I am switching from a POP e mail with Talk Talk to an IMAP Outlook e mail. The old TT one was prone to Junk. and I have taken to viewing emails from them on the web server first so I can blacklist phishers and junk , and delete them before opening my e mail on the PC. Recently I have seen the "blackmailing" ones apparently from me.
Although, so far , my Outlook e mail has been good, I would like to have an alias to use with shops, Amazon etc - ie non family and secure friends. I have read that this is possible and would be grateful for tips. EG if I am [email protected] Outlook.com, and created an alias such as John. Doe [email protected] would hackers find that too easy or should I call myself something different such as [email protected]? If so how to do this? Can I have more than one?
We have three Outlook.com addresses. Two are nearly three years old and the other quite new. None are affected by spam (touch wood), whereas a Hotmail account that I've had for much longer and rarely use is plagued. A mix of various retailers apparently wanting to give me refunds for things I haven't bought on accounts I don't have, and "ladies" offering their services.
So I wouldn't be too worried about Outlook, though contacts who use distribution lists can increase the risk of spam dramatically.
If you're really bothered, just set up a second disposable account.