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Hotmail - Multiple email aliases now available!!

#1 User is offline James (Jim) Hillier

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    Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:03 AM

    Hotmail are now offering users the choice of setting up multiple email aliases, all accessible from the one (existing) account.

    What is an alias?
    An alias is simply a secondary email address which is different to the main email address but is still connected to and accessible through the primary account.

    What can aliases do?
    Aliases can be used to classify email communications and keep them separate from the personal (or primary) address; so emails regarding business transactions, networking, etc can be channeled through different individual aliases.

    Traditionally, special characters such as + ? or . have been added to existing email addresses to create aliases. This method has not been very successful, as the original email ID can still be guessed out and spammed.

    The new method being employed by Hotmail helps overcome that possibility because the alias is actually a completely different but legitimate email address which is linked via the main account.

    Hotmail are currently allowing the addition of up to 5 aliases but I believe they are working toward a maximum 15 per user.

    Creating aliases is quite simple:
    1) Log-on to existing Hotmail account.
    2) Click to open create aliases web page.
    3) Enter your new email alias and then click the Create an alias button.
    4) You will now be asked to select a folder location for emails received with the alias ID. The best option here would be A new folder.

    By utilising this feature, you will be virtually managing up to 5 individual email IDs using the same primary email account login details......very cool!!

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