One of the easiest ways to cut down on the amount of spam in your inbox is to create disposable e-mail addresses. When you sign up for a service, fill out a registration form, sign up for a mailing list, or purchase something online, you are required to provide an e-mail address. By using disposable e-mail addresses, you reduce of risk of flooding your inbox with more spam. When a disposable e-mail address starts to collect too much spam, you simply dispose of it and create a new one.
There are many services that provide disposable e-mail addresses. Here are a few that we like to use:
Mailinator: Simple, easy to use and free!
Give out a random e-mail address that ends in @mailinator.com. Go to the Mailinator website and enter the e-mail address to check your inbox. Keep in mind that there is no password to enter and nothing to keep others from accessing the inbox you created. Use it when you are forced to provide an e-mail address for verification purposes, but do not want to continue receiving e-mails from a company or website.
GishPuppy: Forward mail from your disposable address to your real address for free!
After you install the GishPuppy browser add-on, you only need to right click and choose “Gish it!” from the menu in order to create a new disposable address. GishPuppy records where and when the address was created, and gives you a choice as to when they expire. You can also add extra information in the description and keywords fields for each address.
Yahoo Address Guard: One of the many features of Yahoo! Mail Plus. $19.99 per year.
It’s easy to create and delete disposable e-mail addresses. You start by creating a base name. From there you can create as many as 500 disposable addresses. The address looks like this: basename-DAname@yahoo.com. Address Guard allows you to send and receive e-mail from your disposable address. With Address Guard, your messages are delivered directly to your inbox or a specified folder.