Tired of using your valid email accounts for registration in various web sites? Maybe it’s just a message board you want to read one time only and from which you don’t want to be saddled with a lifetime of spam.
The convention is just to sign up for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or other free web based email providers. The catch is their registration policies ask you for a ton of personal information, and not so recently they’ve even gone further into requiring new sign-ups to give up your mobile phone number for verification purposes.
You can go around this by opting for a disposable or temporary email instead. This is where services like the 10 Minute Mail! come in.
It is free! It gives you an email address that vanishes after 10 minutes. There’s no registration, no verification. Just click over to the site and hit “Get my 10 Minute Mail e-mail address.” You’ll instantly be given an address that ceases to exist after 10 minutes. You can then use this address in filling out web forms or whatnot, and a very simple web-based interface gives you full access to any mail the account receives. You can reply to any messages, but you can’t send mail to an account that hasn’t already emailed you. If you can’t get the job done in 10 minutes, you can reset the timer to 10 minutes at any time.
Thanks josabz! just helping spread the word one post at a time.. . hehehe.
If the link above for creating disposable and temporary emails no longer works, there are alternatives. I’ve found similar services listed below. These mailboxes can last indefinitely, or from hours up to days.
The caveat is that some sites do try to detect and reject disposable emails from these email services. It might not work all the time.
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