Hopefully this is the right forum for the question i want to ask.
For years i've tried to get control of spam. My method somewhat works but is a pain in the rear. That being said i own my own domain which buys me a little leverage. Currently i'm an office 365 subscriber. I think the method a lot of people use to have a catch-all and provide a unique email address to each and every site the register with and when they start getting spam they know the where to point the finger at and they can just block that specific address.
With that being said unfortunately office 365 does not (and i don't think will ever) support catch-all and unfortunately they don't allow multiple email addresses per user. I think its the same if my email was hosted with google apps. Now i can have multiple forwarding addresses (which i do use). Basically i can tell the system if any mail comes in on address email@example.com then forward it automatically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The negative with these forward address is that you can't send email with a forward address. Which has caused multiple problems in the past.
Here is what i currently do which, to be honest, has been a pain. I create a email addresses for groups of emails. For example
MyOrders@example.org <---Use for all orders
Forums@example.org <---use for all forums
email@example.com <---used for those sites you really don't want to give them your address
Now the problem being is if i start getting spam at any of the addresses i can never really tell the affending party. It could be a any of the sites in the group. Also if i starting getting spam changing my email is a PAIN. On top of it no one really has my REAL email address (so what good is it right?)
So the question is should i give in and just starting to primarily use one email address and rely on good spam filter? I will still have a few others (like the firstname.lastname@example.org and if you use google or microsoft services then you are requires to have an email address with them). It will be a LOT less work but i know i will receive more spam.
Hopefully office 365 spam filter is really good. I really hadn't had the opportunity to really test it out thoroughly at this point. If not i might just end up buy a subscription to mailroute.
We all know no matter how careful we are with our email addresses. If we use them frequently them spam bots always get ahold of them. From sites we use getting hacked to our friends having our email in their address book getting hacked. Heck one time i had an email address that only my wife knew. She uses an android phone and it was in her address book. I pretty sure one of the apps she downloaded was harvesting her address book because i started getting spam.
Anyways any advice would be appreciated.