beginners guide to disposable email addresses.
A disposable email address is something you'd use when you don't want to give away your real email address.
There are many reasons why you'd not want to give out your real information, chiefly that you just don't trust the website you're trying to access.
Far too often, websites collect email addresses & other details about you, simply to spam your inbox, or to sell that information on to others that will.
Disposable or temporary email addresses are email addresses that you can use instead of your normal or real email address when you don't want to give that information away.
when to use a disposable email address.
You'd use a disposable email address whenever your in a position that you have to supply an email address to proceed with a website or web service, but you either don't trust that site or you'd rather stay anonymous.
Websites gather a lot of information about you and can sell that data on to other parties, which will then use that data.
But you have to be careful. Disposable or temporary email addresses are exactly that, they are meant to be temporary. And they aren't strictly private. You won't need to enter a password to view the messages. And neither does anyone else.
So generally you'd only use them for sites or services where you wouldn't be expecting to receive any messages, certainly not private or confidential emails.
Depending on which disposable email service you use, the email address could expire after as little as 1 hour.
Disposable email sites are perfect for what they were designed for, keeping your identity private. Preventing dodgy websites from overloading your Inbox with spam/junk mail.
Never use disposable email addresses for any website or service where you're creating a real account using your real details.
Never use them for any type of financial site or service.
how do disposable emails work?
Disposable email services work by generating a random email address that you can use.
That new email address is complete, it works instantly, anyone can send messages to it, just like your real email address. You can test it out for yourself.
Generally, you can receive messages into an inbox, and often you can even send or reply to emails too.
It's important that you can receive emails because many websites will send a "Verification Email" to the address you supply. That will require you to be able to read the email and then click a link within the message.
Guerrilla Mail is a disposable email service that works really well. But the user interface is not the easiest for the beginner to use. It's not difficult, once you get used to it, so we'll walk through it step by step.
As soon as you arrive at Guerrilla Mail, you're looking at your email inbox. There's no setting up, no accounts to sign in to, no nothing. Your new disposable email address has been created instantly, and you can see your inbox.
My best advice here is to bookmark this page. Add it to your favourites, so that you can get back here.
Seriously, bookmark it, do it now.
The email address is randomly generated by their computers and will probably be difficult to remember.
So in order to use it, it's easier to copy and paste it.
Left-click once to select the address. It'll become highlighted.
You've now copied your new disposable email address to your computer's clipboard.
Now you can pop on over to that annoying website that's demanding an email address before they'll let you in and simply Paste your new email into the appropriate box.
Or while you're here at it, why not try sending a test email message to your new address from your regular one. Just to check it works.
verifying an email address-disposable email addresses.
In the old days, you could simply "make up" an email address on the fly. Just invent something in your head and type it in.
That doesn't work anymore because websites will most often send a verification email to the email address that you've given them.
This verification message will require you to click on a link inside the message, thereby confirming that the email address is genuine and that you have access to it.
The one thing that really annoys your local spammer is a "dead" email address. All that effort for nothing.
Any emails that you receive to your Guerrilla Mail address will appear in your Inbox.
To read or reply to any of them, just click on them, the same as you would with regular email.
If it's a verification email, simply click on the included link, just as you might do in your real email service.
With Guerrilla Mail, your disposable email address doesn't expire. It stays "live" for as long as you want it. Which means you could use it for weeks or even months.
The emails that you receive do expire though. The email messages will only stay in your inbox for around 1 hour. After that, they'll be deleted. Whether you've read them or not, after an hour, they're gone.
So you'll have to be pretty sharp when you're expecting an email.
email on deck - temporary email addresses.
Email On Deck is another disposable/temporary email service that you might like to try.
Some websites are getting a little more savvy when it comes to detecting disposable email addresses.
Email On Deck prides itself on fooling even the most determined websites.
And then you may need to solve one of those annoying puzzles. You know the ones, "Tick the boxes with traffic lights" or "Tick the squares with bicycles".
Apparently, only humans can do these, but I can't. At least not first time. Hmm
And you're in.
Right at the top of the page is your new temporary email address.
Just as with Guerrilla Mail above, the easiest way to use it is to Copy & Paste it.
When you're using Email On Deck as your temporary email service, this is where you'd want to make a bookmark or add to favourites.
New email messages will appear in your Email On Deck inbox.
And just like with a regular email service, you simply click on a message to view it.
Email On Deck addresses do expire. They don't give a precise time on their website for how long the address will last for. But you should get at least an hour.
privacy & security with disposable email address servies.
There's something else you should be aware of. When you came here, you weren't asked for a password or anything like that, right.
Well, the same is true for everyone else. Which means your emails aren't necessarily private. So it wouldn't be a good idea to use this email address like your normal one.
While disposable email websites do make efforts to keep your emails private, they are limited as to what they can do.
To properly secure your emails, it would be necessary for you to create an account, with all the usual data and passwords etc.
But the whole point of disposable/temporary emails is that you don't go through all that registration stuff. They're quick, drop-in, grab an address and clear off.
Never ever use disposable email addresses to sign into or create accounts with websites that hold any personal details about you.
You should always assume that messages received into your temporary email inbox can be read by others.
Used properly, disposable or temporary email services are fine. They really can help to protect your identity and privacy.
The two services I've covered above are by no means the only ones out there on the 'net. With all of them, I'd advise reading through the FAQ pages so you know what to expect.
Also, especially if you're new to using disposable email addresses, try sending a few test emails from your regular email service to your temporary address, just to see how it works.