Searching for travertine style ceramic tiles I am finding lots of sites
which require you to sign up/log in or continue in chrome before
allowing further progress.
I know I can just sign up but this goes against my efforts to keep a low
web profile. Any suggestions?
On Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:26:54 +0100, Tim Lamb wrote:
Use a fake name and email/snailmail address?
I use a yahoo account that enables me to set up aliases to use for
individual sites, communications whatever and that can be dumped after
their usefulness has been completed. They can be created once you have a
yahoo email account.
Your main account address will be (say) firstname.lastname@example.org
Once this has been created (inculding the password of course) you can the
set up disposable address from within that account. They will have a
'root name' followed by a hyphen and then a disposable element.
email@example.com to use for tiles
firstname.lastname@example.org to use for tyres
email@example.com to use for stove parts
The 'root name' stays contstant but anything you put after the hyphen and
before the @ is the disposable element. All emails to the disposable
address will be seen autmatically in your main inbox unless you want to
be very clever and set up folders and diverts for each disposable address.
Yahoo can also be set up to be read from an email client on your pc (or
other device) to save you repeatedly logging in via the web interface.
That's strange. Got a web site address?
"Continue in chrome" kind of suggests a switch from a unknown media or
security context, the sort that may present itself if it's a badly
written website not supported in a not-Chrome compatible website.
Or it could be pesky google advertising ...
Yes private web browsing in Firefox and fit a decent ad blocker. If they
actually won't let you look around without giving your details, I'd be very
suspicious. You can after all go into a high street store and look around
without giving all your details to some pillock on the door.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
An irritation which I share wearing my "working" had, when you just want
to get a product data sheet. To be fair to engineering sites, they do
seem to know not to spam you.
For private use, I usually say "Stuff them them, they can do without my
My real hate is car dealers. I don't buy new cars, but a few years ago I
bought a high spec 2 year old Honda for cash from a main dealer.
Obviously, I want them to have my details for recalls. But in spite of
asking them not to follow up, every year I get "personalised" letters,
emails, and particularly stupid texts that are barely more subtle than
These are almost enough to add Honda to my blacklist, excellent though
the car is. ARE YOU LISTENING HONDA?
Signing up, e.g. to download a catalogue is a technique to reap sales
prospects, but just to look at a website? Seems more likely to push
potential customers elsewhere ... none of the handful of searches I
tried did that, got an example?
Following a *visit page* route from a photo set brought up during a web
search using Firefox.
As Mark says, simply giving a temporary address should work but I'm
happy to give a real address if the site is likely to be useful.
Perhaps it is just Google scraping sign ups.
Ah well pinterest, explains it; they do seem to let you scroll a little
further than they used to before flining up their login banner, I just
tend to ignore them when they appear in search results ...
Pinterest are mostly a waste of space, however for the kinds of sites that
pop up a 'login now' box that greys out the content behind and stops it
scrolling (but is still there), you can go into 'developer tools' and
In Chrome you right click on the grey background and go 'inspect'. This
will highlight the <div> in the source. Right click it and go 'Delete
element'. This makes the login box and grey background disappear, and the
page now scrolls properly.
Firefox has similar tools. You may have to try randomly deleting other bits
of the page until you hit upon the right one.
You don't need to create a 'temporary' address. You can create a
special address for this purpose, and disable it, only if you start
receiving spam on it. This is what I do. Therefore you continue to
receive emails as long as they are useful.
In cases where site don't need to confirm the email address actually
works, I find giving them something like postmaster@<nameofsite>.com can
work well - that way they will receive their own spam rather than you.
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