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 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 before in the past. But here are 5 other ones, making their debut appearance on MakeUseOf.
The Fake Mail Generator is brought to you by the same people who run the Fake Name Generator. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Which ones do you prefer?
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