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Every time you type your email address, you’re playing with fire.

Websites ask for email addresses all the time — but there’s no way to guarantee that said websites will play nicely. Many places will store your email address and sell them to email harvesters How Do Spammers Find Your Email Address? How Do Spammers Find Your Email Address? Spam is the closest thing we’ll ever find to an Internet plague. No matter who you are, spam will one day find you and you’ll have no choice but to put up with its pestilence.... Read More for money. Tada! Your email is now available to spammers.

Since it’s impossible to know whether or not a website will sell you out, your safest bet is to never give out your email address. Of course, this is a bit of a pain when you want to register for something and the website requires email confirmation.

So start using disposable email addresses. We recommend 10MinuteMail.

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You’ll receive an inbox that only lasts for 10 minutes. Use this whenever you need to input your email address somewhere and you’ll never get spam in your main inbox ever again. All of it will just be directed here instead.

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This is just one of many ways to beat spam. If you’re prone to being spammed, here are a few email mistakes that you might be making Still Getting Spam? 4 Email Mistakes to Avoid Today Still Getting Spam? 4 Email Mistakes to Avoid Today Avoiding spam is impossible. But there are some lesser known tips, tricks, and secrets that can help you fight the battle against suspicious email. Read More . Rectify them and you’ll slash your spam counts.

Do you use disposable email addresses? What’s your most effective tip against email spam? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Gary S
    November 1, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I use sneakemail, which does cost $12/year, but it lets me make up a disposable email address on the fly, whether on a website, or at the cash register, or on a paper form. If that address gets out into the wild, log in to sneakemail and delete it or put a filter on it, such as only accept messages from the domain of the business you gave the address to.

    Moments ago I created an address just for makeuseof so I could leave this comment.

    I also use spamgourmet if I only want to receive a limited number of messages and then forget about it.

    Because I use a unique address for each business or web site, I've been able at least a couple of times to let businesses know that their email lists have been compromised.

  2. Pravin S
    October 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I am using this method since 2007, all my subscriptions go to a mail that I use only to subscribe online. And I only opened that mailbox once or twice in a month on a public computer that's not mine. But After Chrome brought "Incognito" to their browsers, I no longer have to painfully find a public computer. But I still get around 2-3 spam emails a week on my personal inbox, and my "spam" email address gets over a 200 emails a week and I have 30000+ emails unread, all accumulated in the last couple of years. Spamming Sucks!!! Spammers Suck!!!

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      A world without spam... Would be awesome, wouldn't it? :P Thanks for sharing, Pravin!

  3. Jack Morin
    October 21, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I use mailinator.com. You can create any email address you wish using *****@mailinator.com. Once done, you just go to mailinator.com and enter the email address you have given and there is your confirmation email. The only caveat is that some sites block mailinator.com email addresses so my fix is to use one of my obscure gmail addresses and use the hack that allows you to see who is selling your email addresses to third parties. You simply type your email address as follows: Myobscureemailaddress+******(the name of the site you're on) and when you receive mail from anyone other than the site at which you registered, you know they are selling email addresses. Unfortunately, this only works on gmail (I think).

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Yeah I believe that only works on Gmail. But it's a good trick! Thanks Jack. It's too bad that some sites are starting to block disposable addresses now.

  4. Mike Dunn
    October 21, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I have been using Trashmail.com. Problem is that many sites will not accept the address created with this addon for some reason,calling it not an acceptable email format,and I end up using a hotmail account I normally rarely use. I like the idea of setting up an email account strictly for handling spam.

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      If more sites start rejecting disposable email addresses, that might be a problem. Yikes. A secondary just-for-spam email address works too, though, so good idea. :)

  5. hildyblog
    October 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I use a separate email account for spam. If I need to confirm a registration, I can go to it and click on the confirmation link. Otherwise I login every week or so and delete everything.

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      I suppose that works too!

  6. Matthew Day
    October 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Spamgourmet has some amazing options.

    The standard one is "allow N" - which you can also refill if you need to allow more.

    Exclusive sender are perfect to allow one not very trusted sender to use, while eating spam from any that it gets passed on to

  7. Maryon Jeane
    October 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    It's rather too late for me - my e-mail address has been out there since the mid 1980s (it's even pre-Nominet!), before spam was a problem (in those days you wanted to hear from people - almost anyone...), so if I allowed it I'd get more spam each day than I could deal with in a month.

    I did have a try using disposable e-mail addresses, but some of them were too short-lived to be useful (as Stephen has highlighted), and for the rest I found it too time-consuming to keep track.

    So I use The Bat! e-mail client with a third party (Ritlabs-approved) add-on spam filter, a professional ISP e-mail service with a good spam filter and, finally, PopTrayU. PopTrayU is excellent because it not only enables the creation of filters (as does The Bat! itself, actually), but it also allows - unlike anything else I've found - for individual sound files to be attached to e-mail addresses or headers etc. This means that from anywhere in the house (and outside with the use of a baby monitor) I can hear exactly when e-mails come in, who they're from and/or what they're about - saves me a load of time.

    All this might seem pretty paranoid, as far as the filters are concerned, but it's more than worth it. In the very short periods when I don't have the filters working - for example when I'm changing computers - the spam is a nightmare and just floods in. Obviously I've never let it run for any length of time, but on a sampling reckoning it would work out at around 1,500 a day. As it is the odd one gets through, when a new spam thread starts, but is quickly squashed, usually at source by my e-mail service provider.

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      That sounds like a lot of work, but if it works, great! If my spam filter missed 1,500 emails, I'd go insane lol. But you're right, disposable email addresses do have their downsides.

  8. Stephan Huebner
    October 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I don't really get the usefulness of these very shot-lived Email-Adresses. What exactly could an email only valid for ten minutes be useful for?

    I usually use spamgourmet (https://www.spamgourmet.com/index.pl) which gives quite a bit more control over the disposable addresses.

    • Howard Blair
      October 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      If someone requires you to give them an email address (for example, in order to email you a link to a file, to control the number of people who download their software or e-Book), you give them a disposable email address and the address will expire *after* you get the download link. This prevents the site from giving/renting/selling your email address to another company for spam purposes.
      For example, I once tried out a service called Try-now.net, which gave away software licenses. I used my GMail address, but added "+trynow" before the @ (GMail ignores anything between "+" and "@gmail.com", and sent the link email to my inbox, even though it wasn't quite the same).
      Wouldn't you know, I got spam in my Spam folder using that address (and Try-now.net is out of business!)...

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Howard Blair explained it well. A disposable address keeps your main address completely hidden, never exposed.

  9. Eric Jay Palomar
    October 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Do you use disposable email addresses?

    Sometimes.hehe

    • Joel Lee
      October 22, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Nice! I can only imagine how much spam you've avoided by doing so. :)

      • Eric Jay Palomar
        October 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        But not in my yahoo mail. Seems They don't have an excellent spam filtering unlike gmail.

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