5 “DISPOSABLE” Web Accounts to Keep Your Identity Safe

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Fed up with spam? Tired of telemarketing calls? Feelin’ paranoid about identity theft? … Here you’ll find a bunch “throwaway” web tools that can help you out.

Disposable email account

Mintemail – Instant disposable email for any “˜fishy’ registration form or sign-up. Go to mintemail.com and a random email address will be automatically generated and copied to your clipboard. You can either bookmark the location of created inbox and use it on a regular basis or always use a new one.

Highlights include: Automatic eMail verification, email forwarding, option to set custom expiry times (from 1 hour to 1 month) and more.

Disposable phone number

Numbr – This is a really good one. Basically, Numbr gives you an anonymous disposable phone number that can be set to forward all incoming calls to any provided landline or mobile number (US only). Absolutely free. It’s an ideal solution for times when you want to keep your phone private but want to list your contact number in places like classifieds listings, social networking sites, blogs, etc. (Update: Dose not support free account any more)

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Along with the number, you also get access to dozens of cool functionalities, i.e. forward to voicemail, ability to activate/deactivate nr. at any time, etc. Read more: Numbr – Disposable Phone Number.

Disposable login details

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BugMeNot – Here you can get disposable login details (username/password) for a huge number of popular news/review/download websites that normally require users to register.

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For example, let’s say you clicked on a link that points to an article on a popular media website (eg. NYT). Usually instead of landing straight on the article page you’re asked to signin or register. Maybe there is a good reason behind it, but what’s the point of signing up if that is your first and only visit to that website. When it comes to BugMeNot, it instantly gets you a number of “public” login details that can be used to access the website. It’s fast, it’s convenient and you don’t have to worry about getting spammed. Check out full feature list in BugMeNot review.

Disposable name and address generator

FakeNameGenerator – Fun tool for quickly generating fake but totally sound names and contact address. Cool part about it, not only you get to choose country of residence but can also specify what kind of name you’re looking for, i.e. Chinese, American, Indian, etc.

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Disposable file sharing

File.io – Anonymous file sharing service where you can upload and share file/s (via password-protected URL) for 30 days. Once 30 day period is over, all shared files will be automatically deleted. Read More: File.io – Disposable File Sharing. Update: File.io is no longer exist, you can use [NO LONGER WORKS] Drop.io instead.

Are you aware of any other ‘disposable’ web service ? Share it in comments.

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Liz Stevens

Another good disposable service is http://www.drop.io – drop.io lets you create drops which are disposable web addresses that you can store files, notes, whatever on at http://www.drop.io/disposablespace – all the media gets converted to be web friendly. But the service also automatically gives you an email address at disposablespace@drop.io – this is really useful simple way to be able to receive emails and store whatever you want online without any registration… i have used it several times and really like it.

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gudang

awesome post!! really important.. ill save it to my bookmar.
thank you..

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John

I’ve used spammotel.com for several years which gives permanent, long-term email storage. Also, trashmail.net for temp email accounts.

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KK

Nice little collection. What are the privacy policies at online file storage places?

I also use gmail for this stuff– just generate a new account with usual.name.thisjunkysite@gmail.com. Then I can track and see how sleazy the site really is. And nothing goes away, so I can find it later, if need be.

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Evan Walsh

WH4F has disposable email accounts as well

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tom

disposable, shareable notes : http://cl1p.net/

Aibek

Thanks

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Jake

I just tried Mintemail. The site says “MintEmail.com gives you a four hour temporary email address.” I use mailinator.com for junk sites. Mailinator only holds your messages for 15 muinutes and if you have an unusual name there it is likely no one would read it. But for those pesky registration sites it is great.

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Mark

MintEmail is actually based on the code I wrote and open sourced for 2Prong.com. I’d also point out that 2Prong has a new domain every few weeks to avoid Mailinator style domain bans.

Just wanted to point that out. Great tips on the Numbr thing, thanks.

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vanesa

mailinator.com……for email

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Jeff B

I have been using http://www.grandcentral.com by google.

Aibek

Yep, GrandCentral is pretty good too, the only problem it’s still in closed beta.

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draeath

URL for file-io is bad.

Correct URL is:
http://file.io

Yes, the www does actually mean something.

Aibek

Thanks, it’s fixed now.

MikeVertx

health insurance?

http://file.io = currently down

drop.io maybe is what was meant

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dkong

FYI- Bugmenot tends to not work….

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peter guszti

Great article, I posted something before but it wasnt up. dugg. I also posted it on , opentopix dot com

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Donald Hines

I use http://www.sneakemail.com/ for disposable email addresses. It works fantastically well.

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Matt

I’ve used all of these before, but the disposable phone number surprised me. As for the identity generator, you’re better off randomly searching the yellow pages. It’s pretty easy to verify addresses now.

Aibek

“It’s pretty easy to verify addresses now.”

Are there any free ones? Can you post couple of links.
Thanks.

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Jacob

@Matt: I didn’t know there were any cheap places that verify addresses.. Do you know of a cheap/free one?

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Tom

Check out 10-Minute Mail.com
Works like a charm!

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amby

I’ve used GishPuppy for a while now. Full online management and a firefox extension so I don’t have to leave the page I’m filling in.

Aibek

Actually, if you use Mintemail you don’t have to leave the page either. Basically, you can use any random email ID during some sign-up and it will be automatically generated upon first incoming email. And if there is a confirmation link in the message, it will be automatically confirmed as well.

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craig campbell

We sometimes use disposable video rooms at mebeam

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blake

Disposable Email – Account disappears as soon as the browser closes.
http://2prong.com

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tk2

I would recommend dodgeit.com for fake emails.

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Derrick

I use http://www.spaml.com for all my disposable email needs. It automatically checks new mail for you.

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Thorsten Holzman

10minutemail.com is a throwaway email generator. You can extend the time if need be — I don’t know if this is indefinite as I’ve never needed to do so more than once.

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VictorSinclair

Spamgourmet.com

I’ve use them for the last 3 yrs and its so easy. I must have about 200 addresses. Instantly come up with email address, since emails addressing goes “anything you want”.”# of emails you want to get”.”user id”@spamgourmet.com. So just to keep track of how well certain site keep your email private, I put the website’s name into the address I creat.

Aibek

I have wrote about spamgourmet earlier. It’s a pretty extensive disposable email service. Also probably with the highest number of features. The only drawback, it’s not as simple as other ones and takes a while to get used to.

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DrkShadow

I can’t believe I haven’t seen Spamgourmet(.com) mentioned. Your e-mail is permanently (unless you change it) associated with a spamgourmet login, and you append a prefix to your login@spamgourmet.com to have all e-mails sent to that prefix forwarded to your e-mail address. The beauty comes in the prefix — you can specify a certain number of messages forwarded before the prefix becomes inactive, or you can associate it to forward e-mail from only one address. All of this is done in the e-mail address itself, so you don’t need to go and create an address.

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BatmanLevi

This really has nothing to do with the topic, but http://esnailer.com/ lets you mail some online. It’s totally free too! Great post by the way.

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r

I use

10minutemail.com

instead of the one listed here, and quite like it.

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Brian

Spamify.com generates a disposable email address for you as well, it lasts 15 minutes, and you can also respond to messages sent to the disposable email address. If 15 minutes isn’t enough time, you can click a button and get another 15 minutes. :)

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silentcalls

Free disposable UK phone numbers at datingnumbers.com

silentcalls

Sorry, URL should be datingnumbers.com/call.html

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J

You can create free disposable addresses with Yahoo.

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M. Jones

Great Website for Identity Theft Information and Resources:

IDTheftDefense.com

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winger

Ever heard of litedrop?? No signup, rss feeds, easy access, very nice clean and fast!

http://www.litedrop.com

Anyway I just use this if some website want me to register just to get information from their website lol, that just stupid :P

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Daniel

What about a disposable email service that creates new domains just like the 2prong creator says it does?

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Wones

Guys: Try PeopleSearches.com – Kool Stuff too

PeopleSearches.com

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Brian

I am in love with BugMeNot, I have the Firefox extension for it :)

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Music

great info

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jamy015

Disposable email: if you must give your email give something@temporaryinbox.com (at the something type your own text) and go to temporaryinbox.com and type your ‘something’ in the box and voila! Disposable email!

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Greg

Update-
Numbr.com or Inumbr is in the midst of changing their free phone number offering. I suspect when it relaunches it will no longer be free or as unfettered as it was.
Yet another business model that couldn’t get traction
Greg

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Robert Morrison

For website owners, chatmaker.net, talkinator.com/ and mibbit.com provide registration-less instant chat rooms that you can embed in your website.

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TC

To be honest with you all, I crated a Yahoo account to use just for receiving junk mail and spam. Just create an account using an ID that you can remember. Anytime you have to give an email address for such a site, use it.
It has saved me a ton of time and kept my regular email address junk / spam free. Well, as much as you can in this day and age…

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Sebastian

dl.free.fr/

A great service offered by the French ISP “Free”. Unlimited uploads, up to 1GB in filesize when using the web interface, 10GB if using the FTP access. The files are removed from the server after 30 days WITHOUT download. So if it is downloaded once a month at least, it will never be removed (a cron task would take care of that).

It also has the option to send the URL to a few email adresses, or to password protect the file.

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DanielS

I just wanted to make a quick update to your readers, Both Mintemail and file.io are both down. Mintemail might return but I think file.io is gone for good which is too bad.

Aibek

Thank you. Yes the File.io was indeed shut down on October 8. The Mintemail seems working, not sure if the actual disposable accounts are functional though.

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cjsavvy

Great post. I use hidemyassmail.com.

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larry

http://www.yopmail.com is the best in my opinion . it is free, reliable and multilingual service.

I have been using mailnator and other leading services for a while. They have downtimes, and unlike yopmail delete the mails in few hours. But yopmail keeps the messages for 5 days.

YOPmail stands out is being the most neat, quick, and user-friendly disaposable service around. Have used it for sometime now , it has never disappointed me. There si no registration required, and it can be used on the fly.

It has some pretty creative options like widgets, and RSS feeds. furthermore, it is possible to switch between html and text view and to display all email headers.

Also, one can choose his own username while composing a mail. There are a few domain names a user can choose from. Email aliases, and random email generator is also available.

Serves all my purpose conveniently ;)

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wones

Great Articles!!!

PeopleSearches.com

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Working Online

This is much appreciated, trying to make a living online and spam doesnt mix at all.

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solarpanelsforsale

These are all cool, but I always wonder what kind of information these sites collect as well lol.

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Bakari Chavanu

Aibek, great article. But I signed up on Numbr and they want to $6.99 for the service. Did I miss something about the free service?

Aibek

Hey Bakari, it’s been a wile since we covered it so probably they have turned it into a paid service now :-(

MikeVertx

sadly this is the case :*(

http://inumbr.com/features = $6.99 per month.

a shame. It served a perfect purpose as a temporary solution. I would pay say 79cents per basic post if craigslist offered a temporary number as an option when posting.

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hern

I’ve used mailinator.com for years for quick disposable email and spam prevention. Works flawlessly!!

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Aibek

Thanks, I will make sure to mention 2Prong whenever I recommend Mintemail again.

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Aibek

It’s a community powered service so it just needs to get bigger and more active. As it grows larger quality of login details will improve.

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Jeremy Jacobs

This esnailer.com is a load of crap. They don’t send anything for you, and they make you sign up for crap after crap, and then in the end they say they can’t send the letter. But if you don’t want to sign up for the crap, you have the option of paying them $1.50 from paypal. This is nothing but a spam site.

Jeremy

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MikeVertx

echm… GoogleVoice now.

Inumbr is temporary where as the purpose of google voice is more permanent and for different reasoning.

I use and love both!

Inumbr is GREAT for CRAIGLIST posts, online advertisements, and the likes (places where you don’t want to give out your real number) it does great at screening calls and going straight to voice mail during specified times (say for example you only want it to ring your phone between 9am-9pm).

Google Voice is more ideal for forwarding to multiple phones i.e your home, cell, and office and you can answer which ever one is more convinient. Also it allows vanity numbers.

Both provide email notifications and playback, screen calls, and provide caller id.

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