Remember that time when the media revealed that the NSA was able to read and access our email exchanges? Or how about when cyber-attackers hacked into online email platforms and exploited data and passwords? Unfortunately, both of these examples have raised cause fro concern over the level of privacy that exists with some online email services. If deleting your online email account isn’t a viable option then perhaps using a throwaway email address is.
Throwaway email addresses, or ephemeral email addresses, are emails that work temporarily. Users are able to send and receive email and then the address becomes obsolete. Super handy if you’re trying to trim down on SPAM and preserve your privacy. Here are a few services to check out if you’re in the market for disposable email solutions.
Mint Email has been around for quite some time (2007), but the best part about it is that it’s beyond simple to use. Just visit the site and receive a custom, temporary email address. Emails received are stored for three hours with an option to extend for longer.
Fake Mail Generator
Another easy to use disposable email address site is Fake Mail Generator. Custom create your own email address or let the service randomly select one for you. Your email address is good for 24-hours after the last time it’s access to check for incoming email and emails are stored for the same amount of time. Fake Email Generator can only be used to receive email (it cannot send). Important to note that your temporary email address needs to be kept private, otherwise anyone who knows it can access your inbox.
With open source service MailDrop you can let them provide you with a random disposable email address or you can tailor one for yourself. MailDrop uses a highly restrictive set of criteria to prevent SPAM and unwanted email from taking over. Acceptable emails are those that are less and 100k in size and your inbox can only hold 10 messages at a time. Similar to other throwaway email providers MailDrop deletes messages within 24-hours after the last check.
What are some of the disposable email address services that you’ve used? Share with us in the comments below.
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