Create An Alias For Your iCloud Address To Maintain Your Online Privacy

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Online privacy enthusiasts can get all kinds of disposable tools these days to keep their actual information safe. Disposable email addresses to keep their real address from being revealed, and disposable phone numbers to make it easier to not give your real number out.

Now iCloud has jumped into the disposable email arena by introducing a feature where you can set up multiple aliases. These aliases can be enabled and disabled whenever you want, and all mail to the aliases automatically gets forwarded in the background to your real iCloud address.

To set it up, you need to head on over to icloud.com and sign in with your credentials. Then choose "Mail":

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From there, select the Gears settings icon in the bottom left-hand corner, and choose "Preferences" from the pop-up menu. When the next pop-up box appears, choose "Accounts," then "Add an alias."

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In the next box, you will be asked to fill in your desired alias, along with the "From" name. Since you are essentially setting up a new email address, it obviously has to be available for you to take. It took five attempts for me to find an available one that I was OK with.

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(NB: I have now disabled that alias, so don't bother sending me any cheap online pharmaceutical offers from Canada!)

When you've completed all of the details, click OK and it will tell you the alias is set up. Now go ahead and test it.

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Not only is this a handy feature for protecting your real email address, but it's also good if, when you first got set up with the service, you rashly chose a stupid iCloud name which you now regret (like I did!). This is your chance to come up with something better that won't embarrass you when you give it out to people.

How to create an alias for your iCloud email address [iDownloadBlog]


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