What can you do with 600 email addresses?
If you buy your own domain (like mysite.xyz), you'll generally be able to choose any email addresses that end with your domain name: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and so on. You can almost always have multiple email addresses; 1&1 provides 600 addresses with their least expensive package.
What can you do with so many email addresses? They can be the ticket to all kinds of advantages and flexibility...
One advantage is that you can keep the same email address(es) forever (as long as you pay the bill, that is). If you change registrar or hosting provider, your mailboxes move with you; you'll never need to ask people to "please put my new email into your address book" -- and run the risk of losing touch when they forget, or when they reply to an old message with your former address.
Want to set up mailboxes for your family, your employees, ...? You probably can. (For security, check whether the hosting company will let each mailbox have a different password.)
You've probably gotten phishing messages from someone impersonating a bank, PayPal or another place you might do business. They tell you your account is frozen, or someone has a question about the eBay item you're selling. The email looks authentic, so how can you be sure?
One way is to set up a different private address for each company that phishers might try to impersonate. For instance, tell PayPal that your address is email@example.com. Don't publicize these addresses anywhere -- so phishers and spammeres can't find them. When you get a message supposedly from PayPal, check whether PayPal sent it to your private address. If not, it's a fraud.
So, if you have a lot of email addresses for yourself, does that mean tediously opening different mailboxes, one by one? No. Be sure your hosting provider will let you forward email to another address. Then forward various addresses to one central mailbox.
One "gotcha": if you have a central mailbox handling more than one address, and you click the "reply" button, what address will your reply be sent from? (If someone sent mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you reply from email@example.com, will the sender be confused?)
Solution #1: Use a flexible email agent like Mozilla Thunderbird, Gmail, or Yahoo! mail that lets you choose the address you reply from. Read all of your messages from that central address; when you need to reply to one, choose the correct reply address.
Solution #2: If your hosting provider lets you collect messages in a mailbox and also forward them to a central address, you can read all of the messages from the central mailbox. When you need to reply to a message, log into the right mailbox with a service like 1&1 WebMail that lets you keep multiple mailboxes.
Solution #3: Use a programmable email reader like MH that lets you reply from the same address the message was sent to.
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