Found 9th Nov
For those times when you need an email address but don't want to get spammed.
This is free and has been going a long time.
You don't have to give any username of password. You can use the default email address which is different wherever you log in from. But it's safer I think to create a new email address or add random on the left-hand side. Use it and wait until you've received an email, then you can open it and reply directly. It's probably best then to delete the contents and the email address itself. You can elsewhere create an account and login, but this seems to be unnecessary

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If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers to your email address, and it'll still get to your address.

for example your email address is

johnsmith@ gmail. com

then
johnsmith+bbc@ gmail. com
johnsmith+hukd@ gmail. com
johnsmith+spam123@ gmail. com

will all get delivered to your johnsmith@ gmail. com inbox.

You can use this, and set up filters and labels in your inbox, to organise your mails, and also to weed out who is sending you rubbish / selling your address on.

Once you decide you don't want / need an address, you can set emails to one address to be deleted instantly, treated as spam, and you'll never see them. I do it and it works really well, never have to wade through spam to see proper emails.
Edited by: "johnthehuman" 9th Nov

I use a different service, but throw away email address's are a great tool in the fight against spam.

If this works in a similar way to my service, you dont HAVE to throw the address away, some of mine have been going for a couple of years; but by have=ing a unique address each time, you can see which "reputable" online stores and suppliers are selling your details despite their privacy claims (BBC I am looking at you).
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You can also use mytrashmail.com - always useful to have a spam account you can throw away to keep your digital footprint a little smaller.

I use a different service, but throw away email address's are a great tool in the fight against spam.

If this works in a similar way to my service, you dont HAVE to throw the address away, some of mine have been going for a couple of years; but by have=ing a unique address each time, you can see which "reputable" online stores and suppliers are selling your details despite their privacy claims (BBC I am looking at you).

Don't most reputable online store and supplier sell your email address? Doesn't just takes one employee to get hold of email addresses to sell on?

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Gentle_Giant11 m ago

I use a different service, but throw away email address's are a great tool …I use a different service, but throw away email address's are a great tool in the fight against spam.If this works in a similar way to my service, you dont HAVE to throw the address away, some of mine have been going for a couple of years; but by have=ing a unique address each time, you can see which "reputable" online stores and suppliers are selling your details despite their privacy claims (BBC I am looking at you).



Yes i agree that's a useful reason for keeping the address. But I think if you dispose of the email address, that will produce a true 'bounce', which should notify the sender that there really isn't anyone there, so they should stop. About 60% of email traffic is unwanted apparently

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ClotBot15 m ago

Don't most reputable online store and supplier sell your email address? …Don't most reputable online store and supplier sell your email address? Doesn't just takes one employee to get hold of email addresses to sell on?



Do you mean reputable? Usually there's a clause which says something like 'we will inform a carefully selected number of companies..etc unless or if you tick here/don't tick here. Which usually you forget to do or do after answered 50 other questions with no!
But often there is no reason for them to have an email address, after all, you've probably given them, two phone numbers, username, password, full address, faced a captcha (so they know you're not a computer) etc, so why?
I think it's one of the things online hackers go for: a list of active email addresses. Very valuable, I believe

jasee9 m ago

Do you mean reputable? Usually there's a clause which says something like …Do you mean reputable? Usually there's a clause which says something like 'we will inform a carefully selected number of companies..etc unless or if you tick here/don't tick here. Which usually you forget to do or do after answered 50 other questions with no!But often there is no reason for them to have an email address, after all, you've probably given them, two phone numbers, username, password, full address, faced a captcha (so they know you're not a computer) etc, so why?I think it's one of the things online hackers go for: a list of active email addresses. Very valuable, I believe



I always carefully read the box instructions, because some are tricky and ticking the box says you DO want, and others ticking the box means you DONT

The BBC one was for an under 8 y/o competition on Blue Peter, so I was EXTREMELY upset to find the unique name, postal address and email combo spouting credit card ads and invites to test drive a new sports car via snail mail and email within a month.

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Gentle_Giant4 m ago

I always carefully read the box instructions, because some are tricky and …I always carefully read the box instructions, because some are tricky and ticking the box says you DO want, and others ticking the box means you DONTThe BBC one was for an under 8 y/o competition on Blue Peter, so I was EXTREMELY upset to find the unique name, postal address and email combo spouting credit card ads and invites to test drive a new sports car via snail mail and email within a month.



Yes bad, and I don't think your 8 year old would be interested in a new sports car unless it was this sort
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In the U.K, we are targeted so much as we are the gateway for selling personal details (as France and Germany banned it.) but should die off a little in April next year as we fall in line with them EU types with our law.... until Brexit I'm sure.

Spamgourmet.com is a brilliant service. It is ideal for signing up to competitions and offers as you can specify to receive the first x emails sent to it before it self-destructs

jasee16 m ago

Yes bad, and I don't think your 8 year old would be interested in a new …Yes bad, and I don't think your 8 year old would be interested in a new sports car unless it was this sort[Image]




Well, I am not sure he was still in to Noddy at age 8; now if it had been a batmobile........

Mailinator is another. Some sites catch on and refuse signups from these disposable sites so look for affiliates or chop 'n change.

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If you've been with BT a long time, they allowed you to create a series of disposable email addresses from yahoo to which you could send and receive emails. These still exist (if you've created any) and work. But if you delete them, they're gone and if you try to create more, you can, but they simply don't work

If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers to your email address, and it'll still get to your address.

for example your email address is

johnsmith@ gmail. com

then
johnsmith+bbc@ gmail. com
johnsmith+hukd@ gmail. com
johnsmith+spam123@ gmail. com

will all get delivered to your johnsmith@ gmail. com inbox.

You can use this, and set up filters and labels in your inbox, to organise your mails, and also to weed out who is sending you rubbish / selling your address on.

Once you decide you don't want / need an address, you can set emails to one address to be deleted instantly, treated as spam, and you'll never see them. I do it and it works really well, never have to wade through spam to see proper emails.
Edited by: "johnthehuman" 9th Nov

johnthehuman3 m ago

If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers …If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers to your email address,


As the TV ad used to say, "Simple, but brilliant"
Thanks.

They are also good to prevent hacking into your account as the hacker has to guess the email as well as password. And if one website is hacked, and your details harvested, you don't have to worry about your other accounts as they will all have different login emails.

I use Blur
Edited by: "intime" 9th Nov

intime12 m ago

They are also good to prevent hacking into your account as the hacker has …They are also good to prevent hacking into your account as the hacker has to guess the email as well as password. And if one website is hacked, and your details harvested, you don't have to worry about your other accounts as they will all have different login emails.I use Blur



but surely if you set up like the poster above says, they could still target you by removing the + and anything after to get your actual email address.

johnthehuman1 h, 3 m ago

If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers …If you've got Gmail, you can add a "+" then a string of letters / numbers to your email address, and it'll still get to your address. for example your email address is johnsmith@ gmail. comthen johnsmith+bbc@ gmail. com johnsmith+hukd@ gmail. comjohnsmith+spam123@ gmail. comwill all get delivered to your johnsmith@ gmail. com inbox. You can use this, and set up filters and labels in your inbox, to organise your mails, and also to weed out who is sending you rubbish / selling your address on.Once you decide you don't want / need an address, you can set emails to one address to be deleted instantly, treated as spam, and you'll never see them. I do it and it works really well, never have to wade through spam to see proper emails.


Indeed great advice if you're creating duplicate accounts for the same website however I doubt it'll be long until website just knowingly strip anything after the '+ and just add johnsmith @ gmail. com to the spam list.

EN1GMA3 m ago

but surely if you set up like the poster above says, they could still …but surely if you set up like the poster above says, they could still target you by removing the + and anything after to get your actual email address.


Turret57 s ago

Indeed great advice if you're creating duplicate accounts for the same …Indeed great advice if you're creating duplicate accounts for the same website however I doubt it'll be long until website just knowingly strip anything after the '+ and just add johnsmith @ gmail. com to the spam list.



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Spammers
You can theoretically report them to their ISP, if they are a legitimate company they can have their internet connection cut off.

I'd suggest mailnesia.com/.


This provider also automatically click/opens confirmation links within the email for you.
Edited by: "Turret" 9th Nov

popolou5 h, 53 m ago

Mailinator is another. Some sites catch on and refuse signups from these …Mailinator is another. Some sites catch on and refuse signups from these disposable sites so look for affiliates or chop 'n change.


Mailinator offers a bunch of alternate domains that you can use (and they add/change them all the time) so should be possible to find something that isn't blocked.

Thanks! Try guerrillamail.com/ as well. It's very useful.

EN1GMA9th Nov

but surely if you set up like the poster above says, they could still …but surely if you set up like the poster above says, they could still target you by removing the + and anything after to get your actual email address.


As I say, I use Blur, which provides a completely unique address for every account. It's also a form filler and password manager.
dnt.abine.com/

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intime4 h, 37 m ago

As I say, I use Blur, which provides a completely unique address for every …As I say, I use Blur, which provides a completely unique address for every account. It's also a form filler and password manager.https://dnt.abine.com/#register



That looks quite interesting. But you need to give them your email address to create an account. Of course it could be a disposable address, but it starts to get complicated! Look at their terms. Unless the data you are being sent is very sensitive (mine isn't) I prefer the simple approach. KISS
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