Fed up with the surge of junk mail after searching for an insurance quote? Tired of being marketed at every time you have to enter your details into a website to get information? Say goodbye to all that with a temporary email address. They are easy to set up, simple to use and act as the perfect dumping ground for all that spam.
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Most websites, apps, trial periods and online services require an email address. They are part of the reason spam is still an issue some 30 years after email was first in popular use. Temporary email addresses enable you to take advantage of all these services without the deluge of spam you get after signing up to many of these kinds of services.
Create a temporary email address
Whatever your reasons, you can create a temporary email address in less than a minute. There are dozens of good websites that offer temporary email addresses or even more permanent ones. If you prefer to stick to what you know, you can always create an alias in your existing Gmail or Outlook account.
Some temporary email address providers include:
Other brands of temporary email address are also available. Each provides a viable email address for a single session or longer. They also offer the option of a few domain names and all are very simple to use. Here’s what to do.
- Visit your temporary email address provider of choice.
- Choose an email address from the selection.
- Use that email address to sign up for your offer or service.
- Monitor the email address in your browser and go from there.
What you need to know about temporary email addresses
Temporary email addresses are incredibly convenient and a great way to enjoy all the benefits of the internet without the junk that comes with it. However, these email addresses are not private, do not come with the same security that many mainstream email providers offer and will often only last a single session.
That means sharing any identifiable information within these email services puts your privacy at risk so be careful.
A useful alternative to temporary email addresses is the alias. You can use your usual provider, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or whatever and create a unique and disposable email address that is connected to your main address. That way you can filter the junk and keep your private email private.
- Sign into your email provider of choice, I’ll use Gmail for this example.
- Navigate to your account page and select Account.
- You should see an Alias section, click Add an alias.
- Add a word or name that you want to appear before @gmail.com.
- Click Save Changes.
Creating an alias is a slightly more permanent solution to avoiding spam. It may take a couple of hours for the server to create and assign the alias but it will be available permanently once it is ready for use.