Disposable Email Addresses – A Step-by-Step Guide

Combating spam is a difficult task. When you unsubscribe from a junk email list, your inbox receives twice as many emails the next day. Worse, you have no idea how you ended up on that list in the first place.

While spam may appear to be unavoidable, you no longer have to put up with it. We’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up a disposable email address, which can help you cut down on junk mail.

Make use of the Gmail trick for personalized emails.

Although Google doesn’t have its disposable email service, Gmail allows you to create customized emails that you can then delete when you’re done with them. Here’s how to use this tool if Google’s ad features aren’t solving the problem.

Step 1: When asked to enter your email address on a service where you don’t want to give your real address, type it in as usual, but add a specific tag at the end — in this case, “+unwantedemail.Gmail.com” (the plus sign is optional for visibility). As a result, when you receive an email from that service or company, it will include that additional moniker.

Emails sent to that address will appear in your inbox alongside all others, but you can easily delete or block them because of the tag at the end of the address.

Step 2: Once you’ve finished receiving emails to that address, you can set up a Gmail filter to ensure that any emails sent to that address are automatically deleted. To do so, type your desired tag into the search box at the top of your inbox and then click the right-hand arrow. Then, in the From section of the filter form, paste that tag and click Create Filter.

Step 3: On the next page, select the Delete It checkbox and then click Create Filter. Any emails sent to that address will no longer be delivered.

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With Burner Mail, you can make a quick extension.

Do you intend to sign up for a variety of services, perhaps as a tester or reviewer? Installing an extension that makes creating temporary email addresses much faster and easier may be a better option. We recommend the well-crafted Burner Emails extension in this case. You can also create an account on the site and use disposable emails from there, but the extension is where the real value is.

Step 1: Go to the Burner Mail website and choose Install Burner Mail for Chrome (there’s also a Chrome Store download and a Firefox version if you prefer). The Burner Emails icon will appear in the top right corner of your browser window, allowing you to use the service while browsing the web. During this process, you may be required to sign in to your Google Account.

Step 2: Hover over an email field you need to fill out, and you should see the Burner Emails icon — a small flame on a letter — and a disposable email that has been generated for you automatically. If you choose it, the email will be generated and inserted into the field. This email will keep all of your personal email information secure while forwarding emails to your Gmail account for as long as you want.

Step 3: If you’re receiving emails from the disposable email address you’re using that you don’t want or need, click the Burner Emails icon to see all of the email addresses you’ve created. When you hover over the Block Sender option, you’ll notice an on/off toggle. When you disable the email address in question, it will stop receiving emails. If necessary, you can re-enable it. If you’re getting a lot of spam or the email isn’t useful, you can delete the address entirely by selecting the X option to the right of Block Sender. A free account allows you to have up to five addresses at a time, while a premium account costs $1.50 per month and allows you to have up to 30 addresses per day.

Step 4: If you don’t want your original email address to be revealed, you can use the same process to respond to all emails using an automatically assigned address.

Read: How To Make Sure Your Emails Aren’t Tracked

Additional possibilities

Burner Mail will not be suitable for everyone. If you want a service with a different design and fewer extras, there are plenty of other options. Mailinator allows you to create a new email address that will be automatically deleted after a few hours. The disadvantage of this free service is that it makes your address public for that time. Unless you sign up for an account, Mailsac has the same restriction. Another option is 10-Minute Mail, which, as the name implies, lasts only 10 minutes. You can manually restart the timer by refreshing it, which is helpful if you’re trying out a new service with a spare email address.

Maildrop lets you send anonymous emails as long as they’re under 500k in size and don’t contain any files or attachments. Each inbox can hold ten emails and delete itself if it is left empty for more than 24 hours.

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