Disposable email services are a great way of not revealing a personal email account during account signups on the Internet.
Many Internet services (and some computer programs as well) require that you register an account before the service can be used.
Some of these web services may sell collected data to other companies or use the data for unsolicited emails or outright spam. That's a problem especially since it is nearly impossible to stop spam from reaching your inbox once it has started to trickle in.
Disposable email address services are a solution to the problem. Users who want to signup for a service use one of the freely available disposable email address services to do so instead of their own email address.
It is a temporary email address that is used to communicate with the website or service in question. This means that all communication, and that includes spam, lands in the disposable email address' inbox . Most services of this kind delete email addresses that have been created regularly to block incoming spam.
Thrashmail.net uses a slightly different system. The service forwards incoming emails to another email address. Many disposable email address services offer an inbox on their website which removes the requirement of having to reveal another email address at all.
The life span of the email address and the number of forwards can be specified on the website. The Firefox add-on for the service adds lots of comfortable options to it. The add-on can be used to create new Trashmail.net email addresses and to manage previously created email addresses.
The settings are highly configurable and offer all options that are listed on the official Trashmail website. They include a prefix for new email accounts, the lifespan, forwards and options to enable a response system that filters incoming email messages using a captcha.
A new context menu entry is added by the add-on that can be used to add a new disposable email address to a web form. The manager displays an overview of all email addresses that have been created by the add-on. This is one of the best ways to keep track of previously used disposable email addresses.
The Firefox add-on can be downloaded from the Mozilla website.
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