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    Disposable e-mail address services

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 21-Dec-05 01:15. )</P>An interesting overview of many of the available services.
    http://www.tipmonkies.com/2005/10/04/dispo...ddress-services

    Alan

    Edit - I should also add mailexpire - free temporary email addresses, a personal favorite, to the list. Allows you set an account expiry from 12 hours to 3 months.

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    Alan

    I found this rather interesting, but a couple of questions spring to mind:

    1) Have you ever found that providing an email address <something>@mailexpire.com got rejected because it was recognised as a disposable address?

    2) Is there any way, perhaps more straightforward, of getting round the problem where you have to return a validation email to the site at which you registered the <something>@mailexpire.com address other than making a temporary change to the OE Tools -> Accounts -> Mail -> Properties -> Email address (or perhaps Reply address) ?

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    John

    1) No, I've never had a disposable address rejected. I presume that if a site's "clickable confirmation" they send to your specified addy gets clicked/ activated then the addy must be valid. I couldn't say it won't happen though.

    2) I should have mentioned another favorite, Mailinator on that list. There is no signup and you use the addy that appears on their page. The FAQ, mail arriving there will "stick around for a few hours". This is good for those "one off" confirmation thingys, or waiting for a serial#, password etc. I used such an addy to register with Google Groups - usenet groups, which are a notorious source for spammers to harvest addresses from.

    Like anything else really, I think they have their place and should be used judiciously, according to the particular situation.

    Alan

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    Thanks, Alan.

    I will ferret around (badger?!) to see which one I fancy.

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    I've used Sneakemail for the purpose you describe and it works a treat. You can reply right out of your inbox and maintain your privacy.
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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    I've used spammotel for years (I use it for this forum). I have nearly 100 addresses active.

    Yes, I have encountered times when a spammotel.com address would not be accepted. Often, the problem is that the domain name contains the word spam, which of course is a guarantee for trigging problems (I've petitioned the author to offer another variation but he doesn't seem to be interesed in doing this). I have also had a few cases where I tried to use a spammotel.com address to sign up for a newsletter subscription but never got anything. I yelled at the newsletter writer but they didn't know why the address was accepted but wasn't working. Finally traced it down to that their ISP was dumping mail from the writer that was directed to spammotel.com on their own without telling the writer! Sheese! They thought because it had the word spam in the email address, that it was some form of spam.

    Spamgourmet.com and some other services also have alternate domains w/o the word spam in them.

    Also, not a true "disposable" mail address by standard definitions but free and very reliable is safe-mail.net.

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    I've run into the same issue with SpamCop.net, which is NOT a temporary address, but which gets rejected from some sites because of the name. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> Drives me nuts, since the whole purpose of the site is to can spam! Grrrr
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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    All part of the business of "smart" automation. Similar to the net Nanny (or whatever it was) adopted at great expense in <img src=/S/flags/Australia.gif border=0 alt=Australia width=30 height=18> schools. Then dumped because it was filtering out biblical texts, but still allowing "Hot chicks with big..." whatever sites through. At least it made school more "spicy" than it was in my day, I suppose!

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    Re: Disposable e-mail address services

    Hi Alan,

    I am not sure how I missed this thread but I sure did! Thanks for the pointer to it! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> I will check out the offerings and keep my "mailbox" a bit more free of "junk mail"! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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