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Privacy is the buzzword on today’s Internet, and signing up for dodgy online services using your real email address is one way to have that privacy instantly violated. Whether it is spam offering you a totally fantastic sex life, or your desire to email sensitive information 5 Reasons For Using Anonymous Email Services To Get Your Message Across 5 Reasons For Using Anonymous Email Services To Get Your Message Across Anonymous emails allow you to send emails without revealing your ID or detectable fingerprints like your IP. A layman cannot begin to take the anonymous digital route that easily; he has to depend on hosted... Read More without being identified, you always need to create a buffer between the spammer and the “real you”.

That buffer is a disposable email address. Addresses which are instantly generated by a site for a one-time purpose and then discarded. Some forward the email(s) to your real address, while others have a continually refreshing inbox on their page for you to monitor. When it is the latter, leaving the page will result in you losing access to that email address, which will be a drawback.

We have extensively covered the topic of disposable email addresses Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Read More before in the past. But here are 5 other ones, making their debut appearance on MakeUseOf.

Fake Mail Generator

The Fake Mail Generator is brought to you by the same people who run the Fake Name Generator The 2 Best Sites For Coming Up With A Fake ID On The Internet The 2 Best Sites For Coming Up With A Fake ID On The Internet Be it for whatever purpose, I bet you've used some form of a fake identity or throwaway account online. It's natural to want to have a bit of anonymity in certain behaviors and there's nothing... Read More . Using it is very simple. Just type the first part of the email in the box (typing gibberish will do), then choose your domain in the drop-down menu. Then press “copy” to copy the email address to the clipboard.

When an email arrives, it will arrive on the same page. The page constantly refreshes looking for new emails. Since this one requires no forwarding to your real address, or registration in any way, it would be good for anonymous registrations on other sites.

Throwaway Mail

This one decides what the whole email address will be like — there is no option to customize the first half. If for any reason you need a new address, just click the “Generate new email address” link and another one will be provided for you.

When emails arrive, they will land on the main page. Again, no forwarding or registration required.

MailDrop

With MailDrop, just enter the desired first half of the email address in the top right-hand corner, and you will be taken to the mailbox in question. There, you can wait for the emails to arrive.

There are two good things about this service. One is that your mailbox gets a direct link, so you can bookmark it and return to it. Secondly, each mailbox is also assigned an alias address. That is another address which forwards to the one you just made. Look at it as an extra layer of protection.

Temp Mail

When arriving at the site, you are assigned an email address. But if you don’t like that one for some reason, you can change it to something else. Just make sure it has the @flurred.com domain on the end. I chose Greebo as the first half of the address (Star Wars fans will get the reference).

This is a pretty basic, bare-bones service, which will suit all no-frills minimalist fans.

Easy Trash Mail

What I really like about this one is that you can set the validity of the mailbox for up to a month. Decide on how long you want it for, enter your real address for the emails to be forwarded to, and hit the “create” button for a temporary address to be assigned to you.

Maybe you’re not paranoid? Maybe they ARE out to get you with great deals on Viagra and cheap Chinese goods, as well as Nigerian princes needing their money moved? (Boy, was I a sucker to fall for that one). So it pays to use temporary email addresses Need a Disposable Email Address? Try These Great Services Need a Disposable Email Address? Try These Great Services Disposable emails are not a new idea. In fact they’ve been around almost as long as email has (well, almost). In case you’ve never used one, disposable emails are fake email addresses you can give... Read More . Which ones do you prefer?

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  1. Jingl3s
    February 17, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    You can add also yopmail which is really simple and have a limited time rss flux on the mailbox.

  2. Jay
    February 14, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I use Abine MaskMe as Firefox Extension, it will automatically offer to generate masked email address for any form that require email address submission. Also it has password generator and auto-login with your masked email/generated password. Very handy.

  3. DeadPhish
    February 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    What am I missing here?

    All of the neat tricks listed above are very "sexy" and "cute" to us tech types ....

    but,
    just setting up a dummy e-mail account at an ISP
    (which usually allow at least 5 different accounts)
    ..... would appear to do the "deed"

    I don't include this dummy E-Mail account on my E-Mail client on my computers
    so I don't have to worry about an Nasty E-mails that sneak by my AV-SW.

    I go to the on-line ISP E-Mail when I need to view the one-time messages.

  4. Amers
    February 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Blur is ace - used to be called "do not track". It's available as an add-on for most browsers.

  5. eric jay
    February 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Maildrop user here and also there's 20minutemail.

  6. Mark O'Neill
    February 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    That is REALLY weird. Sorry, I don't have an Android phone, but I may co-opt an Android phoning colleague into an article for me in the near future :-)

  7. Ant
    February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I tried these 5 on my Android phone and none of them were usable. Either they simply didn't work, the text was too tiny or they couldn't receive a 2MB email. How about a review of the same thing for phones?

  8. Greedo
    February 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I'm only being picky so you can totally ignore me, but the character in Star Wars is 'Greedo' not Greebo. :) I like the idea of these sites to protect your real address from spam. I'm trying one right now for commenting! Thanks for sharing.

    • Mark O'Neill
      February 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks for picking up on that. That's what happens when you write an article during a migraine! Thank you Greedo. By the way, did you shoot first or did Han? :-)

    • Greedo
      February 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Yikes so sorry about your migraine - hopefully you're feeling better now! Oh and Greedo *definitely* shot first. :)

  9. Nekobi
    February 13, 2015 at 5:23 am

    hard to see that mailinator is not here O.o

    • Mark O'Neill
      February 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Nekobi - we don't discuss things that we have already profiled, as we want to show you new tools and apps! :-)

    • Ramsey
      February 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Mailinator might have been previously reviewed, but I bet a lot of us missed that review. Even a modest shoutout like: "...and of course, there is Mailinator which we previously reviewed. That review is ->here<-"

  10. ReadandShare
    February 13, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Good for one-off shopping, etc. But if you want to open up an account somewhere, most all websites will want to verify your email address by sending you one to click on -- and many (or even most) will recognize -- and reject -- temporary email addresses.

    • Mark O'Neill
      February 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      The well-known email providers perhaps. But the newer ones may not be known yet to other sites. You need to try out a few before you find one that the site will accept. I use temp email addresses all the time, and I have never had a problem.

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