What You Need to Know About temporary Email Addresses
Temporary email address services promise to eliminate spam while leaving good mail untouched. Here’s what you need to know to make disposable email deliver on that promise, and use throwaway aliases to your advantage.
If you hand out your email address, you might get spam back. As soon as you enter your email address in a form on the Web, you lose control of it. Most probably nothing bad will happen, but they may just as well use the address to spam you, or they hand it to spammers for a few bucks.
Get Spam, Throw Away Your Disposable Email Address
Disposable email address services take the idea of the web-based email account a step further. The problem is distributed to an unlimited number of disposable email addresses, and the deluge of spam can be controlled. How is this possible?
When you sign up for something on the Web with a disposable email address, you don’t use your real email address but an alias of it. Every alias is created specifically for a site or mailing list, and the disposable email address becomes associated with it.
By default, all aliases of your real email address forward any mail to that real address, just as if you had used your primary email address in the first place.
Use Disposable Email Addresses, Eliminate Spam
Either way offers a relatively simple, but very effective weapon against spam. If you are consistently and exclusively using disposable email addresses on web forms, in forums, on Usenet and in discussion groups, with your contacts and on your own Web site, I believe you can curb spam to an absolute minimum.