Monday, October 18, 2004

Mailinator - Stop Giving Out Your Email Addy for Spam!

Cool site - a friend of mine had recommended it to me a while back and I'd lost the link. Now I present it to you: partially out of my willingness to share, and partially to archive it someplace where I can go back and find it later!

The blurb from Mailinator's web site:

"Get enough SPAM lately? Have you ever gone to a website that asks for your email address for no reason (other than they are going to sell it to the highest bidder so you get spam forever)?

Welcome to Mailinator(tm) - Its no signup, instant anti-spam service. Here is how it works: You are on the web, at a party, or talking to your favorite insurance salesman. Whereever you are, someone (or some webpage) asks for your email. You know if you give it, you're gambling with your privacy. On the other hand, you do want at least one message from that person. The answer is to give them a mailinator address. You don't need to sign-up. You just make it up on the spot. Pick or - pick anything you want (up to 15 characters before the @ sign).

Later, come to this site and check that account. Its that easy. Mailinator accounts are created when mail arrives for them. No signup, no personal information, and when you're done - you can walk away - an instant solution to one way spammers get your address. Its an anti-spam solution for everyone. The messages are automatically deleted for you after a few hours.

Let'em spam."

I wish I'd used it on that handwriting analysis site I just did.... at least I used my "spam" email address. (Yahoo Mail is still good for something!) -- All hail Gmail!

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