail.com will also be delivered to your inbox. This combined with the filter feature can be used to sort mail sent to such aliases. No limit on now many you can use.

LOL You're not even in the ballpark.

tanjiajun_34 said,

I thought Microsoft aliases thing is not for like hiding your email so that spammers will not know your email? I thought its like you just temporary like want to see emails from someone, you use that email. But after you no need, you can off it.

You can use it for that OR you can just keep it forever, your choice.