Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Disposable Email

I've heard from a number of people that the reason they don't sign up at websites like Where's George is because they need to provide an email address, and that email address may then be used for spamming or be sold to spammers. Actually, as far as I can tell, Where's George has never sold email addresses but this is a valid concern at many other websites.

The solution? Disposable email addresses. Services like Spam Motel, Sneakemail, spamgourmet and EndJunk allow you to create as many forwarding addresses as you need and turn them off if you start getting spam through those. Of those, spamgourmet seems to offer the most control, including creating email addresses that automatically shut off after a certain number of messages. I use EndJunk myself for its simplicity.

Found two more of those services today. Spamhole creates email addresses that remain active only for the specific amount of time you choose.

Mailinator doesn't require a signup process at all. Just make up any Mailinator address you want. The downside is all accounts are essentially public. Anyone can take a look if they know what ID you have chosen. But if you use a hard-to-guess ID and if it's just to pick up one or two emails, that shouldn't be a problem.

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