Today, 1Password launched a new feature that will allow users to create and manage secure, unique email aliases from directly within 1Password. The company is partnering with Fastmail to bring its masked email feature to the password manager, giving all users the option of hiding their email addresses from apps and services.
Jeff Shiner, CEO of 1Password said: “1Password is committed to raising the bar in enhancing online safety and privacy. Partnering with Fastmail to provide Masked Email is yet another way we help protect our customers and their sensitive information.”
This new masked email feature will be ideal for registering accounts for temporary purposes, like a free Wi-Fi network. But they can also be used to hide your personal email address from any app or service as the aliases don’t expire unless a 1Password user manually deletes them.
In a statement Fastmail CEO Bron Gondwana said: “Your email address is your online identity. If your credentials are compromised in a data breach, having a randomly generated email address adds a second line of defense because it can’t be associated with your primary email address, and therefore, your identity.”
Masked Email provides customers with the option of generating a unique email address, hiding users actual email addresses from the app or service they’re registering with or signing into.
Now, Aliases are a good way to cut down on spam, but the 1Password Fastmail integration takes it a step further by making it impossible for scammers to figure out your actual email address.
Attackers often use leaked databases of reused passwords and email addresses to phish people, but they need both your email address and password to access a service. Victims of a leaked data breach are at less risk if both their password and email address are unique.