Creating Alias Emails

Creating alias emails might be an extra measure of privacy you offer to the participants in your study. You can do this through a variety of methods. However, we recommend using GMail for this task. 

Full instructions from Google

As a concrete example, you can create an account for your study, then use aliases as a way of providing your own ID numbers to participants.
 
To do this, you could create a single account, such as LifeDataStudy@gmail.com, and then provide each participant with their own alias that included a unique ID number that you can use at your own discretion, such as LifeDataStudy+001@gmail.com, LifeDataStudy+002@gmail.com, etc.
 
After creating these aliases, you'll be able to provide participants with their specific email address that they can then use to create their mobile account. This will provide an additional level of anonymity and would not require your participants to use their own email addresses.

Suggested instructions adapted from Google:

Add an address you own

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings.
  3. Click the Accounts and Import or Accounts tab.
  4. In the "Send mail as" section, click Add another email address.
  5. Enter your name and the address you want to send from.
  6. Click Next Step.
  7. Enter the SMTP server (for example, smtp.gmail.com or smtp.yourschool.edu) and the username and password on that account.
  8. Click Add Account.

Confirm the address

  1. Sign in to the account you added.
  2. Open the confirmation message you got from Gmail.
  3. Click the link.

Choose aliases

Think of how you want to organize your participants, then create alias emails for each. For example: 

  • LifeDataStudy+001@gmail.com 
  • LifeDataStudy+002@gmail.com
  • ... 
  • LifeDataStudy+584@gmail.com 
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