Reluctant to put your email address away? Here’s how to produce a disposable email
Services such as Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix offer limited-time test runs of their services, but if you’re determined enough, it doesn’t have to stop there. In fact, you can theoretically continue maintaining the services for free by using a different email address after the trial period expires. Retailers — both online and offline — also tend to demand an email address in order to take advantage of their offers, but that can lead to emails that you don’t want — and spam today is more dangerous than ever. The strongest solution to these problems is to create disposable email addresses. There are a few specific ways to make them, but we have our favorite methods.
USE THE GMAIL CUSTOMIZED EMAILS TRICK
Although Google doesn’t have its own disposable email service, Gmail offers the capability to create customized emails that you can then throw away when you don’t need them anymore. If Google’s own ad features aren’t taking care of the problem, here’s how to handle this tool.
Step 1: When asked to input your email on a service you’d rather not put your proper address to, type it in as normal, but end your email address with a specific tag — in this example, we used “+unwantedemail.gmail.com” (the plus sign is useful here, but not necessary). That means, when you receive an email from that service or company, it will have that additional moniker attached to it.
Emails sent to that address will show up in your inbox alongside all of the others, but with that specific tag on the end of the address, they are very easy to eliminate or block entirely.
Step 2: Once you’re done receiving email to that different address, you can set up a Gmail filter to make sure that it automatically deletes any emails coming through to that address. To do so, type your particular “+” tag in the search box at the top of your inbox and click the arrow on the right-hand side. Then put that tag into the “From” psection of the filter form and click “Create filter with this search.”
Step 3: With the following page, tick the “Delete it” box and click “Create Filter.” You’ll no longer see any emails come through to that specific address.
If you’re not a Gmail user or would just rather set up a brand-new disposable email each time you need one, there are also plenty of stand-alone apps and services that do just that. Our choice is 10 minutes. It’s effective and easy to use and although very accessible, has a layer of obfuscation that keeps your emails away from the rest of the site’s users without the need for an account or login information.
Step 1: Head with the 10 minutes homepage.
Step 2: Take a name for your disposable email address and type it into the box labeled “view-this-mailbox.” It can be anything you prefer, but make it memorable so it’s easy to come back to. When fit, click the “Go” button.
You’ll then be drawn to your inbox, which will be empty if no one has ever used that address before. However, if you need a common one like [email protected]10 minutes.cc, then you’ll find it already filled with the 10 most recent emails sent to that address.
Step 3: Manage your 10 minutes email address whenever you don’t want to give out your real one and any email sent to that address will go straight to your 10 minutes inbox.
Note: If you wish to make sure that only you can see your 10 minutes emails, use the “Alias address” instead. You’ll discover it in the bottom-left of your 10 minutes inbox, and it will appear as a string of letters and numbers @10 minutes.cc. Emails sent to that address will nevertheless go to the same inbox, but they can’t be viewed without knowing the original address.
If you don’t like the look and feel of 10 minutes, we can still recommend Tempemail.co, 10 Minute Mail, or Fake Mail Generator.