26
Jun
07

Disposable email addresses – my review

I posted, a little while back, about disposable email addresses , namely Guerrilla Mail. Here is my big list of other disposable/temporary email services – very useful for getting access to some sites that want you to supply and validate an email address and you don’t want to give them your real one. I am sure there are many others, let me know what you find out there.

I have tried them all and rated how I find them, others may think differently. Starting with my favourite.


Guerrilla Mail provides you with disposable e-mail addresses which expire after 15 Minutes. You can read and reply to e-mails that are sent to the temporary e-mail address within the given time frame. Need an extra 15 minutes, just click the “Give me 15 minutes more” button. Simple and well done.
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2Prong is very similar to Mailinator and all others but is improved by the programmer adding two features; 2Prong changes the domain weekly in order to prevent the address from being banned, a problem for some other disposable email services., and an interface that doesn’t require you to do any logging in or use the refresh button. Equal to Guerilla for me.
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mailinator
Mailinator offers temp email addresses, to create an account just send an email to it. Mailinator does not assign you an email address and you don’t even need to go to Mailinator before you use it. You choose any email address you want (@mailinator.com of course) anytime you want. Give it out first, then go to Mailinator and check it second. No passwords so anyone can type in the address and see the mail. You can receive you mail via RSS. The mail lasts a couple of hours. This is the original temp email site, the one that started it all.
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mytrashmail
MyTrashMail is good temporary mail service that gives you a mailbox in the address format e.g. some123@trashymail.com. Much the same as Mailinator. Mail is kept for 12hour to 30days. It’ s a little slow as they say they are running on the servers limits and processing over 10 million emails a day.
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SpamBox With this service you can create a temporary e-mail address that will forward all incoming mail to your usual e-mail address. Simply enter your e-mail address and the life time of your spambox and Spambox will generate you a temporary @spambox.us e-mail. Mail lasts 30minutes to 1 year! Seems to work well plus it is available in many languages.
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dodgeit.com

Dodgeit provides throwaway address, for example, “myaddress@dodgeit.com”, then you can check inbox from homepage, which is very neat almost Google like, or subscribe to RSS feed to keep an eye on it. Not recommended as I usually can’t even connect (error Too Many Connections)
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mailexpire
MailExpire system allows you to create a free email alias for yourself. For a period that you choose, from 12 hours to 3 months, anything sent to this email alias will be passed on to you at your actual email address. Works well if the forwarding thing is what you need.
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BugMeNot Email – use when forced to register for a site often you’ll need to provide an email address to receive a ‘verification’ link. Mail is kept for a maximum of 24 hours. Much the same as Mailinator (well most are the same really! ). I guess you use this when the main BugMeNot doesn’t help you.
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SpamMotel requires registration, provides mail forwarding, mail can be accessed through desktop e-mail clients, can reply to e-mail from your real e-mail address using SpamMotel e-mail. I guess a real spam solution but not what I would use, more for addresses that will not be so temporary.
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Jetable again provides you with a temporary email address. Just type in your real email address, choose the time you want the temp to last and Jetable then makes a temporary address for you. As soon as it is created, all the emails sent to this address are forwarded to your actual email address. Your antispam address will be deactivated as soon as the selected lifespan will expire which is1 hour to 1 month. Another service available with multi-languages. Jetable.org is not an anonymous email service: email headers are not modified and they keep the logs of this service ( a lot of these services do ).
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Dontreg is nice and neat and much like a version of Mailinator with a nice web2.0 logo :) If a site requests your email address and you do not wish to give it, you simply type a @dontreg.com mail, for example: john.smith@dontreg.com then go to the DontReg site, type the name of the used mailbox and read your mail. Mail lasts 1 to 2 days and they say they keep no records after the mail has been deleted.
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Gish Puppy (strange name) offers disposable email addresses that automatically forward messages to your normal email account. You then create a different GishPuppy email everytime you register on the web, and individually cancel them whenever you want.
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PookMail.com

PookMail.com is a disposable email account system. Use PookMail.com to avoid giving your personal email address to suspicious websites. They say it is anonymous and all emails are deleted after 24 hours. A 256KB limit on email size but these services are not about file sharing anyway. It looks basic but works just like the others.
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10 Minute Mail offers a temporary e-mail address. You just click the Get Me an Address and it makes one like mail3131863@gorillaswithdirtyarmpits.com is your temporary email address. Your e-mail address will expire in 10 minutes, just like the name suggests. But if you need more time you can click on the “Give me 10 more minutes!” button. You can reply to the mail which in’t available on all of these services.
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Temp Inbox is like all the others. You pick a disposable e-mail address (that ends with @tempinbox.com), then check your mail via the tempinbox site. You can also receive the emails via RSS. They don’t say how long the mail is kept but I am guessing less than 24 hours. This service has the most translated languages..Burmese anyone?
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Thanks to Snoskred, Duncan, Crespo, Becca, Patrick, Homemom, Andy, Vincentia, Nirmal and Colin Campbell for recent comments in previous posts.


19 Responses to “Disposable email addresses – my review”


  1. June 28, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Great post GC – I have used 2prong but had no idea there were so many of these available. Have to go and watch heroes now but will be back to read in more detail. Ratings and everything – you have done all the hard work for us.

  2. June 29, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Thanks Coach – this did take me a while and I did really try everyone of these services out.
    Pity it hasn’t got any comments (except yours of course) as I put a bit of effort into it.

  3. July 2, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Cool list, and a nice bit of work – I’ve used some of these in the past, and it’s always good to get second opinions.

    Added my stumble to yours-are your really 0 years old? ;-)

  4. 4 jez
    July 4, 2007 at 2:03 am

    spam.la has some great concept.

    you sign up at any service you need a spam email and enter e.g. “2312312@spam.la”, then after finishing the signup you go to spam.la and read it.

    only downside, for a short period of time everyone out there can read the mail…

    btw. I started releasing my themes goldcaster!

  5. July 4, 2007 at 8:45 am

    thanks Jez, I’ll have a look.

  6. July 9, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for the informative list, a very good resource indeed.

  7. July 9, 2007 at 10:53 am

    thanks for the comment, betshopboy.

  8. July 11, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Hey, that list was really helpfull to me when I was going to create a disposible e-mail to use when spreading my (disposible)e-mail around on annoying sites that ask you for your e-mail.
    Thanks! :mrgreen:

  9. August 11, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    nice… i need this disposable emails for signing to opt-ins, and see what’s inside. I currently have to put jumbled up email addresses like abfdsafs@fsd.com, but some of these sites check if the email address is valid.

  10. 10 carstenpunk
    November 21, 2007 at 9:54 am

    If i use any of this services can the website i mail to still find my ip nr?

  11. November 21, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Read up on it at the mail sites, carstenpunk. They will tell you.

  12. 12 Jerry
    December 6, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Just to add to the list above also check out http://www.cosmorph.com free 15 minute disposable email account service.

  13. 14 George
    October 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Thanks. I love this great review of free temporary email services. some of these you can even reply to and some are anonymous email services.

  14. May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    try trashmail.ws

  15. November 17, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for a really good list this is a really good Disposable email site that we use http://www.emailthe.net the main reason is its easy to use,free and very fast.

    emailthe.net offers the abilty to stop spam from reaching your business and personal emails from day one,as we are all aware spam is the horrible part of cyberspace but it can be a thing of the past.

    Give it a try and see for yourself and then Bookmark it for further use.


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