Ever since Gmail launched, I’ve been tempted to sign up for an account. I keep getting more and more invitations from both friends and subscribers but I already have so many email addresses as it is. I don’t really need another one.

A few months back though, I noticed that I was getting more and more spam emails through one of my email accounts. And then another.

All this while, I’ve been using SpamArrest for my main email address. A person would need to click on a link and pass a Captcha test before their emails are passed on to me. And for customer support, I’ve been using a web based helpdesk.

That worked pretty well until one day, a bunch of spammers realized how they can send me spam through my helpdesk. I was getting at least 10 spam messages a day. I managed to stop that too by blocking public access to my helpdesk.

But then, a few days later, my email started to pick up more spam as well. I’m not sure how it happened but the spam just kept getting more and more … A friend of mine suggested that I use Gmail because their spam protection is the best in their class. I was tempted but I can’t just drop all my email addresses and make a switch. That’s when I discovered that I don’t have to drop all my email addresses.

In fact, all I had to do was to set up my Gmail account to download messages from my other email addresses. Gmail will automatically run them through a spam filter and whatever is left are your legit emails. You can then also set up as many “send mail as” accounts within Gmail, so you can reply to the emails using whichever email address you like.

It’s been a month or so since I’ve set this up and it’s unbelievable. I don’t get anymore spam emails. Okay, okay. Maybe one or two have slipped pass the mighty Gmail spam buster. But hey, I’m not complaining 🙂

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