Didn’t take long to get a wave of spam from registering my contact details with WhoIs.
I remembered that Gmail allows for essentially infinite email addresses, because it:
- Ignores dots. firstname.lastname@example.org is exactly the same as email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ignores anything after a “plus” character. email@example.com just goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both of the above are great for setting up simple spam filters, and were going to be my temporary approach. However, since 1&1 provides free private domain registration, I enabled that, which hides all my contact info. No more spam.