It seems like pretty much every website or app in existence wants you to register with your email address, and of course there’s a reason for that: they want to sell you stuff, one way or another. They want permission to send you messages promoting their newsletters, their current advertisements, their specials, and a dozen other things. You may want to get those emails; I know that I like it when Priceline sends me deals-of-the-day because it might spur a last-minute trip if there’s a cheap fare somewhere. But usually we just want to get signed up on the site. What do we do if we don’t want to give them our main email address?
One of the best ways to keep your identity secret is to use a temporary email service like Mailinator. Not only does it make it easy to send a truly anonymous email, but any temporary email service helps to provide disposable inboxes for junk you simply don’t need. Unfortunately, some service providers and retailers occasionally get wise and block certain domains. Mailinator is one of the most popular and widely-used temporary address sites, and so its domains often get blocked. If your current Mailinator domain is not being accepted when you’re trying to register for something, you do have other options. I’ve researched 15 alternatives to Mailinator that provide much the same service. In this article, I’ll review each one and tell you about their quirks and features.
Anonymous email providers come and go, and a few notable ones have shuffled off this mortal coil. All of the sites I have listed here are currently available and working as of January 2020. Each is free, only a couple require registration, and all offer disposal email within a minute. I consider any of them a viable alternative to Mailinator. Let’s dive into the list.
Guerrilla Mail is one of the best known disposable email providers around. It uses a session address that lasts as long as you keep that session open. Any emails received will automatically be deleted after an hour, though so make sure you won’t need it in the future. To reduce the chances of blacklisting, there are currently eleven domains to choose from, including the awesome @sharklasers.com.
10 Minute Mail is about as simple as it gets. A simple web page with a dynamically generated email address that lasts for ten minutes. While the time limitation might not work for every kind of service, it works well for insurance, free trials, and any websites that send instant verification emails.
Fake Mail Generator is another disposable email service, and it actively markets itself as a way to enjoy free Netflix trials forever. That may not be your reason for wanting a temporary email address, but it’ll work just fine for your own purposes, too. Fake Mail Generator has ten domains to choose from, and the site is extremely user-friendly.
Nada (formerly Getairmail) is another super simple way to get a disposable email address. Just visit the site and a current temporary address is automatically generated for your use. You can also create a new inbox just for yourself. Keep the session open to monitor your inbox and shut it down when you’re done. Nada has multiple domains, but it assigns you an address and a domain, you do not get to select the domain yourself. As with many of the sites on this list, it’s pretty straightforward.
MintEmail is another super simple address generator. The current address is shown in the top right of the screen with the option to customize it underneath. When you receive an email, it appears in the center inbox where you can verify it or ignore it as your needs dictate. It’s simple and effective!
Maildrop has a more sophisticated page from which to generate disposable email addresses, and it is a good alternative to Mailinator. Generate a prefix where prompted and it is ready to use. Monitor the inbox and do what you need to do. It works well, and while a few providers have apparently blacklisted the @maildrop.cc address, it works in the vast majority of instances.
YOPmail may have a website design from a decade ago, but despite that it works just fine. Generate a name on the left and click Check Inbox to access the junk mail that arrives. The site also has a plugin and widget if you happen to be a regular user of disposable email addresses, which is a nice touch. There’s even a chat service where you and other YOP users can connect.
Spamgourmet is another website that could use a redesign, but its services are functional. It has a no-brainer mode that does everything for you, and an advanced mode that offers better protection but needs a little input of your own. Either way, it’s easy to generate a temporary email address to save yourself from spam.
Harakirimail.com has a great web page and takes just a second to generate a fake email address. There is also a web plugin you can use if you’re a frequent user. Set a name, click the red envelope icon, and you’re away. Simple as that! The site also offers an iOS app should you want to use fake email while on the move, as well as extensions for the major browsers.
Tempr.Email is simple but effective. Create an email address, choose a domain, and check your inbox. That’s it. You can also randomly generate an email address or select your own domain. The process is simple and works very well, and it comes with a Firefox plugin should you require one. The service offers a couple dozen different domains to pick from, as well.
33Mail offers disposable email addresses, but also a bit more. You have to register to use it, but in return the site allows you to monitor inboxes for much longer and even forward email to your real email address, or another fake email address. You can even respond to emails anonymously, which is a neat trick.
Our final pick is one of the best-known temporary email services on the web today, and it’s well worth looking into. TempMail is a very simple address provider that has ten different domains to choose from. They also offer a VPN service, as well as a Chrome plugin for regular users. It’s easy to change your email when necessary, and the refreshing inbox keeps your messages coming in as soon as possible.
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