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This Brilliant Gmail Hack Will Let You Know Who’s Shared Your Email With Third Parties

Written by Archita Mittra
wordsmith, graphic designer, ideator, creative consultant, full time freelancer
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We’ve all faced the issue of getting spam emails out of the blue or from people we’ve never known, and when this happens, we have absolutely no idea how these people stumbled upon our email addresses. Naturally, we worry about our cyber security, get a top-notch antivirus software, and surf the web a little more carefully.

But what if someone you know was the one who originally shared your email address with strangers? How do you track down that someone, especially if you subscribe to several newsletters? Fortunately, here’s a very easy-to-use hack which will do the work for you.

As one Quora user, Unnit Metaliya [1] points out, adding a “+” after your Gmail address doesn’t affect your original address and is treated the same as your original address. So, when you’re subscribing to a new newsletter, just add a word after the ‘+’ sign, like the newsletter’s name. Now, when you receive a random email, check the ‘to’ part of the email, see if you can find the part of your address after the ‘+’ part, and if you do, you’ll know who shared your email address without permission.

Here are some screenshots to make it easier to understand.

This Brilliant Gmail Hack Will Let You Know Who’s Shared Your Email With Third Parties

    And how does this help?

    This Brilliant Gmail Hack Will Let You Know Who’s Shared Your Email With Third Parties

      So, what are you waiting for? Share this handy hack with your friends now!

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