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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.

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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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  1. Marty P
    October 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Was on here the other day looking for a new disposable email service.
    I was a user of Soodonims for years but they seemed to have gone undercover. I used Spam Gourmet but found it old and difficult to use.
    I wanted more than just 10 minutes of email. I wanted one where say, I could create an Amazon account and keep that DEA forever.
    I received an email from Soodonims saying they revamped (refreshed? rejuvenated?) their site and are now in full launch mode.
    I resigned up and still think its one of the best (although I have not tried them all)

    Marty

  2. Dan Orbanov
    March 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I love lazyinbox.com

    • Ben Stegner
      April 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      That's another great one -- thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Liz
    February 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Ben. Great options. Also consider StartMail.com. With StartMail, you can create temporary and permanent aliases that will feed into your main StartMail account for convenience. Just delete an alias account when you want to cut off a bad relationship or spammer. East peasy!

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

    Thank you makeuseof.

  5. Anonymous
    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).

  6. 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.

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

    Please tem mail script pleasee?

  8. 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.

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

    none work for facebook

    • Anonymous
      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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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. ;-)

  14. 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!

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

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

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

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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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..

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

    Lol this is very useful for me

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

    easy trashmail looks good

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

    might come in handy some day
    Good Article!

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

    Cool, did not know

  25. 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!

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

    Yopmail

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

    YopMail.com is the best :)

  30. 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!

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

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

    lol that will be great :P

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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 :/

  42. 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.