Why do we need a temporary disposable email?
First of all, what comes to your mind when you read the title of this blog post? A temporary disposable email that lasts only 10 minutes? Why do you need a temporary mail? Well, almost every service online requires an email to sign up for. And not all of those services are the ones you trust.
Most of the times, you just need an email for the sake of going through the pop-up or the sign-up form. Furthermore, you cannot use a fake email. You need a real one to verify yourself. Again, this verification is done using that email you provided them with.
It usually involves you clicking on a confirmation link that’s sent to you via that email address. But the problem here is that, sometimes, that web service you signed up for, will sell your email address to companies that will in turn send you lots of junk mails. So, today I will show you how to create a temporary mail to sign up for such services securely and prevent your inbox from being flooded with junk mails.
Benefits of temporary disposable email
- If you are looking for some critical information and it is mandatory to provide your email, you don’t trust the source website and do not want to put your real email, use temporary email services.
- When you need to register one time for a specific download
- Using temporary email means you stay anonymous as you don’t enter any contact information
- You can use basic email features like draft, send, compose email
- You stay away from junk emails
Random Email Generator – 10 minute email
Let’s have a look at one such service, 10 minute mail. You can guess it, the mail lasts for only 10 minutes and then it doesn’t exist anymore. This is a very easy to use service and does not have a lengthy sign up process. Let’s have a look at how this works.
Understanding 10 minute email
Go to 10 minute mail.
The landing page will show you your temporary mail right up front. This also shows you the 2 options to the right
- Copying the email address to the clipboard
- Extending the time of expiry
The counter here shows when the email will expire. If you wish to extend this, you can extend the expiration by 10 more minutes.
Using 10 minute mail inbox
Let’s scroll down a bit to have a look at the inbox. It shows you have 0 message(s) initially, as you have not received any emails yet. Let us try to test this service. We will sign up for glassdoor.com which requires an email to create an account. (Please note, we are just using glassdoor sign up just to test the service here. You can test it for any online service you like). Use the temporary address shown on the screen to sign up at glassdoor.
After you sign up, Glassdoor will send you an activation link on this email to verify your account. You can receive all mails on this temporary mail until it expires.
You can see an activation message from Glassdoor on screen. Click to open it and read the mail as you do for other mail systems. You can see “Activate Account” button in the mail body which can seamlessly verify your email.
Moreover, you can also forward or reply to this email you have received. That’s it and you are done. This is enough for you to explore all the services on glassdoor as a registered user. You can already sense how easy and effective this service is. No sign up, no filling of lengthy forms, totally secure, no disclosing of your original email, no spam in your original inbox.
This is just one of the temporary disposable email service which is great to use when you do not want to give away your real one.
Disposable Email services
There are similar random email generator services out there which are free.
Guerrilla Mail gives you a disposable email address. You can give your email address to whomever you don’t trust.
The Public Mailinator site is a different kind of email service. The biggest difference is that you don’t need to sign up. Any email name you can think of already exists @mailinator.com and you can use any of them.
Getairmail is a random email address generator to generate tons of disposable or fake email addresses for free.
ThrowAwayMail.com is a disposable email address service. When you visit ThrowAwayMail.com a new email address is generated just for you. The generated email address can immediately receive email.
YOPmail’s free, quick and feature rich service guards you against spam, phishing and other online abuses. Protect your actual email, instead use YOPmail’s disposable one to sign-up wherever you want. YOPmail creates temporary inboxes of your choice instantaneously.
I encourage you to try these out and use the one you like at your own comfort.
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