1. 16
  1. 4

    What are these masked emails? Neither the README nor the attached animation give any hint what are those and why are they useful.

    1. 5

      It’s a fastmail thing: “A Masked Email address is a unique, automatically generated email address that can be used in place of your real email address. Masked Email addresses are formatted as random words plus a random number, e.g. dog.food3495@domain.tld.”

      1. 3

        if you use mailbox.org with your own domain, it’s trivial to configure it to accept mails to any @yourdomain email address. no need to use an external tool…

        1. 1

          I don’t use mailbox.org, but that’s exactly what I do.

          1. 1

            ya I imagine this isn’t a revolutionary idea, but for some reason it is for fastmail

            1. 1

              Fastmail is able to do that as well.

        2. 2

          Apple has a version too.

          Someone emailed a nasty note to the reporters at my website from an Apple masked address. I’m not sure how to report abuse with these things. There should be a prominent webpage that lists the address to forward abuse to.

          1. 4

            I assume this code only works with Fastmail, it sure appears like it. I don’t use Apple’s email addresses, so I’ve never looked, but good to know!

            I have a domain with a catch-all address, so I can just invent them for 1 off things, no need to tell my email provider ahead of time.

            I assume for abuse, you could always email postmaster@ and reference the masked email address. I imagine it will get routed to /dev/null like every other email problem I’ve ever sent in the last decade, but it might make you feel better! :)

            1. 2

              I’ve gotten a response from postmaster before! Granted, it was for a ISP in Pennsylvania that had constant delivery problems, but they did at least write back to me. :-)

              1. 1

                Congrats on reaching a human!

                I used to be able to reach humans via postmaster@, but I’ve never talked to another human in the past decade emailing that or webmaster@ (which usually just bounces). Seems nobody respects RFC-2142 anymore.

          2. 2

            Neat, thanks! I’m using fastmail, but didn’t know this is possible. I’ve been using this: https://www.fastmail.help/hc/en-us/articles/360060591053 but seems that masked emails are more versatile — with subdomain addressing anyone can send mails to any random string, losing ability to track who is spamming me.

        3. 4

          If you use 1Password, you can do it all within 1password: https://support.1password.com/fastmail/

          1. 1

            That only works on the fields that 1Password recognizes as email fields. It doesn’t work on a “login” field which must be an email, for example.

            1. 2

              That’s more than a little annoying. If you could do it from the UI and copy and then paste, that would be fine, but if you literally can’t do it, that’s miserable.