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Nowadays, everyone uses e-mail, whether it is to communicate with friends or colleagues or to use one’s e-mail address as an online passport. Almost every application and service you sign up for today requires an email address, as do most loyalty cards, contest entries and more.
It’s nice to have one address for everything, but receiving dozens of unwanted emails every day is not pleasant. In addition, it is not uncommon these days for databases to be hacked by companies, making it even more likely that your email address will end up on spam lists. Secondly, it is almost impossible to do something 100% private.
There are many ways to tame your Gmail and Outlook inboxes, but sometimes you need something more spectacular: a disposable email address.
Disposable email addresses are aliases to your real email address that add a layer of privacy or spam control and can be used to sign up for websites or newsletters that you don’t trust. For example, if one of these addresses receives too much spam, simply delete it. They consist of two parts, a “base name” and a “keyword” ([email protected]), and you can create up to 500 at a time.
Use Gmail’s Personalized Email Trick
Although Google doesn’t have its own disposable email service, Gmail offers the ability to create personalized emails that you can throw away when you no longer need them. If Google’s own advertising features don’t solve the problem, here’s how to use this tool.
Step 1: If you’re prompted to enter your email address for a service that you’d rather not give your real address to, enter it as usual, but instead end your email address with a specific tag – in this example, we used “+unwantedemail.gmail.com”. (the plus sign is useful for visibility, but not necessary). If you receive an email from this service or company, it will be marked with the additional nickname.
E-mails sent to this address will appear in your inbox next to all the others, but thanks to this special flag at the end of the address, they can be very easily deleted or blocked.
Step 2: When you’re done receiving email at that particular address, you can set up a Gmail filter to automatically delete all email sent to that address. To do this, type your specific tag in the search box at the top of your inbox and click the arrow on the right. Then enter that tag in the ‘From’ section of the filter form and click ‘Create Filter’.
Step 3: On the next page, check the Delete box and click Create Filter. You will then no longer see any emails forwarded to that specific address.
Create a temporary email address using these services
Whatever your reasons, you can create a temporary email address in less than a minute. There are dozens of good websites that offer temporary or even more permanent email addresses. If you prefer to stick to what you know, you can always create an alias in your existing Gmail or Outlook account.
Some providers of temporary email addresses are among them:
- Guerilla Post
- Mailbox company
Other brands of temporary email addresses are also available. Each of them provides a useful email address for one or more sessions. They also offer the possibility to choose a few domain names and are all very easy to use. Here’s what you need to do.
- Visit the provider of the temporary email address of your choice.
- Select an email address from the selection.
- Use this email address to sign up for your offer or service.
- Watch the email address in your browser and go from there.
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