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This article was published on September 6, 2015

    Maskbot will keep your dirty online subscriptions private

    Maskbot will keep your dirty online subscriptions private
    Lauren Hockenson
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    Lauren Hockenson

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    Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

    It’s 2015: a subscription to practically any online service is a license to get doxed. But when you’re subscribing to a dirty, salacious online service (perhaps rhyming with “Smashley Shmadison“?) or all of the porn, it’s also a recipe for a maelstrom of online shame and scandal.

    Email privacy tool Maskbot allows you to create unlimited random aliases that redirect to an email address of your choice, meaning that you can generate as many different accounts as you choose to filter back to one single place. The process is simple: plug in an alias to sign up for something, and field all the forwarding emails from Maskbot without worrying someone might have your real information.

    The app also allows you to reply to messages anonymously, so you can directly respond to someone directly without risking your identity.

    Maskbot says on its site that it’s great for blocking spam and organizing an inbox, but really the key reason is the one I mentioned above. When major leaks of scandalous sites occur, like the weeks-long Ashley Madison data dump, emails are available in droves and easily accessible for someone who has enough wherewithal to put together an easily searchable database.

    And of course, there’s the additional fallout: scams, hackers and blackmail. If your email isn’t available, then you might be spared the secondary scamming and destruction.

    If you’d rather not search on Have I Been Pwned to find your information among the 220 million personal accounts that have experienced data breach, or if you’re concerned that your dirt is gonna come back to you, then something like Maskbot might be a good option.

    Of course, covering your tracks does come at a price. Maskbot normally retails for $9.99/month, but is offering a today-only price of $5/month, thanks to a promotion with Product Hunt.

    Maskbot [Product Hunt]