Our application is designed to support Android versions above Lollipop 5.0 API 21
- Add 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
- Generate an alias email address
- Retrieve 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 set-up. 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!
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 in to 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 the emails received for that address
- By default, you will receive the emails sent to your alias address. Tap on the toggle (to red) to block emails from all senders or only specific ones. Tap on it again (back to grey) 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 them. 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.
To use the Fingerprint, you need to have linked it to your Master Key. It is as safe as entering the Master Key. To set up the Fingerprint, go to the Settings and choose "Biometric authentication", then click on the toggle 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.
Using the Privowny Keyboard to register
When you tap in the User ID field of a registration form, the Privowny Keyboard will appear. To activate the toolbar with its features, click on the OI logo (left side). It is the same logo as the orange one shown below.
The toolbar turns black meaning… now, you can use all the suite's features:
Next to each icon is a circle with a number. This number tells you how many accounts, passwords, and alias email addresses have been saved for the app/website that you are currently visiting.
Let's say you are visiting acme.com, then the "1" means that there is 1 alias email for Acme stored and readily available in your Alias Manager.
If you do not have any saved alias email for Acme then, the number in the circle will read "0".
Of course, you can always have multiple alias emails on Acme then the number will be >="2".
- Tap in the "Email" field
- Tap on the "@" icon
- Tap on the "+" icon
- Enter your Master Key or use your Fingerprint
Using the Privowny Keyboard to log in
It is as simple as retrieving passwords. If you have registered with an alias email address on a website, you now need to log in using the Privowny Keyboard:
- Tap in the User ID field
- Tap on the "@" icon (the number in the green circle must be >0)
- Tap on the "Fill" icon
- Enter your Master Key or use the Fingerprint
If you have multiple alias email addresses created for the same website select the right one from the list offered.