Back in 2007 I re-published a list of 20 temporary email services which proved to be useful to a lot of people. As time passed by, some of the services mentioned in the list stopped working, either because they have been pulled by their developers, or changed their business model.
I was reminded of this by some readers who commented on the recently published article on how to use disposable email services like a professional.
Today, I'm publishing an updated list of disposable email providers and programs that you can use for that purpose.
Keep in mind though that availability may change at any point in time after the guide has been posted, and that I have not included any commercial services.
The first table lists the service's name, whether it can be used without registration, if it supports SSL, and if it supports mail forwarding.
The following table lists information on the lifespan of emails on the service's servers, whether deletion and alternative domains are supported, and if there are other features worth of note.
|10 Minute Mail||yes||no||yes||no|
|20 Minute Mail||yes||optional||no||optional|
|Easy Trash Mail||no||email address||no||yes|
|Fake Mail Generator||yes||no||no||no|
|My Trash Mail||no||optional||no||optional|
|Now My Mail||yes||no||no||no|
|Tempo Email||no||email address||no||yes|
|10 Minute Mail||10 minutes||no||no|
|20 Minute Mail||20 minutes||no||no||RSS|
|33Email||unknown||block||no||custom domains, premium|
|Easy Trash Mail||varies||no||no|
|Fake Mail Generator||24hours||no||yes|
|Guerrillamail||1 hour||yes||no||Compose, Android app|
|Inbox Alias||no end date||block||no||Send Email|
|Incognito Mail||60 minutes||yes||no||RSS|
|Jetable||up to 1 month||no||no|
|Mailinator||few hours||yes||yes||RSS, premium|
|My Trash Mail||30 days||yes||sometimes||RSS|
|Now My Mail||1 hour||yes||no|
|Spam Gourmet||x messages||yes||no|
|Spamex||no end date||yes||no||not free|
|Tempo Email||1 month||no||no|
|Trashmail||up to 1 month||yes||yes||premium|
These disposable email services can be used right away, without registration or the revealing of one of your legit email addresses.
These services require you to enter a working email address where all temporary emails are forwarded to.
It is necessary to create an account before any of the services in this group can be used. This usually involves adding at least one legit email address to the account.
Add-ons and extensions improve how you create and access disposable emails. Here is a small selection of extensions that you may find useful.
Disposable email services are not the only options that you have to hide your email addresses when signing-up for services on the Internet. You can naturally create a second account at Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or other email providers to use that account for all registrations on the Internet. It is usually possible to either forward all messages to another inbox, or create filters so that only select messages are forwarded automatically.
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