It is sometimes a good idea to avoid sharing your personal email address with websites, services and contacts if you suspect spam or want to keep your privacy. Temporary email services offer one of the best ways for that, especially if the email address needs to be used only once for instance to signup to a website or service.
It usually works by visiting the website of the temporary email service to create a disposable email address there. Some services use catch-all email address which means it is possible to enter any email address on the website that requires one which removes the need to visit the website of the temporary email address service first. Yopmail comes to mind making it comfortable to the user of the service.
Bloody Vikings, a Firefox add-on, takes the concept a step further as it can be used to create a temporary email address on the fly directly from the context menu. Even better, the add-on launches the website of the disposable email service directly with the right email address entered so that the inbox can be checked instantly.
All it takes is to clicks to generate a temporary email address, add it to the form on the website and launch the inbox of the generated temporary email address at the provider's website.
Bloody Vikings uses the temporary email provider 10minutemail exclusively which can be used without signup or other form of verification.
The Firefox add-on is compatible with all Firefox 3 and Firefox 4 releases. It can be directly installed from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.
Update: Bloody Vikings is now supporting a variety of throwaway email services. The Firefox add-on lists ten different disposable email services.
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