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Gmail Tip: Use your own domain with gmail

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BlueTurtle, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    I don't know how many people actually know this, but I actually didn't so I thought I'd share it for anyone who doesn't.

    You can use your own domain with a gmail account without using ANY hosting companies or email servers. You can actually send and receive email from within gmail so it'll appear from your_name@yourdomain.com.

    This is incredibly cool for multiple reasons.

    1) Gmail gives you 7 gig and increasing space for each account and never deletes, so you'll have a record going back YEARS with all your important mail that you'll never ever ever lose.

    2) Their spam filters are amazing.

    3) You can even use imap and smtp with them so you can still use your favorite email client and have all your accounts in one place.


    This is how you do it. Let's say you have mycompany.com as your domain you want to use.

    1) Create a new gmail account and call it mycompany@gmail.com, or whatever you like.


    2a) Log in to your domain registrar, namecheap, godaddy etc, then setup email forwarding to your new gmail account, mycompany@gmail.com. If you can't see how to do it just google "email forwarding godaddy" or "email forwarding my_registrar" for instructions.


    2b) You can add as many aliases as you like: myname@mycompany.com first.last@mycompany.com, initial.last@mycompany.com and so on and have them all forwarded to your new mycompany@gmail.com.


    3) Login to your new mycompany@gmail.com


    4) Click on settings

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    5) Click on the Accounts tab, 3rd from the left.


    6) Click "Add another email address you own". Uncheck "Treat as an alias"


    7) Enter the email and click verify. They'll send you a code to your existing email for you to enter here.


    8) Now click 'make default' just to the right of the new email on the settings screen.


    All done!


    Now when anyone sends email to yourname@mycompany.com it'll get automatically forwarded to mycompany@gmail.com and when you read it in your gmail account it'll say to: yourname@mycompany.com

    When you click reply it'll automatically send it from yourname@mycompany.com, so from the perspective of the person who sent you the mail it doesn't look like you're using gmail.

    Done! Enjoy. :)
     
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  2. ben10023

    ben10023 Regular Member

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    Yeah it's great isn't it!

    You can also ask your registrar/host to change your MX records to poing to google, so no need for forwarding etc.
     
  3. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    Oh, nice, I didn't know you could do that, thanks!
     
  4. todaysmypayday

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    You can also let Google have access to all correspondence that you send and receive from everyone, on their servers, for years, too! I prefer to keep my important emails OFF gmail and away from Google because if they can use the contents of your emails to show you their bullshit Adwords ads, then they have access to everything you send/receive, which could even possibly harm your business if you sell links, talk about sites, etc.
     
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  5. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    I wouldn't worry about that. :) Google are too busy to care about targeting individuals to destroy them.

    They deal with a mind-boggling amount of data. Even if they had the motivation to start ruining people's lives it would cost them so much in resources to try and identify what people are doing what. It's just not feasible.

    The only way they could damage you is if they personally assigned a human to monitor you and review all your correspondence, but if you believe they care that much about you to do that then you must be a pretty important person and I envy you. :)
     
  6. MarguriteCuartas

    MarguriteCuartas Newbie

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    google has brought us these features no doubt they are great but by now they are old already, still good for newbies!
     
  7. Dumper

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    I avoid gmail as well but i just started using Zoho for my business email addy's and i absolutely love them.
     
  8. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    I just tested this out and unfortunately it doesn't work with regular gmail. You can only directly specify the MX records on your DNS server if you have a Google Apps account, which costs $5 per user per month.

    So it looks like forwarding is the only way with a regular account. It's doesn't really matter though, providing your registrar doesn't have crazy slow servers it won't make any difference. :)



    Gmail is old? What exactly do you consider new? Gmail is the most advanced mailing platform out there.



    There's a lot of paranoia about gmail.. It's nuts. Seriously guys, Google doesn't care what you're doing. They're not conspiring against you, I promise.
     
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  9. ben10023

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    Ahh yeah, you have to use this link:

    http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html

    10 free accounts
     
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  10. bashhunter

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    gmail will require phone verification

    Do you know how to bypass that
     
  11. orzyman

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    ok that was nice but why would i want to do that if i have a hosting for my site and they give me unlimited email or am i missing something?
     
  12. BlueTurtle

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    See the quote from my original message.


    A 4th would be you'll be sending your important mail from a whitelisted SMTP server so it'll never get blacklisted. One of the hosting company's I got to host my mail was actually banned by hotmail, but even if they're not blacklisted, they still have a higher chance of hitting spam.
     
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    Matt Cunts is that you???
     
  14. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    Don't be a dick..
     
  15. orzyman

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    ok you might be right here and looking from this prospective i think i know and understand what you mean
     
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    Didn't know this one. Thanks a lot!

    This will absolutely come in handy. :cool:

    Take it easy,
    Con
     
  17. roryhill

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    I do something similar, but I don't use gmail to actually get and send my email. I forward all my email accounts for a domain to the domain@gmail account so that I have a backup of all my emails for that domainl in one place. If something ever happens, and it has, I can get on gmail and look things up.
     
  18. BlueTurtle

    BlueTurtle BANNED BANNED

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    The main seller is having your emails safe for years and years and years.

    If you get a vps and setup an imap server you can keep them for years, but if you ever forget to pay the hosting, or something happens and you lose it then the email is lost forever.

    Having a searchable history of business email is very important.
     
  19. anssoft

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    Thank you a i have about 100 hotmail account and all forwarding to one gmail and every website i create i create webmail for it and forwarding messages to the previous gmail
     
  20. shiloz

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    Yes it really comes in handy