Disposable email addresses provide you with convenient access to a temporary email address that they can use to register to services on the Internet without having to think about protecting their main email address from spam.
It is basically a throwaway email address that you use for that single purpose. While most Internet services are legit and do not sell the email addresses of users who sign up for their services, some do sell them. And successful security breaches and hacks may give third-parties access to your email address even if the company does not sell it or give it away.
Once an email address is on a spam list it is close to impossible to prevent spam from arriving in the mail inbox.
Disposable email addresses can be created at a wide variety of services. Yopmail is one of the newer services, but already one of the better ones. The disposable email address service does not require a signup and provides access to any email address in the form @yopmail.com, plus additional domains that you find listed on the start page.
Tip: Some Internet services block disposable email addresses, so that you cannot use them to sign up. Chance is good though that Yopmail's additional domains are not blocked, which means that you can use them to sign up even if the core Yopmail address is blocked.
A user who wants to signup for a service that requires an email address - maybe for verification - can select any desired username, for example [email protected] directly without initial setup.
You can then check the address on Yopmail by entering the username on the frontpage of the service. You can alternatively check any name directly by loading http://www.yopmail.com?name-of-your-inbox directly in your browser of choice. Replace name-of-your-inbox with the username that you want to look up.
Note that addresses are not protected, which means that anyone who enters the selected name may check all emails that address has received.
Emails that are listed under the email account can be read and deleted. There is no way of answering an email using the disposable email address service. Mails will stay for a period of five days in the account unless they are deleted in that time by a user.
Yopmail provides a plugin for Internet Explorer, an add-on for Firefox and a widget for Opera which should please the majority of Internet users. Many other disposable email services display the emails as text messages only. Yopmail can switch to HTML emails and display the mail headers as well which is great for analyzing the contents.
Another interesting option is the ability to forward mails to another email account. That comes in handy if the email contains account specific information like usernames, passwords or security questions.
Each Yopmail inbox has a unique alias that is generated automatically by the service. You can use it to look up your inbox. Say, you select [email protected] as your email address as it is easy to remember. Yopmail generates a unique address as soon as you create the example email. If you use the alias to sign-up on websites, you can still use the example user name to look up emails. Anyone else checking the example email address won't see emails sent to the alias.
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