Today’s guest post comes from Damien at Free Stuff 4 Free! He offers 3 effective tips for protecting yourself when signing up for online freebies! A very informative and helpful article!!!
In an age of increasing identity theft and personal fraud, protecting your personal details is of high importance. If you’ve used the internet to score yourself freebies it won’t take you long to realise that along with the many benefits of online freebies there are also some possible dangers to be aware of, especially when it comes to sharing your personal information and contact details. This article provides some great advice that will make your search for freebies more secure and successful.
1. Use a dedicated email address
It’s good practice to set up at least one email address dedicated just to signing up for free offers. If you don’t you run the risk of spam and unsavoury emails flooding your personal inbox. Your work email address should definitely not be used! Some offers only allow one sample per email address but not household address. Therefore, if you’re a serious freebies hunter, consider using multiple email addresses to take advantage of this fact. By using more than one email address you can receive the same offer two or three times.
If you’re looking to setup a dedicated email address for freebies, I highly recommended a service such as Gmail. It’s free and it offers great security and spam blocking. Another advantage of using Gmail is the abilty to create instant disposable email addresses that are linked to the same account. Just add +whatever to the username part of your email address. So if your email address was johndoe@gmail, in the freebies sign up form you would simply enter your email address as firstname.lastname@example.org. You’d still get all emails sent to this address as usual, but if things ever get out of hand, you can simply create a filter to direct all mail sent to this address straight to your junk folder or trash.
2. Use a virtual voicemail service
You may also find it useful to have a virtual voicemail. Some free offers require a working phone number. Free accounts are readily accessible at sites like evoice.com and are relatively easy to set up. All of the messages left in your voicemail will be sent to you as an email or alternatively you can call and listen to the messages if you like. By setting up a virtual voicemail you will avoid any telemarketers and sales people that might otherwise harass you.
3. Use a PO Box
This is for the serious freebie hunter or those wanting that extra level of protection. Using a Post Office Box service is an effective way to provide another layer of anonymity when supplying your details to freebie providers. Mail also typically arrives faster at a PO Box than at a residential or business address. If you use it for your other personal mail it can also provide a permanent address for you, which is especially useful if you move around a lot. Please note that there is a cost for this service, but depending on what your requirements are it can be quite affordable with prices starting from $10 for six months. Enquire at your local post office for more details.
With these great tips you can now hunt for free stuff, freebies and other giveaways with more confidence. Go forth and sign away!
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