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Sunday, March 09, 2008

The 14 Best Disposable & Temporary Email Services

Tired of spam in your inbox? Want to track down exactly which website sold you out?

Temporary, disposable email accounts can help you. Not only do they stop spam from reaching your primary email account, but they are usually free and require no registration to use.

You can use them when a website forces you to register to access content, on public forums, on your MySpace profile, or wherever you don't want to give out your real email address. If someone spams you using your temporary address, you can quickly cut them off by canceling that account.

Disposable Email Safety Tips

1. Remember that any email that is sent to a disposable email service can usually be accessed by anyone as long as they type in the same email address that you used. Some let you set passwords, but that's rarer. That means you want to choose a more creative email address that can't easily be guessed or replicated by someone else.

2. Similarly, don't use disposable email services for personal or sensitive emails. Usually, they're not run by big public corporations so you never know if someone is using them to collect information for identity theft.

That said, temporary email services are incredibly useful when used properly.

The Best Free Disposable Email Services

1. Mailinator


You don't have to sign up to use Mailinator. Just enter whatever email address you like as long as it ends in mailinator.com when you register for a site. You can also use the following alternate domains:

  • mailinator2.com
  • sogetthis.com
  • mailin8r.com
  • mailinator.net
  • spamherelots.com
  • thisisnotmyrealemail.com

Checking mail is also easy. You can access email using your browser, RSS, or even via a widget.

2. myTrashMail


The popular myTrashMail offers both secure and non-secure temporary email accounts. If you want a secure account protected by a password, you'll need to complete a very short registration form.

3. BugMeNot


Not only does BugMeNot let you bypass website registration, it also offers an instant, disposable email service. Emails get deleted every 24 hours.

4. 2Prong


Although currently offline, the open source 2Prong offered an innovative no-click disposable email system. Disposable email addresses were automatically copied to your clipboard so you could quickly paste them into the registration forms on websites. Email address domains were also changed frequently to bypass banning. See below for some good alternatives.

5. BlockFilter


Offering a variant of the 2Prong service, BlockFilter offers no-click disposable email that is automatically deleted every 2 hours.

6. spamgourmet


Spamgourmet offers a temporary email forwarding service. Just set up an account to get a temporary address that you can use to register for sites. Any email sent to that address is automatically forwarded to your real email address.

7. 10 Minute Mail


Don't need an email inbox with longevity? Try 10 Minute Mail, which offers accounts that expire after 10 minutes (with optional renewal).

8. MailEater


To use MailEater, just give out an email address like anything@maileater.com. Then check the website for any emails.

9. Temporary Inbox


Temporary Inbox offers both disposable email and email forwarding services with multiple domains you can choose from.

10. Spaml


Although it doesn't switch domains, Spaml has otherwise replicated the 2Prong disposable email service.

11. FakeEmailGenerator


A knock-off of 2Prong that implements the same domain-changing strategy.

12. mailexpire


The flexible mailexpire offers an email forwarding service that you can set to expire anywhere from 12 hours to 3 months.

13. Jetable


Choose an address, set a lifespan, and Jetable will automatically forward email from that address to your real mailbox for the duration you specify. A Firefox extension is also offered.

14. Guerrilla Mail


A well-optimized site that provides email addresses that expire after 15 minutes. You can extend it 15 minutes at a time. Currently for sale by owner.


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Reader Comments:

These temporary emails are especially good for registering anonymously on forums for the purposes of posting spam.

Also check out http://www.litedrop.com Free disposable email address expires in 60 Minutes. Anonymously create it, use it, abandon it, repeat as necessary.

Hey when your email goes down again you should try SpamReturn.com - They offer 24 hours temporary email addresses. You basically can just come up with anything@spamreturn.com and then login to there website to check it.

http://www.soodonims.com offers free unlimited alias addresses. Easy to use and flexible.

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Puts me back in control. Its like having my own personal email bodyguard.

I prefer http://meltmail.com because they keep it simple and clean.

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