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FREE THINGS ONLINE: Love Subscription services but Hate spam?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Love Subscription services but Hate spam?

Do you receive lots of junk email messages from subscription services you never registered from? It's no surprise if you do. As more people use email, marketers are increasingly using email messages to pitch their products and services. Some consumers find unsolicited commercial email - also known as "spam" - annoying and time consuming; others have lost money to bogus offers that arrived in their email in-box. They are some situation where you would really love to subscribe to a website in order to get a\particular software or some particular content and you have to enter an email address in order to receive the download link but you knew its going to be nothing but spam after entering your address? Am sure if you spend some time online you will probably run into a few of these scenarios. You simply can't be that careless with your personal email address. So what’s the solution?

Mailinator ( is the answer. Mailinatoris an instant temporary (disposable) or on demand email. You don't need to sign-up that means no authentication zero configuration. You just make it up on the spot. For example ihatespam@mailinator.comor you can choose any email address you want. Your email address is created when your email arrives into your temporary created account. Disadvantages you cant send an email but just receive and it such services do not completely solve your spam problem but can minimize and prevent silly mistakes of giving out your personal email address publicly or to some advertisement company. Take note your mailinator email account only lasts a few hours so it’s vital that you check your temporary email box ASAP. For more information regarding this service view the mailinator FQA which can be found here

Mailinator services was the one of the first of its kind, just recently before writing this article I took some time out to find more services like it. They seem to be tones of them now.

Here are some of the alternatives services.

Mailexpire is another services which provides disposable email addresses ( Exepect this time you can choose the period of time you would like to email address to exist. The service offers 12 hour periods up to 3 months at this current date 2/3/2007

  • DodgeIt- no registration required, provides RSS feeds, receive-only.
  • E4ward- requires registration, provides mail forwarding, allows multiple aliases of an account.
  • GreenSloth- no registration required, receive-only, e-mail expires automatically after a week.
  • KasMail- requires registration, allows up to 25 aliases, can set aliases to expire after a certain amount of time.
  • Jetable- provides mail forwarding, account autoexpires after certain amount of time.
  • MailNull- requires registration, provides mail forwarding.
  • PookMail- no registration required, very simple to use.
  • SneakeMail- requires registration, provides mail forwarding.
  • SpamDay- requires registration, provides mail forwarding, account is automatically destroyed after 24 hours.
  • SpamGourmet- requires registration, provides mail forwarding, can create custom aliases which automatically expire after a certain number of e-mails received.
  • •no registration and allows you to choose period till account expires. To date 2/3/2007 allows up to 1 year.



At February 17, 2007 at 1:15 AM , Blogger Brian Pipa said...

With mailinator, you can also subscribe to a mailbox's RSS feed - that way if you aren't able to check it in time, your RSS reader will have a copy of the email. I use bloglines, but any RSS reader will do.

At March 24, 2007 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spam box would be the best option for anyone who wants to retain their temporary account for longer durations.


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