A security suggestion for email users has always been to 'pull' or 'fetch' mail from one email account to another.
For instance, if you have a preferred personal email account, perhaps with Google Gmail, and like NOT to advertise it publicly, or on the web, or through emailing other people, you may set up another email account for this purpose, and 'pull', fetch or 're-direct' mail from that account, or service, to your personal email account - all without divulging its address to anyone else. Therefore, protecting your personal email account address.
If you are the owner of a Domain, as in my case, a GoDaddy domain www.robertosblogs.net, you can create up to 200 email addresses. But, unless you 'fetch' mail from that Service to another service, you have to visit it to retrieve mail, or send mail from it. So, it can be time-consuming.
For my purposes, and those of this post, I created a couple of addresses on my Domain. I then re-directed mail from them to my private email address on Gmail. Why?
Firstly, for convenience - I don't have to log-on to my Domain Service to retrieve, or send, mail. Secondly, I protect my personal email address and advertise only the Domain addresses.
Here's how to do it...
1. Presuming that you have set up your Domain, or other-service email account, go to Settings, on that Email account. You have to enable POP (Post Office Protocol), and you'll find that under the heading; Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Once POP is enabled, mail can be pulled from that account to another (your Personal account) which also has POP enabled. Some services do not use this protocol (alias), or may not advertise the fact that they do. Check with them.
2. Go to your Personal Email account and click on Settings. You now have to Set up the Mail Fetcher. Click on the Accounts ...
- In the Get mail from other accounts section, click Add another mail account.
- Enter the full email address of the account you'd like to access, then click Next Step.
- Google Mail will populate sample settings but we recommend checking with your other provider to learn the correct server name and port - see below. Enter your Password.
- Decide whether to: Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server. Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail
- Label incoming messages
- Archive incoming messages
- Click Add Account.
- Once your account has been added successfully, you'll have the option of setting it as a custom 'From' address.
This allows you to compose messages in Google Mail, but have them appear to be sent from your other email account. Click Yes to set up a custom From address.
* - Correct Server Name and Port - In the case of my domain email account, this is firstname.lastname@example.org/ and it uses Port 110 . As Gmail uses pop.gmail.com and Port 995, you have to match them up.
Once you have done this, you will see the 'other', or 'Fetched' address, displayed on your Personal Email 'Accounts' page, in the "Send mail as :" section. You can then, providing you set it up this way, send and receive mail for your 'other' account from your Personal Email account - without advertising your Personal Email address!
* What is IMAP and how is it different to POP ?