Our application is designed to support Android versions Lollipop 5.0 API 21 and above.
- Generate a new alias email to safeguard your identity
- Search by companies or alias email addresses
- Identify spammers and their enablers
- Allow or stop receiving emails
- Delete an alias email address
What is an alias email address? It is an alternate email address that is designed to protect your personal email address (i.e. shield your real identity). It can be used as a one-time disposable address, as a PO box for a project, or to create a buffer between the real you and spammers, hackers, identity thieves, etc. You can create as many of them as you want.
Where can I find it?
The Alias Manager is accessible from the navbar. It is symbolized by @.
For each alias you will see the number of emails that were sent to it (you received 22 emails with the alias you created for Acme in the example above).
To see the details:
- Tap on the alias
A new page opens up and displays the information that relates to the alias and enables you to take action:
Using the Alias Manager
Let’s say you are in a mall shopping… and really want to buy this new top audio setup. How can you avoid headaches when the seller will ask you for an email address just after you paid? You know the caveat: despite all the seller’s promises, you will probably receive tons of spams because your email address could be shared or sold to other companies…
Unless you open your Privowny App and:
- Tap on the big green button (bottom right) —> It opens a new screen
- Enter the store’s (company’s) name
- Tap on “Save”
We’ll automatically generate an alias email address for you and save it in the Alias Manager. Just give this alias email to the seller and keep your primary email address safeguarded. As easy as it sounds!
To add privacy to your online accounts, you can also generate alias email addresses to use as User IDs when you are registering on websites or apps with the Smartfield Icon for Android.
Learn more about how to use the Smartfield Icon here.
To use this shortcut, find the Privowny App icon on your Home screen and apply a “long press” to make the drop-down menu with the list of quick actions appear. You must be logged in to access this feature.
Not easy to remember all those unfamiliar email addresses… But don’t worry, to help you whenever you might need a specific one (to log into a website for example, as aliases can also be used as User IDs when you need an alternate email address for a login), we built-in a powerful search engine allowing you to easily find what you need.
The Alias Manager is your window into the making of your inbox: who are the senders, where did they get your address from, who shares (sells?) your information… You will be able to trace spam back to the website where you originally provided the alias email address. As you regularly check your Manager, you will find yourself in control of what is making its way into your inbox. Now you can play the game too!
- Tap on the alias to expand emails received for that address.
By default, you will receive all the emails sent to your alias address. You can choose who can send you emails by tapping on the status of the emails sent to that alias (block all senders/allow all senders/select senders).
- To select only specific senders:
- Choose “Select senders”
- Tap on the toggle at the top of the list of senders to decide whether you want block (gray) or allow (green) emails from unknown future senders that might send emails to your alias.
- Tap on the toggle next to each sender (to gray) to block emails from that sender. Tap on it again (back to green) to start allowing emails again.
Emails sent to your alias email addresses are forwarded to your personal email address unless you decide to stop receiving those emails. Once an alias is deactivated, emails sent to this alias are ignored and no longer forwarded to your inbox.
- Tap on the alias
- Tap on “Delete”
- Enter your Master Key or use your Fingerprint to confirm it’s you
Your Master Key is a sequence of characters that you created and that you and only you know. It is used to decrypt the sensitive data saved in your Managers. We also use it to authenticate your identity when you decide to delete sensitive data.
You can adapt your preferences regarding the Master Key from the security section of your Settings. Learn more
To use your fingerprint, you need to attach your Master Key to it. It is as safe as entering the Master Key. To set up the fingerprint, go to the app Settings and under Setup, tap on the toggle for the fingerprint to enable it. If the fingerprint is already set up on your device, a pop-up will appear asking you to enter your Master Key and will link it to the fingerprint.