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:

  1. Ignores dots. myname@gmail.com is exactly the same as my.name@gmail.com, or my.na.me@gmail.com. 
  2. Ignores anything after a “plus” character. myname+anythinghere@gmail.com just goes to myname@gmail.com. 

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. 

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