Grab a free disposable email address

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For access to lots of online services, or to post to many blogs, you've got to register and supply an email address. If you already get enough email spam, you probably aren't in the market to add to that total. That means that in many cases what you need is a "disposable" email address. These are real email addresses that you use once—maybe to register for a service like this—and then never use again.

10 Minute Mail is a free service that lets you do just that. Just go to their site, click on the "Get my 10 Minute Mail e-mail address" link, and you've got an email address that will be valid for exactly ten minutes. That should be enough time for you to use to sign up for the service you're joining, receive the confirming email back to you, and to finally send the "yes, it's really me" message back to the website. And then the address just goes away. If you know you're going to type slowly, you can add an additional ten minutes to the life of the email account, but the point is this: once you've used it, you don't have to worry about it any more, and you won't add the to burden of your email spam filter by receiving that much more "stuff" from your new best friend.

10 Minute Email is a free online service, and should be compatible with most recent web browsers.

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7 Responses to “Grab a free disposable email address”

  1. Traciatim says:

    Why don’t you just create a real e-mail account that you give to people you physically meet, and then have a spam account that you use to sign up for thing. Get tired of spam? Close the account and start again.

  2. Cindy says:

    I think you missed the point.

  3. Renegade says:

    Thanks! Appreciate this golden tip!!

  4. Slubek says:

    In mailinator.com you don’t need to create an account. Even for 10 minutes. :^)

  5. Liam K. says:

    Although you have to register, I’ve never been dissatisfied with spamgourmet.com. They have all kinds of nifty features.

  6. Mike W says:

    A number of sites are already filtering these temporary email addresses and will not allow you to sign up with one. I’ve seen it at several sites already.

  7. Devon says:

    Thanks for the write-up! I’m really glad people find the site useful!

    @Traciatim: the advantage (for some people) of a temporary account, is that you never have to open any inbox to find it filled with spam. You use it and forget it.

    @Slubek: mailinator is another good option as well. The primary differentiator is security. With mailinator anyone can see your mail, use your registration e-mail, etc….

    @Liam: another good player in this space!

    @Mike: yes, this is always a problem. 10MinuteMail rotates domains every couple of months, but some sites are very vigilant about it.