You may have already heard of disposable email addressing, but if not, disposable email addresses allow you to set up an email address for each service or contact you have. For example you can see from the screen shot above that I use a separate email address for Amazon and another for Apple which are then forward onto my main email account.
The best situations in which you should set up a disposable email address is if you are participating in something online that could potentially compromise your security, such as a chat room, online shopping, a discussion group, a file hosting service, or a bulletin board, or even contributing to a wiki. If you sign up for each one using a disposable email address, then no one will be able to track your identity though your email address, and your privacy remains secure and unthreatened. If a web site starts to use your email address in a way that you don’t like, such as sending you unsolicited emails, or selling your email address to other companies so that they can send you unsolicited emails, then you can simply delete your disposable email address that is associated with that website, and you don’t have to worry about people sending you spam, phishing you, or trying to get a hold of your identity.
For the way I use emailing and signing up to different services disposable email addressing has proven to be a very effective way for me to not only reduce spam and tracking but efficiently manage my inbox. I like to keep my inbox folder clean with all other emails filed away in appropriate folders which through filtering and the use of individual addresses for each service can be done no problems.