Verify Apple Account Address - Don't use special Google format

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by ICEBreaker, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. ICEBreaker macrumors 6502

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    Dear Apple users,

    As many of you know, Google has a special address alias feature where the user can add a "+" followed by anything after the username part of the address (e.g. myaddress+macrumors@gmail.com). This allows setting up filters and other rules to deal with emails. I love this feature, but apparently Apple doesn't.

    My email address used to be "myaddress+accounts@gmail.com", which I use to deal with various accounts info from various companies. Apple accepted this email format (some websites still do not) and everything looked good. I even get emails from Apple - except the verification email. No matter how many times I ask to resend the verification email, I never received it. Needless to say I did check the Trash folder.

    Then it occurred to me to change the address and remove the +accounts part. Verification received. Sigh... Problem now is I have to make a custom rule to deal with Apple account emails.

    Anyway, writing to let others know, in case they run into a similar problem.

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  2. impaler macrumors 6502

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    Also, iCloud email address work with the "+" designator. I've used that to slightly increase security on my iCloud mail. I use the + and the name of the site I'm logging into. The other benefit is, if I start getting spam sent to that one address, I know where it came from and can make a decision whether to close the account...especially if I told them I didn't want my email address shared.
     
  3. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Impaler for your reply. I concur and I do exactly the same thing. It's an excellent way to find out who was the one who leaked/sold your email.
     
  4. Rigby macrumors 601

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    The problem is that the spammers are also aware of the "+" syntax, and many simply remove the appendix. It's better to use real aliases for things that have a spam risk. The ability to set up 10 aliases without having to create lots of different accounts is one of the main reasons why I prefer Outlook.com over Gmail these days. Also, for temporary things I like to use throw-away addresses from services like "10 Minute Mail".
     

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