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What is a mail alias?

KB87 Last reviewed 27 November 2013
An explanation of what a mail alias or forwarder is.

A mail alias simply forwards e-mail messages to a specific e-mail address. Mail aliases are often used for long or generic e-mail address likes or

A mail alias may also be called an e-mail or mail forwarder.

A mail address has two parts: the alias address and the e-mail address to forward messages onto. This last address is sometime called the forwarder address.

An Example

Joe has an e-mail account with the address of Joe wants all messages sent to the address to be sent to his address. He can do this using a mail alias.

In this example, the alias address is

The forwarder address is

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