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Alternative ID

Protect your real identity online

  • Maintain your email address & name private
  • Minimize the risk of getting spam emails
  • Keep your info out of data brokers' reach
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What is Alternative ID?

Alternative ID is a Surfshark feature that generates a brand-new online identity & an email for you to use online. You give us the details about the identity you want us to create — we produce a new profile with an email address keeping your true identity under wraps.
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Benefits of Alternative ID

Avoid giving out your personal info to one-time-used websites, sites with vague protection practices, or brands you don't trust 

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Prevent your info from falling into the wrong hands during data breaches
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Minimize the possibility of getting spam emails from annoying marketing subscriptions
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Protect yourself from online stalking
24/7 live support & visual guides
30-day money-back guarantee

How to use Alternative ID?

You need a Surfshark subscription plan & active account to use Alternative ID.
Select Alternative ID on my.surfshark.com/alternative-id, provide the data you want, and start using it.
For the best experience, download a Surfshark extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge browsers.
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How does Alternative ID work?

Create a new persona

Create a new persona

You begin by creating an alternative identity. Insert your preferences for a gender, age, birth date, and country.
Get a new email

Get a new email

We generate a persona and email address with your provided details. Then we create safe forwarding from your newly formed email address to your real one.
Use your new profile

Use your new profile

Now, you can use your Alternative ID and brand new proxy email for as long as you like or change it anytime.

Disclaimer: Our Terms of Service prohibit the unlawful use of Alternative ID that may violate laws or the ToS of other websites. You should always be aware of the applicable law and check websites' Terms of Service (ToS) when using Alternative ID.


Compare Alternative ID vs. disposable email services

Alternative ID

  • Generates an online persona & email address
  • Maintains your privacy
  • Works as long as you want it to
  • Safely forwards emails to your real one

Burner emails

  • Generates an email account only
  • Lacks transparent privacy policies
  • Self-destructs after a short time
  • Usually operates in browser windows

Frequently asked questions

You probably need an alternative ID if you're not sure about the privacy and safety of a website you're about to use. Use Alternative ID when creating new accounts, subscribing to newsletters, logging into new websites, or anywhere else where you must provide your data but don't fully trust the business.
Of course, don't use it for scams or with trustworthy websites, such as banking or governmental institutions.
Yes, Alternative ID is safe to use. Alternative ID is a tool designed with personal identity security in mind. It’s important to secure your most sensitive data and prevent email, phone, or social security number theft. Using Alternative ID will keep your data private so you won't fall victim to another data breach.
Yes, you can create an alternative online identity to protect yourself as long as you're not abusing others by tricking, imitating or causing them harm.
Keep in mind that some websites may require you to use your true identity during the registration process. Make sure to comply with the ToS of the websites you’re using.