Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Temporary “Junk” Email Addresses

It seems like websites are always trying to get their “bloody” hands on email addresses; for example, requiring an email address to access some content.  Only so they can turn around and sell your email address to the highest bidder.  Interestingly by the way, email addresses can actually go for more than a credit card number on the black market!  And I have seen statistics that say an email address with accompanying password can go for about $2.

However, there is a way to beat them at their own game, now you could just input a random mumbo jumbo, but some services will actually require that your verify the email address.  So, introducing AnonymBox http://www.anonymbox.com/ which offers temporary email addresses for just that occasion.  Simply use AnonymBox to generate an temporary email address; thus keeping your own email address safe.

As a second more permanent alternative, you can also set up a “junk” email address with any of the major email service providers (Google, Live/Hotmail, and Yahoo).  These email addresses are free.  You can save this email address to use for any questionable websites that you do not want to give your good email address.

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