1Password and Fastmail have teamed together to launch a new service that allows users to establish email aliases and safeguard their actual email addresses.
This service is called “Masked Email,” and it allows users of the 1Password platform to create and manage unique, secure email aliases.
Sometimes, people need to use some services or apps, but they don’t want to reveal their real email addresses. “Masked Email” helps them in hiding their actual email addresses.
According to Fastmail COO, enriching 1Password with the email alias feature will allow customers to secure their email addresses in the same manner as they protect their passwords.
By enabling them to create unique email addresses, customers of 1Password may protect themselves against the type of phishing emails that have become all too prevalent. According to a recent Deloitte research, 91 percent of all intrusions begin with a phishing email.
The browser experience lead at 1Password said that people’s email addresses are gateways to their digital life. So, how they’re used and disseminated must be controlled.
According to Fastmail’s CEO, email addresses are a person’s online identity, and if that information is exposed in a data breach, that person’s online identity is jeopardized. However, a randomly generated email address offers a second line of security because it can’t be connected with a user’s actual email address.
Both companies believe that this feature is perfect while registering for a free Wi-Fi network or signing up for an email subscription.
Users may maintain their aliases from the Fastmail platform, and email addresses never expire until they are manually removed. Moreover, users can also pause email delivery to their email aliases.
Troy Hunt, strategic advisor at 1Password and founder of Have I Been Pwned, said data breaches happen many times per day, and are a huge problem, one that can be solved by thee new solution:
“My service is now tracking 5 billion email addresses, with each one appearing in an average of 2 data breaches. It’s more important than ever that we protect our privacy, and protecting the primary key to our digital lives — our email address — will have a really positive impact,” Hunt said.