Disposable E-Mail Addresses

Our almost-weekly technology tip comes, as always, from our IT superhero Thomas Gruber. Today's topic is so-called disposable e-mail addresses. There are a variety of uses for them, including using them to get free stuff online, such as e-books or free software. While we love taking advantage of free stuff, and thank the many people who make the products available, we are increasingly weary of giving our business e-mail addresses. One never knows if our e-mail addresses could be sold or otherwise used in ways we don't approve of. Plus, spam messages are likely to increase when downloading freeware, and we don't read spam -- we read books (clever, but it's not really our own line). One way around this is to simply get a free e-mail address (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) and use that one for non-essential messages. The better option is to get a disposable e-mail address, which are is only valid for a short period of time. Does it sound too good to be true? It's not. Thomas recommends 10-Minute Mail, Meltmail, and the hilariously titled SpamGourmet.


6 comments:

Leah on May 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM said...

Just came across your site.

Thank you very much for this wonderful idea and the links to service providers.

Tess Whitty on June 1, 2010 at 7:33 AM said...

Thanks for the tips! I so need this and will surely check these out.

Lithuanian translator on June 7, 2010 at 3:04 AM said...

Easy to loose track of such addresses. I prefer using web forms. A free service at emailmeform.com allows creating and including forms that allow uploading files that need to be translated - check out at my blog www.lithuaniantranslator.net/p/price-quotation.html. I get the files and the form content by email.

Another advantage is that I can track conversions.

CJ on June 11, 2010 at 7:06 AM said...

Good tips. Usage of them can be more effective with php form.

Andrew Emmett on June 15, 2010 at 4:47 AM said...

Hi,

I've subscribed to your blog for a while and enjoy following it.

I know I should be using disposable email addresses and thanks for the links to services.

I just wish I had started already, with the amount of rubbish I receive via email! Oh well.

Again enjoy the blog.

Best Regards

Guija Matías on June 22, 2010 at 6:23 AM said...

Very useful! Now I can read Financial Times articles so easily.

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