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It’s tough to achieve total anonymity online Can You Really Be Anonymous Online? Can You Really Be Anonymous Online? We all have things we'd rather not tell the world about. I think it's time we clear up a few things about anonymity online -- and answer once and for all, whether it's really possible. Read More , but there are plenty of benefits from having it 3 Undeniable Reasons Why You Need Online Anonymity 3 Undeniable Reasons Why You Need Online Anonymity Many people don't believe in online anonymity, mainly because it has the potential to enable and encourage undesirable behavior. But without anonymity, people's lives can easily be ruined forever... Read More . Whether your reasons for flying under the radar, you can blend in much more easily with the help of some web services.

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Note: These services make no guarantees about privacy or security, as anyone can access an inbox you create without a password. Do not use disposable email services to transmit sensitive information or illegal content. Also note that many popular websites have blocked some of these domains.

Maildrop.cc

While some throwaway email address providers look like they haven’t updated their site in a decade, Maildrop.cc provides a clean aesthetic and a simple service. Simply enter any address @maildrop.cc, or pick a suggested username, to access a throwaway inbox.

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For more security, you can use an alias address for your Maildrop inbox so others can’t just open it up in Maildrop themselves. Overall, Maildrop provides a clean, simple interface for when you have to enter your email address but don’t want to risk your own. It can’t send mail and it’s not meant for permanent use, but it’s a solid tool for getting a quick email.

Mailinator

Mailinator is one of the longest-running disposable email services, and it’s still a pleasure to use. Like Maildrop, all email inboxes are public, so you just need to enter a username @mailinator.com to check an inbox. Mailinator creates an account for an address as soon as email arrives for it, so you can make a name up on the spot and check it later. If you like, you can even use RSS What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More to check your inbox.

You can’t send email through Mailinator, and all messages are deleted after a few hours. The service’s spam filters reject email with too many recipients and block all attachments. Because many websites block Mailinator as a known disposable service, there are plenty of extra domains that point to Mailinator, like @mailinator2.com.

Mailsac

Mailsac isn’t much to look at, but provides a few extra features if you need a “permanent” throwaway address. Everything is public and available without signing in like other services. However, signing up for a free account lets you send email, save messages so they don’t expire, keeps your inbox private, and lets you reserve multiple addresses.

If you don’t star/save messages, they expire within a week. Logged in users get a basic amount of storage; you can purchase more or “spin the wheel” to win credits for free.

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10 Minute Mail

If you want a website to give you an email address instead of choosing one, 10 Minute Mail is for you. This service doesn’t offer anything fancy; whenever you visit it, the site simply generates an email address for you (we got k3005388@mvrht.com). A timer counts down ten minutes, at which point your inbox is destroyed.

A refresh button lets you gain additional time by resetting the clock, which you can use as many times as you need. If you close the browser window or let time run out, you can’t go back to that temporary inbox again. Because of this, 10 Minute Mail has a bit more security built-in — nobody else can see the inbox you’re viewing.

GuerrillaMail

GuerrillaMail is a powerhouse for disposable email address users. It provides several domain names (like @sharklasers.com and @spam4.me) and you can change your randomly assigned email address at any time. Address are permanent, but all email is deleted after an hour. Unlike other services, GuerillaMail doesn’t filter any incoming messages, so you’re free to open attachments and view spam messages.

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Blur

Blur is actually a suite of privacy tools Blur Can Hide Your Credit Cards, Emails, And More Blur Can Hide Your Credit Cards, Emails, And More There's an inherent insecurity in giving your email, credit card number, and phone number to any website where you want to buy something. Thankfully, there's an app that can remedy this called Blur. Read More , not just a disposable email address service. Their free plan includes a password manager How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More , an Autofill utility, and tracker blocking, as well as the email masking service we’re interested in.

In essence, Blur allows you to “mask” the information you give to websites whenever you like. If you’re signing up for a website and don’t feel comfortable giving your email address, clicking Mask my data supplies a different email address. Whenever that site tries to send you an email, Blur just forwards it onto you, preventing abuse of your email address.

If this sounds like something you’d like, the Premium plan lets you mask your credit card and phone numbers, as well.

No More Spam!

No matter your reason for using a disposable email, one of these six services should suit you perfectly. If you’re not sure which one is best for you:

  • Maildrop and Mailinator are great for quick usage, such as one-off confirmation emails.
  • Mailsac is the best if you don’t mind creating an account and want a “permanent” throwaway address.
  • 10 Minute Mail provides (relatively) the most privacy as nobody else can access your current inbox.
  • GuerillaMail provides unfiltered access to email, including attachments, and lets you send email without signing in.
  • Blur is great if you want a total security solution and rarely give out your real email address.

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Which throwaway email address service is your favorite? Please share your uses for these services and add your favorites to the list by leaving a comment!

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