How to use disposable email services like a Pro

Martin Brinkmann
May 29, 2012
Updated • Dec 26, 2012

Disposable email services are great for a number of purposes on the Internet. Probably the core use is for registration purposes on the Internet. Some sites block access to the services or contents they offer to guests, effectively forcing users to register to access the contents. While it may sometimes be possible to use a service like Bug Me Not for that purpose, you more often than not come up empty and need to register.

You may have your reasons for not revealing one of your own email addresses, from the fear of it being sold off by the site operators to being flooded with spam or being associated with the site. That's where temporary email addresses come into play. Here are some tips to make the most out of those email services.

1. Know your services

While it is often enough to know one temporary email service, you will notice that a lot of websites block certain popular choices, forcing you to use a different provider.  I suggest you check out our list of 20 temporary email services as a starting point.

You can alternative run a search for those email services to find additional services that are not listed on that page yet.

2. Banned? Here are some options

You will eventually come upon sites that have banned several of the popular temporary email services, maybe even most of them. This can be a frustrating experience if you need to access the site's contents at that very moment. What most site operators have not done however is ban the alternate domains that some providers ship with.

If you visit the Yopmail website for instance, you will notice a list of ten alternative domains that you can use instead of Usernames share the same mailbox, which means that you can use [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] to register an account on the Internet.

yopmail temporary emails

Tempinbox is also making available additional domains for you to use.

3. Browser extensions

Add-ons like Bloody Vikings for the Firefox web browser support one or multiple disposable email services. The Firefox add-on for instance supports more than ten different disposable email services. It furthermore optimizes the registration process by automatically opening the selected service in a background tab so that you can check the verification email right away there.


Another feature that browser extensions may provide you with are a history feature to access previously registered email addresses again.

4. Deleting emails

I personally prefer temporary email services that let you delete emails once you have read them. The reason behind this is simple: other users of the service who happen to enter the same username will see all previous messages, up to the point when they are deleted by the provider. It is then possible for them to access the account by requesting a new password, which conveniently will arrive in the mailbox they are currently accessing , giving them full control over the account.

If you delete your messages afterwards, you improve the account safety significantly. I would not suggest to use personally identifiable information on the sites you register accounts with, but if you do, you should make sure to hide the email address from public view on the site, to block notifications from being send to the email, and to delete emails whenever you have accessed them.

5. Your own private email

Instead of using a temporary email service, you can alternative create a new email address at a service that lets you do that without phone verification. While some providers like Gmail force you to verify the account before you can use it, others like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail do not.

While you will spend more time setting the email address up, you can be sure that you are the only one with access to it. Another benefit of this approach is that it is less likely that free email providers like Hotmail or Yahoo Mail are blocked by websites.

Closing Words

Disposable email services are excellent when it comes to forced registrations on the Internet. Feel free to post your tips in the comments.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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