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disposable email addressDisposable emailaddresses 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 to people you don’t trust, to services you suspect of sharing your address, and on any situation where you don’t want to use your real address. Depending on the service you use, you can either read emails received to this address on a Web interface, or receive them to your real inbox.

There are dozens of such services, and most are really easy to use. It’s just a matter of finding the one which offers the right features for you, and yes, there are all kinds of different features and perks to be had. So if you need a confidential disposable email address that you don’t want tracked, here are some excellent options you can try.

Important note: never use these services for sensitive information or for emails containing usernames and passwords you want to protect. While they are reasonably private, they are still not secure as your regular email account.

GuerrillaMail

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GuerrillaMail provides more than just a disposable email address. In fact, the email address you get from GuerrillaMail never expires, so it’s actually not disposable – it’s even better. To use GuerrillaMail, all you have to do is choose your inbox ID, which would be your email address, and you’re ready to go. You can have any username you want, and choose between seven different domains. When you receive an email to your new address, it will automatically appear on your email page. You can reply from within GuerrillaMail, and even attach files. GuerrillaMail acts as a spam filter too, so spam shouldn’t even reach your inbox, and all email is deleted within 1 hour.

Since your address lasts forever (unless you tell it to forget you), you can use it again and again. All you have to do is enter the same email to view your inbox, so anyone who has it can view it. GuerrillaMail solves this problem by using aliases when sending out emails, so your recipients can’t access your GuerrillaMail. The downside is that sometimes emails I sent out from GuerrillaMail simply never arrived.

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In a nutshell: Read, reply and attach files, permanent address with alias, emails deleted in 1 hour.

FakeInbox

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FakeInbox is slightly better looking than is common for these services, and offers fake email addresses that self-destruct after 60 minutes. All the provided addresses are in the same domain – fakeinbox.com – and you can either choose your own username or let the service generate a random one for you.  You can now give this address to anyone, and receive incoming emails on FakeInbox’s interface. You can also reply from here, and those are received instantly. A countdown at the bottom of the page shows you how much time you have left with this address. Done with it? You can delete it before your time is up. Want an extra 60 minutes? You can get that as well.

In a nutshell:  Read and reply, address and inbox deleted in 60 minutes (can extend).

MailCatch

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MailCatch is very similar to GuerrillaMail, but with a cherry on top. To start, MailCatch makes it very clear that you can give out a mailcatch.com email address before you even access the website. Just think up some random username, and then point your browser at username.mailcatch.com to check your email. As with GuerrillaMail, all a person needs in order to access this mailbox is your username, and here there are no aliases here, so you really need to take that into account. MailCatch is read only, meaning you can’t reply to emails, only read them. What you can do, though, for 2€ a month, is set up forwarding or POP3 access to your MailCatch address, so you don’t have to use the Web interface to see your emails. All emails on MailCatch are deleted after a short time (several hours to several days).

In a nutshell: Read only, permanent address with alias, emails deleted after several hours to days, unique URL for your inbox, premium users can set up forwarding and POP3.

AirMail

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AirMail is a disposable email address service with some nice perks. Unlike other services, you can only generate random emails, with no control over what they’ll be. You can, however, generate one after the other until you find something you like. There seem to be at least 5 different domains in use. Once you find an address you like, you can give it to whoever you want, and receive the emails to AirMail’s interface. According to the AirMail website, you can view HTML emails, although I couldn’t see an image I sent myself. AirMail also claims to strip hidden codes from emails, thus preventing third parties from learning information about your browser and IP.

The nice thing about AirMail is that it feels almost like regular email. You get a sound notification upon arrival of a new email, and you can check your emails from any browser on any computer by copying your inbox’s unique URL. The address will last as long as you keep checking it. If you stop, everything will self destruct after 24 hours.

In a nutshell: Read only, address and inbox deleted after 24 hours, can access with unique URL, sound notifications, HTML viewer and code stripping.

EasyTrashMail

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EasyTrashMail takes a slightly different approach to disposable emails, and for this one to work, you need to provide your real email address. On the up side, you don’t have to use a clunky Web interface – all emails sent to your disposable address are automatically forwarded to your regular inbox. So how does it work? You provide the service with your real email address, and choose how much time you want your disposable address to exist. There are many options to choose from, ranging from 15 minutes to 1 month. Once you click on “Create” you receive a random email address at easytrashmail.com, and or as long as it’s up, you’ll receive anything sent to it directly to your inbox, without having to disclose your real address.

In a nutshell: need to provide real email, no Web interface, address can last from 15 minutes to 1 month.

Mailnesia

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Aside from its clever name, Mailnesia comes with several other cool features. Mailnesia is similar to GuerrillaMail and MailCatch in that it never really expires, only deletes email, and you can access the inbox simply by having the username. Like GuerrillaMail, you can set an alias for your inbox, so you don’t have to go around giving access to everyone who sees your address. There are several things that set Mailnesia apart: it comes in nine different languages, full HTML support, and the best part: auto clicking on confirmation/activation emails, which are what you’d use this address for most commonly. This means that if you use this address to sign up to a service or a website, Mailnesia will automatically click the confirmation link for you, without you doing anything. Pretty cool!

In a nutshell: Read only, permanent address with alias, emails deleted after several hours to days, comes in 9 languages, auto clicking on confirmation emails.

Want More?

Still looking or the perfect match? You can find five more temporary email services you might like in this article Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Five Free Temporary Email Services To Avoid Spam Read More .

Is there a favorite service we missed? How do you handle situations in which you don’t want to give out a real email address? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. Juliet
    March 25, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Thank you makeuseof.

  2. John Smith
    October 21, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I use Blur by Abine, it works fine for me. It also provides other services, but I never use them. (I use the Masked Emails service).

  3. jack
    May 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Dont get it, most of them just receive, only guerrila mail lets you send a new message and receive.

  4. Ops
    April 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Please tem mail script pleasee?

  5. Penpencilandbrush
    March 16, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I didn't see the fake mail generator here. I'm actually surprised, as I've found it to be very reliable.

  6. Axiom
    January 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    none work for facebook

    • John Smith
      October 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Some websites, like Dropbox, and apparently Facebook, don't let you use fake email addresses. I think they have a list of fake email domains and block them from being used.

  7. Will
    April 28, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I'm also surprised Mailinator is not on this list. It's one of the originals. Though now I use Mailsac.com, it's got a cleaner interface and their website works on my iphone.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Mailinator is mentioned in a previous MakeUseOf article, you can find the link in the article above. I tried finding some new services we haven't covered before.

      Thanks for recommending Mailsac!

    • hambone
      May 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      +1 to http://mailsac.com and harakirimail since they either are newer or the developers keep them more up to date. I like to remain anonymous on the interwebs and am always using temporary emails. Some of the interfaces are rough to use though. Mailsac is cleaner, though lesa features. Not sure that is actually a bad thing or not. But hey, they are all free :-)

      • Yaara Lancet
        May 5, 2013 at 6:25 am

        Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Anon
      January 23, 2015 at 2:38 am

      MAILSAC!

      I host like 6 or 7 sites email on it.

  8. Ardingbel
    April 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    https://harakirimail.com is a new disposable email service. I use it myself :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Nice, thanks!

  9. The Tech Guy
    December 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I happen to like emailisvalid.com. Auto follows website registration links for you, which no other sites do. Looks ok and works great.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks! Didn't know about this one.

  10. Guest
    December 14, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Yopmail, MailMeNot (from BugMeNot), 10 Minute Mail, and Fake Mail Generator.

    Or just use one of the standard companies, like Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc., separate from your real email address. Some sites won't even let you log in if you have a funny looking domain that's not one of the major ones. Just make up a random address with a long-standing provider. You can use Fake Name Generator (from the same company that brings you Fake Mail Generator) to copy in phony details on the registration page. What I sometimes do is copy one of the auto-generated (usually gibberish) prefixes from a site like 10 Minute Mail or Mailinator and attach it to a "regular" address. So it ends up being something like qwfxyvzzx at aol.com.

    I wonder how many people have already set up fake social media profiles using any of these combinations. Not me, of course. ;-)

  11. himagain
    December 12, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Use a Gmail account - spammers hate gmail - and use this gmail trick to create disposable or "tracking" emails for those filthy sites who promise never to reveal/share your address and bomb you 2 days later!

    Gmail's Plus Addressing: Lets say your email is me@gmail.com. With plus addressing you just add a "+" followed by any clue you like. So when you sign up for getrichyesterday.com's fab offer, you could use me+rich1@gmail.com. The mail still comes to your inbox. But you can easily set a filter on the email coming to that address. Or any "+" containing email address and filter/dump to trash.
    Interestingly, you can learn which ones are lying thieves at once AND you can have as many "+" addresses as you like.
    FWIW: Most of the Net quick-easy-money free-offers are only after your address to flog. I've seen up to 5 addresses shared from just one test email given.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      This is an excellent tip, and one we've mentioned here on MakeUseOf before. Thanks for bringing it up, it's very relevant!

  12. Adinamo Alex
    December 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Nice stuff, i.ll try one cause i really need.

  13. Arxadius Stark
    December 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I've used (and still using) GuerrillaMail. Might try out the others for research! c:

  14. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I've been using computers since 1983; mainframes, mini's, and pc's with and without hard drives, and this is the first time I'm ever hearing about this. I guess that it's better late than never!

    • himagain
      December 12, 2012 at 4:28 am

      old dogs can learn new tricks faster, better! :-)
      see my easy way post above

  15. James R. Celoni
    December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    In some of the tech training we give, our (adult) students need to have an e-mail address, e.g. to receive confirmations or alerts. YOPmail, mentioned in the original article and today's comments, is the best fit: no setup, easy access, reliable! Thanks for both articles and the comments.

  16. Alexis Brianne
    December 10, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for this I always love having options and disposable emails are a must have these days!

  17. Ritwick Saikia
    December 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Disposable email addresses are a god send in this day and age where you have to give your mail address everywhere even if you know that you aren't ever going to visit that site again..

  18. Giggity Goebbels
    December 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Lol this is very useful for me

  19. Avish Kansakar
    December 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    easy trashmail looks good

  20. Kaashif Haja
    December 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    might come in handy some day
    Good Article!

  21. Adam Campbell
    December 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Cool, did not know

  22. Rui Pedro Lopes
    December 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    There are other services like this.
    For example hidemyass.com, it has proxys, disposable mail...

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks!

  23. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Yopmail

  24. Larry Johnson
    December 8, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Great! Thanks for the list. I'll have to check out these services and try some.

  25. Igor Rizvi?
    December 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    So what if i register to some site with a disposable email or email that has an expiration date?What happens to that profile

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Unless you need to actually receive email to that address, you can still use it to log in as a username. For many accounts, you only receive one email to verify the account, and that's all you need. If that's not the case, you shouldn't use a disposable email for that account.

  26. Mr Xhark
    December 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    YopMail.com is the best :)

  27. Jan Fritsch
    December 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I expected to see http://www.tempinbox.com in the list ~ nice to see some (at least for me) new alterantives.

    http://www.spaml.de
    also a good service

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for these!

  28. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    once used these. then I found out the spam filter works good enough

  29. Roomy Naqvy
    December 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I have never figured out the need for disposable email addresses, except to fool spam. But with Gmail's pretty good spam features, I am not sure.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I guess it depends on who you have to give your email address to. Sometimes you just don't want to give out your real one, for various reasons.

  30. Vishal Srivastava
    December 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for this list. From now on, I'll use fake inbox for all the sources that I don't trust.

  31. Mike Merritt
    December 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I use: notsharingmy.info

    They give me a random number email address (@notsharingmy.info) which forwards all email to my real email address. I give out that email address to a suspicious site - and get their response in my regular email box. It lasts forever - there's no reading it on their site, since everything arrives in your own inbox. If it gets too trashy - then to erase it it, you go on their site and ask to erase it and they send you an email (to your real address) with the erase code. No user names, no passwords - just private mail forwarding.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Sounds good, thanks Mike!

  32. Sebastian Hadinata
    December 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I used guirellamail all the time whenever I need disposable email address. I guess I can try some of these alternatives next time.

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      December 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      whoops, typo in the service name... GuerrillaMail* I mean.

  33. Harry
    December 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    How could you miss out on e4ward.com ?
    This is perhaps the best of them.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      No here's one I really didn't know. Thanks, Harry!

  34. Âdil Farôôq
    December 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    lol that will be great :P

  35. Anabel f.m.
    December 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Great discoveries. I used yopmail a time was in need of one of this. It worked for my purposes.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Yeah, that's a good one too. Mentioned in the previous article we published on these services. Thanks!

  36. Dominic Chang
    December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

    If you use firefox there is a trashmail plugin available. Would exist for up to a month on free and if there are any mail it could be forwarded to one fo your existing accounts

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Awesome, thanks!

  37. Din One
    December 7, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Thanks i usually using fakeinbox... XD

    • Macwitty
      December 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Me too, works very well

  38. Lewis Golden
    December 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Having a disposible email address is a wonderful idea. I really regret that I have not taken advantage of this service a long time ago. It would be wonderful to have a mailbox with email only from sources that I want correspondence with. Instead I am dealing with 20 or 30 emails every day from sources that I would prefer not to hear from. Most of the clutter results from going to websites where I had to give my email address to to get something. After reading this article ,I' going to take the bull by the horns and start to use one of the services mentioned whenever I have to give my email to sources that I don't want to know my real email address.

    • Alexander
      December 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I am going to do the same thing as lewis and start to use one of these services, i am tired to see a mail from a company where it is hard to unsubscribe from them :/

  39. Gideon Waxfarb
    December 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Surprised Mailinator is not on this list.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      December 7, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Yeah. I use it ever since I discovered it, but I think it has been featured here, hence why it's omitted from the list.
      For those reading the comment and never heard of Mailinator, it's also a good service with unexpiring address. It has even more domains than you can imagine. The only downside is people can guess your inbox easily if you use common names. That and given its age, many of its domains are already known and blocked by some well known sites like FB.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Just like Lisa said, it's already been mention in the a previous list of such services, which is linked to from the article. I tried providing new services we haven't mentioned in the past. You can read the older article for five more services, including Mailinator.

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