As you may have guessed, a temporary email address is not permanent. The email address will be valid for a certain period of time, say only for a day, and then you have to recreate another one.
Even the messages received in a temporary address will be removed after some time. In other words, these email IDs are disposable. You use these email addresses for something, and once you are done with your task, you move on — the email ID will be deleted automatically.’
Why Use Temporary Email IDs?
Registering to a new website or forum with your primary email address may not be risky always. Some of us, however, prefer not to give out our primary IDs. In such cases, you can use temporary email address.
Some of the sites tend to send promotional messages and spams. Some of them can register us with daily newsletter or throw a deal at us, which can be downright annoying. So a lot of people, including myself, have disposable electronic mail address to battle spam and promotional message.
Also, there are Internet spam bots and email harvesting programs which searches the web to mine email addresses. And if our primary ID gets caught under its net, you can expect influx of irrelevant messages in your inbox.
Benefits of Disposable Email Addresses:
The common advantages of having a disposable address is as follows:
#1. You don’t have to register to create your own temporary email ID.
#2. You can register to any website using this fake ID, and thus protect your primary email address.
#3. The messages in your temporary mail ID will be automatically deleted after a certain period of time.
#4. You can check mails instantly — this is useful when you receive activation message after registering at a forum. Read More.
There are too many sites offering temporary address at no charge. You can get multiple temporary IDs in a matter of seconds. That said, here are my top selections of sites offering free disposable addresses:
Mint Email – Provides temporary email address for four hours. Apart from instant notification feature, they also have automatic email verification which means you no longer have to click on the URL link (activation message) for verification.
Mailinator – A popular temporary email service, mailinator is designed to work in your favors. Note that anyone can see access your fake mailinator ID.
Email Bugmenot – Another instant disposable email service. All your emails will be deleted within 24 hours.
Jetable – You can also forward messages from temporary ID to your primary email account. There is also a Firefox addon (which can be downloaded from here) making things easier to momentarily create an email ID.
Spam box – Another top temporary e-mail address service which generates a @spambox.us address. You have the freedom to set the life span of emails received!
Lite drop – Provides disposable e-mail addresses which expires after 60 minutes. The site also offers the option to verify activation links that may reside in your inbox.
Guerilla mail – Works same as Litedrop, although the email ID will be deleted in 15 minutes.
Update: Last two sites are no longer working.
You can also create a permanent email address at Yahoo!, Gmail or Lycos (offers 3GB file storage too) and use it to protect your online privacy. Over to you: Which sites do you use? What do you think is the best temporary email provider out there? If I have missed any noteworthy site, please let me know through your comments below!