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PostPoints tip: Use your most obscure e-mail address for web commerce

I've used this space before to recommend setting up a separate e-mail account for online shopping and banking--it's a good way to lower the odds of your regular home e-mail address landing on too many mailing lists, both legitimate and illegitimate. But for people with long-established e-mail addresses that already get more than their fair share of spam (say, an address that's printed in a major newspaper every Thursday and Sunday), moving commercial correspondence to a separate account can also lower their odds of being fooled by a phishing scam. That's because once you complete that move, you can safely ignore any e-mails sent to your home account that purport to be from your bank, credit-card issuer or online bookstore instead of figuring out which ones are for real and which ones came from con artists impersonating those institutions.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 3, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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