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Temporary Email Address

To protect your email address from spam, avoid disclosing it on public websites. But if you need to, you could create temporary email that is disposable.

temporary email addressYou have just come across a new website at xyz.com that offers an interesting ebook for free. The offer is simple — you give them your email address and they’ll send you the download links for the ebook directly to your Inbox.

Now while the website policy clearly states that they “won’t sell your email address to third-parties”, you aren’t feeling very comfortable sharing your private email address with a website that you’ve never heard about before.

What do you do then? Would you skip the offer just because you’re worried that you might be swamped with spam? Well, there’s a simple solution to this common problem — just get a disposable email address that will auto-expire after a few hours (or days), so even if they spam the address that you shared on the website, your main inbox will remain unaffected.

There are quite a few websites that offer disposable email addresses for free but my favourite is 10 Minute Mail available at 10minutemail.com.

Just visit their homepage and they’ll give a temporary email address that you can use anywhere on the Web just like your regular email address.

If the other website sends you a reply (like a confirmation email), it will instantly appear on the 10 Minute Mail homepage (they refresh automatically using AJAX) and you can also reply to or forward this message without revealing your actual email address.

The email addresses generated by 10 Minute Mail will self-destruct after, you guessed it, ten minutes.

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Comments

  1. sergio says:

    I use http://www.20minutemail.com, this site offering a free forwarding service too.

  2. Jenny says:

    What do you think about http://www.wegwerf-email.net/ ???

  3. Rick Fran says:

    This is one that we use http://www.emailthe.net thanks for a great articale

  4. Jim says:

    http://www.trashmail.ws/ – Easy & No Signup !

  1. anonymous says:

    You can use temorary emails from http://www.mytrashmail.com to protect your email address.

    No login needed, just use any email address with the ending “@trash2009.com”