How often have you shared your email address publicly and later regretted when you start getting spam?
Spam, without a doubt, is a problem which we all face. Many a times we are asked for an email address to sign up for a newsletter or register at a forum and then we usually end up with getting our email address spammed. Mailinator, an email service, has a very unique approach to solving this problem.
What does it do ?
To put it simply, Mailinator provides you with a temporary, disposable email address. Users can also create email addresses on the fly. This means that there is no need to register beforehand. Just use an email address of the form of email@example.com and visit the website to check your inbox.
Needless to say, it’s not very secure to use Mailinator for sensitive information. Anyone can check your inbox as it does not require a password. But then, the site is not meant to be used as regular email service.
How does it reduce Spam ?
Very often, we need an email address to receive only a single email, such as a confirmation email for registering on a website or a forum. In case you have such a need, use any Mailinator email address and visit your inbox straightaway to receive the email. Once you are done with it you can simply choose to forget the email address, or use it the next time you require a temporary email address.
Before you use this service, do keep a few points in mind. As I have already mentioned, Mailinator does not require a password to view anyone’s inbox. So, it’s always a good idea to think of an unusual mailinator address and use it to prevent the inbox from being accessed by others. Moreover, emails received on the site are deleted after a period of time. All attachments and emails with size more than 120k are also deleted.
To use the service, think of any name (upto 25 characters) and use it with any of the following domains :
When you receive an email, you can read it by entering the email address in the “Check your inbox!” field on the website or by using the RSS field that Mailinator provides for all Inboxes.
There are a number of other alternatives available which offer similar service to that of Mailinator:
- myTrashMail.com : Offers similar functionality with the domain @mailmetrash.com and also lets you create secure password based accounts.
- 10 Minute Mail : Provides disposable email addresses that expire after 10 minutes. Time can be extended by 10 minutes each by clicking on the “Give me 10 more minutes” link on the website.
- Mailexpire : Lets you create email addresses and then forwards all emails received on this address to your regular address for a chosen period of time. Useful in cases where the user is not sure about when he will receive the expected mail.
- GuerrillaMail.com : Similar to 10MinuteMail except that the email address lasts for 60 minutes.
Mailinator is definitely a very good way to avoid spam that lets you use your “on the fly mailinator account” without any hassles of signing up and leave the task of eating all your spam to them.