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Easy Throw-Away Email Addresses

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the bug-me-not dept.

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netbuzz writes, "A fellow teaching himself Seam has come up with a clever Web app called 10 Minute Mail. It gives you a valid e-mail address — instantly — for use in registering at Web sites. Ten minutes later (more if you ask), it's gone. You can read mail and reply to it from the page where you create the throw-away address. Limited utility, yes, but easy and free."

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Vs. Mailinator (5, Interesting)

P(0)(!P(k)+P(k+1)) (1012109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025520)

I was curious as to how TMM [10minutemail.com] stacked up against mailinator [mailinator.com] , my anonymous email of choice; mailinator has a time-limit of several hours, and its interface is slightly more elegant.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (1)

hclyff (925743) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025626)

One would say this "article" is just a not-so-subtle advertisment for Redhat's JBoss/Seam.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025648)

Mailinator is a great and possibly better alternative to TMM. It appears that the email address TMM generates does expire in such a way that it rejects email to the address you are given after a period of time (10 minutes). With mailinator, the email address never expires, but mail that is delivered tends to be purged after a few hours. Mailinator works so well that I have found some sites don't let you use mailinator addresses in the sign up process. Luckily they have set up alternative domains that point their mail to mailinator's servers allowing you to use alternative domain names in your temporarily email address.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025896)

I once used an anonymous mail program some "many" years ago and got busted by a sys admin. But I didn't go through the mail server, and to this day I don't know how I got caught. Is Mailinator any better? I did it as a prank to a friend and it backfired on me the worst way and haven't tried this stuff ever since.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026096)

You cannot send emails through mailinator, anonymous mailing isn't part of their service offering. It is designed strictly for recieving email you don't want.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (4, Informative)

plover (150551) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025988)

I've been using Mailinator for throw-away web page signups for years, but I use Sneakemail [sneakemail.com] for the purchasing sites where I'd like to be notified about shipments, etc.

I have to say I like the idea of a 10 minute window. Several hours means I can't really use it to have them send me passwords, as I frequently have name collisions at Mailinator.

In the same vein, I dislike the lack of a "roll-your-own" email address that Mailinator offers. With Mailinator, I can simply type john@mailinator.com and not worry about visiting Mailinator's site first. With TMM, I have to hit their site to get the randomly generated mail40367@10minutemail.com address (and yes, they're slashdotted at the moment.)

Re:Vs. Mailinator (1)

ziggyzig (944029) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026046)

One of the big differences I noticed was that you can reply to emails using TMM, which may make it more useful to some. On a side note: throw-away-emails + bugmenot = lots of good no-registration sites.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (5, Informative)

Khabok (940349) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026348)

How about Vs. GMail? Ever heard of plus-addressing? I've been using it lately with great results.

myemail+anythingelse@gmail.com always goes straight to myemail@gmail.com, BUT with a distinct TO address. That way you know which service sold you to spammers, and you can prop up a filter to faithfully dispose of them.

Of course, like any of these services, it only works until the big baddies find out...

Re:Vs. Mailinator (4, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026540)

How about Vs. GMail? Ever heard of plus-addressing? I've been using it lately with great results.
myemail+anythingelse@gmail.com always goes straight to myemail@gmail.com, BUT with a distinct TO address.
I also use this whenever possible. Unfortunately, many web developers think that a "+" in an email address is not valid, even if used before the "@". Or maybe they are too lazy to develop rules that apply different checks for the part before the "@" and the part after, or whatever. The unfortunate fact is that many website registration systems simply won't accept emails like "myemail+anythingelse@gmail.com".

Re:Vs. Mailinator (1)

Mad Marlin (96929) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026596)

I think it was the Sims 2 that wouldn't recognize the dash "-" in my email address, which is valid on both the left and on the right.

Re:Vs. Mailinator (4, Informative)

spacecowboy420 (450426) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026812)

My favorite is to just have a catchall on my domain. Then when I signup for something, I use a descriptive address plus my domain. This allows me to not only get all the mail, I know who I gave it to, and who is selling/spamming. If they start to spam, I just turn it off or dev/null all mail to that address.

Re: yourcompany@mydomain.com (1)

Dan B. (20610) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026574)

That's almost the same as my strategy. I get everything at my domiain that is not destined for an existing user, so I sign up to each and every web service that requires an email address with @mydomain.com

Again, you can see almost immediately where dodgy email is coming from if they decide to do a little bit of a sell, or they have poor security around their email databases. I find however that 99.9% of the span I get (well, block - greylist milter FTW), the address is sourced from other people who have my real email address, and don't protect their systems well enough. Trojans et al are very good at harvesting email addresses of home PCs these days.

Vs Gmail (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026548)

Just get (another) gmail account and use that. Or am I missing something?

Sounds a lot like (4, Insightful)

tessaiga (697968) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025558)

what Mailinator [mailinator.com] has been providing for years.

Re:Sounds a lot like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025796)

Sounds a lot like what Mailinator [mailinator.com] has been providing for years.
Yeah, but the Slash-vertisement has it beat in seniority.

Re:Sounds a lot like (1)

coldtone (98189) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026294)

Both Java apps, is Java king of temp e-mail apps?

As an aside, if this app makes it to the front page, then why not cl1p [cl1p.net] ?

Re:Sounds a lot like (1)

Gyppo (982168) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026360)

The big problem with mailinator now is that many sites are rejecting mailinator email addresses at the form validation level - so I've been using Yahoo mail's junk email feature. This allows you to create any number of junk email addresses that forward to your regular Yahoo email address. You can continue to use it through the time that you receive the shipment then delete the address to prevent future spam.

I just use spam.la (4, Interesting)

tehdely (690619) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025564)

There's no privacy (everyone can view everyone else's mail) but it's perfect for throwaway registrations where your only concern is reading whatever content some site has to offer.

How is this better than dodgeit.com? (5, Informative)

hemp (36945) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025570)

Dodgeit.com is free and allows to you to specify any email address@dodgeit.com and read the emails that arrive.
http://www.dodgeit.com/ [dodgeit.com]

Re:How is this better than dodgeit.com? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025642)

Dodgeit seems like the best, the others depend on cookies (which my Firefox empties on browser close). Thanks for the link. =)

Re:How is this better than dodgeit.com? (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025822)

I've been using dodgeit for a long time. It rocks!

Re:How is this better than dodgeit.com? (0, Offtopic)

g1zmo (315166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025950)

I was interested in your website, being that I'm from Fort Worth, but it doesn't seem to be valid.

Brick stores need your email address! (1)

Desert_Scarecrow (998677) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025574)

But now what will all of the brick and mortar stores do? When you place an online order and they require you to create an "account" using your e-mail, where will all the spam go? Will it, having nowhere to go, return upon itself, imploding into a spamularity, sucking all nearby email inside forever? The humanity!

Re:Brick stores need your email address! (3, Informative)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026148)

Yahoo provides throwaway addresses (addressguard) to paying subscribers. They last indefinitely and provide useful delivery options. I use this feature for sites I don't trust and for usenet to make it easier to sort out their spam. The old Yahoo mail interface would color code mail sent to different addressguard adresses. This isn't yet in the new interface unfortunately.

Re:Brick stores need your email address! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026436)

What is the advantage of using that over say an email address by your ISP provider? Example: I have an account as myrealaccount@verizon.net. I create a myjunkaccount01@verizon.net for a temporary period of time, then delete whenever I feel like it. I can use it once or leave it there for any period of time. If I configure my email client to receive mail, I can easily setup filters to move email to a junk box based on the recipient or even better, create a rule that overrides that if the email comes from a known sender (i.e. the site I registered for). While this is a little bit of work, it really seems that the alternative is too. Now if I were trying to do anything where I wanted to remain a bit more anonymous, then maybe these sites would offer some benefit, but who can say if they store your IP address?

Jim

What's the point? (4, Interesting)

DoorFrame (22108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025588)

What's the point of having an email address that's only around for a few minutes when you could just use a single throwaway email address for all of your registration needs. It doesn't expire, but since you only use it for registrations, it doesn't matter how much spam/cruft it accumulates.

Re:What's the point? (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025782)

I have one of those... currently I get 3k emails a day of spam. Does that clear things up?

And yes, Ive only used it for web ordering.

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026140)

The same with mine,... until I moved the mail server behind a graylisting firewall that also used RBLs. Now I get like 5 a day in it.

Re:What's the point? (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026198)

Add in Spamassassin and you can get that down to less than 1 a day. I use the same address for everything without any trouble. I hardly get any spam. Greylisting alone is surprisingly powerful.

-matthew

Re:What's the point? (1)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026244)

... I've had the same YAHOO email address for 8-9 years, now. I've used it to register for a plethoria of boards, for buying stuff online, for any games that require registration..

I get maybe 20-40 hunks of spam a day, and 90% of them go right into Mr. Spamfolder. It's up a bit recently I think because of some recent online purchases, but what can you do.

I do have a seperate email address that I use for other registrations, though. For when I don't want people to know it's me, or for when I don't want anyone to be able to follow my trail. That one, actually, doesn't get *any* spam, and it's just a junky mail.com address.

Re:What's the point? (5, Insightful)

krotkruton (967718) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025906)

Here's one point. Let's assume you use one email address for all of your registration needs, including forums (and shopping if you really want to drive this point home). Over time, that email address will be linked to a variety of sites, which together can be used to identify you. Of course, depending on how you use the sites connected to the email address, there may be nothing that can be used to get your actual identity or you may have used your name on a couple which leads people to you (or you might use your credit card on a shopping site). Now you, or your identity depending on how you want to look at it, is linked to that email. This probably isn't a big deal for most people. Now let's pretend you want to sign up on an Anarchists website, which is something I wouldn't recommend in the US right now, so now that email is linked to you and linked to anarchy. That might not be something you want. That example doesn't work for you? How about signing up for a porn site that requires email but no credit card? What about a torrent site? An email address that lasts only 10-minutes should make it harder for people to link things that you do back to you.

(Before anyone jumps down my throat, I said it "should make it harder" not impossible, and I didn't say that it makes it hard because I don't know the difficulty of doing such a thing. I just said it would be harder than using one email address for everything.)

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026370)

pssst. hey, dude - email me at tin_foil_hats_for_sale@10minuteemail.com. But hurry up! Time is of the essence!

Re:What's the point? (1)

Goeland86 (741690) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026844)

Sooner or later he's going to have to enforce some sort of IP address logging, like most services of that type do.
For instance, www.jetable.org, a french site along the lines of mailinator forwards given emaisl to your account for the specified duration, but it logs your IP address and the time you were on, in case it becomes essential to know who was whom in a legal case.
With that info, it's *still* possible that a 10 minute email will lead back to you. Not just an email account, but an ISP account this time, which is even more identifiable, imo.

Re:What's the point? (2, Informative)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026066)

If the site needs to mail you something to complete the registration, you have to be able to read the email address - and having one address that collects a ton of crap makes it hard to read the email address and get that one mail you care about to complete the registration.

Yes, if the site wants an email address, but you don't need to receive any emails from the site to continue, give it "i_dont_want_spam@localhost", or "i_dont_want_spam@example.org"

Re:What's the point? (1)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026190)

That's not good enough. Give it the good ol' "bgates@msn.com".

Re:What's the point? (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026160)

Or you could just use some decent spam filtering and not worry about it at all.

-matthew

Re:What's the point? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026170)

What's the point of having an email address that's only around for a few minutes when you could just use a single throwaway email address for all of your registration needs.

One throwaway is the best way to go. What if you forget your password for one of the many sites you registered at? The 'I lost my password' function is worthless if there is no longer an address to retrieve it at.

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026212)

I guess it addresses the concern that multiple sites sharing data with each other could figure out the habits of your spam@spam.net address.

This won't stop my mom from sending me e-postcards (3, Interesting)

el QuesoGrande (192855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025590)

Most of the people I know already keep a secondary address on gmail/hotmail, etc for this purpose.

This works, but things such as invites, forwards, e-cards that your friends send you with good intentions still mess things up. I had a good clean 3-year run with my last address, but lately it's just spiraled out of control.

pr0n (4, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025616)

A fellow teaching himself Seam has come up with a clever Web app called 10 Minute Mail

Their slogan... "JBoss Seam: For when you need more seam in your web experience."

Re:pr0n (1)

KermodeBear (738243) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026150)

And here I am thinking that people want seamless features in their applications.

Re:pr0n (1)

KingKiki217 (979050) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026752)

Beat me to it.

Dodgeit.com does the same thing (2, Informative)

tokengeekgrrl (105602) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025624)

Receive only free email that automatically gets deleted every 7 days unless you make a donation, then you get to password protect and own the email address (as I do).

http://dodgeit.com/faq.html [dodgeit.com]

- tokengeekgrrl

SpamGourmet seems better... (2, Informative)

Tamerz (702147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025646)

I have been using SpamGourmet http://www.spamgourmet.com/ [spamgourmet.com] for a while. It works great and is more flexible. This is going to run into the same problem other services like this do. Sites will simply stop accepting emails from that domain name.

Re:SpamGourmet seems better... (1)

khedron the jester (888418) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026774)

The owner of SpamGourmet was in the red with the service last time I checked the forums. This makes the service precarious, although I still use it.

willhackforfood.biz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025698)

willhackforfood.biz provided this service for a long time--seems to be down recently--i think someone from binrev.com started it--just so everyone's aware this isnt that new.

Just buy a domain. (4, Insightful)

Ikeya (7401) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025702)

I have my own domain and I can create an unlimited number of throwaway addresses. If they behave, I keep it active. If it starts getting spam, I know which business I can't trust and I direct it to /dev/null/

For example, if I were to register with slashdot, I could just use slashdot@mydomain.com

I can keep it around for as short or as long as I want.

Re:Just buy a domain. (4, Informative)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025982)

And you don't even need a domain - GMail lets you use <username>+slashdot@gmail for the same effect.

Re:Just buy a domain. (4, Insightful)

Zarel (900479) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026364)

The problem with that strategy is that sooner or later, companies will realize that particular feature of GMail, remove everything between the + and the @, and bam! It doesn't work any more.

Re:Just buy a domain. (1)

izomiac (815208) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026674)

There are also free mail forwarders for subdomains. I use http://www.cjb.net/ [cjb.net] personally. When I register for a site I use sitename@mysubdomain.cjb.net and have that forward to my Gmail.

Re:Just buy a domain. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026254)

For example, if I were to register with slashdot, I could just use slashdot@mydomain.com


You could, but spammers are aware of such tricks. Check through your logs and I am sure you will see all kinds of mail sent to your domain for accounts which have never existed (amazon@mydomain.com is very popular). You may be penalizing businesses who are not involved in spam or the sale of personal information. At least add something unique to the address (e.g. your initials and shoe size) to definitively connect the address to the site in question.

Re:Just buy a domain. (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026270)

If you have your own domain (and I assume you control the mail server) you can just implement spam filtering and not bother juggling addresses. Start with Greylisting. I use the same address for everything and I barely get one spam a week.

-matthew

slashdot@mydomain.com (1)

Tim Ward (514198) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026274)

Yeah, I've got one of those.

As 100% of emails to that address were spam it now silently deletes anything sent to it.

Nice (0, Redundant)

DrMaJ (898805) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025708)

For all those sites you wanna sign up for, without the spam :)

Cheers.

Allows more spambotting (2, Insightful)

madhatter256 (443326) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025740)

Won't this actually help spammers? Email addresses that are thrown away thus they can't be completely stopped spamming a specific forum or inboxes.

Re:Allows more spambotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025820)

wot?

Re:Allows more spambotting (1)

Rui del-Negro (531098) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026480)

Exactly. Any sane forum admin will block this immediately.

This /. "article" is just advertising for yet another ad-supported site...

RMN
~~~

Re:Allows more spambotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026510)

madhatter256,

Spammers don't create accounts to send spam, i guess the run there own mail servers on dynamic addresses (to avoid black lists) or abuse improperly configured mail servers belonging to other people.

fuC4? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025744)

!since we made the

/etc/aliases (1)

pbrammer (526214) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025758)

echo "newsite: spam_account" >> /etc/aliases
newaliases
Where "spam_account" is an actual user account.

That's it. I can turn it on and off whenever I want.

Re:/etc/aliases (1)

pbrammer (526214) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025854)

'Course you need to have your own domain name and an unfiltered SMTP port to make it work... :)

Re:/etc/aliases (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026048)

echo 'myreal@dre.ss' > .qmail-spammysite

Because qmail is hardcore.

Every site gets its own address. Not only do I not get spammed, but I know where it's coming from. I started it out expecting to catch some "reputable" site selling my e-mail address, but you know what? Most sites out there are very careful with your address, and take you off their list as soon as you tell them to. The only addresses I've had to delete are for porn sites.

Diskeeper, however ... fuck those guys. Seriously, it's a shitty defrag program, why in the HELL do I need 4 messages about it (minimum!) a week?

Wow, even on Slashdot (3, Insightful)

Bemmu (42122) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025780)

This service shows how effectively promoting your service can really make a difference. While Mailinator has been around for a long time, somehow this 10minutemail has managed to get lots of exposure. I wonder did they really get all these mentions around the net just organically, or was there heavy promotion involved? If the success came organically, perhaps it's because 10minutemail is easier to understand. Just from the domain name it's easy to guess what the service is for.

Unnescessary but nice with more options (5, Informative)

Kattspya (994189) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025788)

I know of at least two different sites which give out disposable e-mail addresses so I don't really understand why this is newsworthy.

http://www.spamgourmet.com/ [spamgourmet.com]
You create an account and spamgourmet will bounce the mail to you. The syntax is: [word].[number of mails].[username]@spamgourmet.com. When the alloted number of e-mails has been used the mails will bounce unless you allow more through.

http://www.mailinator.com/ [mailinator.com]
You just make up a string of letters and use those letters to view the account at mailinator. This is a truly disposable mail address since the inbox is open to anyone who chooses to look at the account. If the information is semiimportant you should choose a pretty random mail address.

Re:Unnescessary but nice with more options (2, Interesting)

BenFranske (646563) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026070)

Yep, I was going to point out that Spam Gourmet [spamgourmet.com] has been doing this for years. Granted this is a different slat where the addresses expire in some period of time instead of some number of messages but they are roughly equivalent.

Other spam-fighting mail services (2, Informative)

overbored (450853) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025814)

First, there are tons of other services that do this already. However, I personally am not very interested in expiring addresses; I frequently want to keep receiving mail at that address into the future (and some services simply don't allow you to update your email address, in which case you're screwed).

Up until last year I've been using the popular (and open-source) Spamgourmet. It caps you at a max of 20 messages, though, so if you want to keep receiving mail at that address, you need to continually reset the message count (and a burst of mail exceeding the limit will result in lost messages). Furthermore, a lot of spammers have been targeting it lately, generating email address like blah1.yourusername@spamgourmet.com or blah2.yourusername@spamgourmet.com. Yes, you can solve this by requiring watchwords, but then you need to remember to add that substring into all your future email addresses.

Another one that I've been using a bunch is mailnull.com, which lets you explicitly create addresses in the form of yourusername.ebay@mailnull.com. A disadvantage is that you cannot use it as an outgoing proxy for sending mail.

Finally, there's sneakemail.com, which is like mailnull, except you work with completely mangled names (aw4jo48esaf9@sneakemail.com), and it does proxy outgoing mail (so I use it when signing up for things where I may want to reply, i.e. mailing lists). At first, the sneakemail site is a complete turn-off, but the service is probably the closest to what I'd want to use.

Re:Other spam-fighting mail services (1)

overbored (450853) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025916)

I guess I should add that a disadvantage of the latter two services is that explicit address creation is higher maintenance than Spamgourmet, with which one can create addresses on the fly. So even though bookmarklets make this pretty quick and painless, should you simply *forget* to create the inbox before submitting the form, you're screwed (you've lost that first message). From this perspective, watchwords seem like a simple-enough solution to the problem, meaning Spamgourmet's disadvantage is just its message cap.

Spamgourmet (2, Interesting)

neosake (655724) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025818)

I personally find Spamgourmet [spamgourmet.org] to be more interesting...

You sign up (yeah, I know, you have to trust them) and give out email addresses like
madeupkeyword.X.yourusername@spamgourmet.org
where X is the number of messages (up to 20) that you want to allow for a particular word. Spamgourmet forwards X number of messages to your email, and then quietly destroys any further messages.

Re:Spamgourmet (1)

machineghost (622031) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026636)

I just want to second the parent post: spamgourmet is awesome!

Even more easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17025948)

I use mytrashmail.com

yet another recommend: bugmenot.com (2, Informative)

muel (132794) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025952)

http://www.bugmenot.com/ [bugmenot.com] -- for when you need a username/pass to log into a particular free site (New York Times, AllMusic, etc.) but don't want to bother registering. Assumedly, this site will knock out half of your reasons to use these various quickie e-mail services. Enjoy!

spamhole (1)

Inmatarian (814090) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025970)

This isn't that new of a concept, Spamhole [spamhole.com] has been doing this for years now. Though, some of the major server-side spam blockers will filter out spamhole before it ever reaches your inbox.

Banned (5, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | more than 7 years ago | (#17025976)

Thanks for the heads up slashdot - I've updated my forums' email ban list. It's joined the likes of mailinator.com and its alias domains (fakeinformation.com and sogetthis.com).

Dan East

Re:Banned (1)

b0s0z0ku (752509) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026288)

Thanks for the heads up slashdot - I've updated my forums' email ban list.

I'd suspect that most actual spammers go through the likes of hotmail and gmail since the accounts last longer than 10 minutes, so they can use a single account to attack a lot of forums.

-b.

Re:Banned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026358)

You've also banned hotmail.com, yahoo.com, fastmail.fm, and similar, I presume? Because the probably most common way of "generating" throwaway email addresses is to simply create them now and then on services people actually use for email. Since such throwaway addresses are indistinguishable from real addresses registered on free services, you would have to alienate a lot of potential community members just to alienate the few that you were, err, trying to alienate. (Explain to me again what possible purpose that could serve?)

Re:Banned (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026392)

Thanks for being such a huge fucking faggot, bitch!

Re:Banned (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026572)

Here you go Danny Boy, chew on this [2prong.com] . Today's domain is ajaxislame.com. Be sure to check every other day.

Re:Banned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026746)

I second that.
 
God knows how many spam bot get past the almost-useless phpbb authen. and spam in my forum. My mods have a list of banned domains that cover (last time I checked) over 50 domains.
 
  I get more than 5 bots / days if I don't activate various addins.
 
Oh yeah, another thing - phpbb fix/upgrade your gawd damn capeta. I don't want to use third party addins that become obsolete whenever you decide to have a "security upgrade".

2Prong Mailinator 10 Minute Mail (4, Informative)

shawnmchorse (442605) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026000)

I use these throwaway e-mail addresses quite a lot in testing various web applications (which often require unique e-mail addresses for each registration or whatever). A lot of people have already mentioned Mailinator, so I'll also mention 2Prong [2prong.com] . I came across it one day when Mailinator was down for whatever reason. It has a couple of things in its favor. First, it only uses a domain for two days before moving on to a different domain for throwaway e-mail addresses. So the likelihood of you ever finding the domain blocked is essentially nil. Second, it works completely automatically. All you do is copy/paste the e-mail address, use it, and then the page auto-refreshes when it gets the confirmation e-mail or whatever it is you're looking for. Nice and clean.

Re:2Prong Mailinator 10 Minute Mail (1)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026334)

seconded.

2Prong is great (except it crashes my firefox 1.5 on ubuntu but who knows...probobly not their fault)

Direct Link to the site (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026012)

If you want to go to the site directly, go here:

10MinuteMail.com [10minutemail.com]

They will get banned just like bugmenot (2, Insightful)

VGfort (963346) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026020)

It will just be a matter of time before people that write forms make these email addresses not available to be registered with. I've seen some apps that already block some of the other fake email generators.

Been using spamgourmet.com for a while (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026064)

I use Spamgourmet [spamgourmet.com] and I'm really happy with it. It's kept my real email address protected for years.

yet another boring Demo launch. (1)

KeyThing (997755) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026072)

And yet another domain to add to my list of blocked domains... that much is appreciated.

If people are so concerned with their emails "getting out", then use a 1/2 way acceptable disposable email service (gmail comes to mind) and just use it to subscribe to things.

There are too many applications out there for email protection. My favorite is Hide My Email [hidemyemail.net] . It's simple, fast, and free. If someone REALLY wants to get your email, they can. To me, that's the valid part... I'm not preventing anyone from contacting me... I'm just making them prove that the contact is worth the effort.

Just my .02 cents...

Re:yet another boring Demo launch. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17026634)

I really can't see the point in HideMyEmail.net

1) you enter your real email addy (bob@sample.com)
2) it generates a url: http://www.hidemyemail.net/index.php?d=Ym9iQHNhbXB sZS5jb20= [hidemyemail.net] which you can post on forums with
3) anyone clicking that url sees your email address in plain text

I can see what it's trying to achieve, I just don't think it will work.

A generic email address harvestor will just follow the link and see you email in plain text. Flawed protection is worse than no protection at all. Lets not even think about the spammer actively targetting hidemyemail.net (google, find links to hidemyemail.net, follow each link)

If hidemyemail.net displayed your real email as an (obscured) image I could see the point, but as it is, I'd rather stick with spambob.com

Adsense TOS (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026106)

Great, yet another hole for spammers to slip through to aggrevate administrators.
"Anyhow, I'm proud," he writes. "Check it out, click on a Google ad or two if you would, and let me know what you think!"

They're going to be pretty pissed if Google cancels their account because of that little jewel.

I have special insight on this issue. (1, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026126)

Just write to me at... oh, wait, it expired. OK, just did a new one. Shoot me a note at... damn. Hold on. OK, ready. Hit me at... damn! Never mind.

Why use a throwaway email? (1)

AnalogDiehard (199128) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026290)

I use "abuse@whatever.com" to sign up. Gets the message through loud and clear.

"You currently have 1 messages." (1)

mars_rover (741702) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026466)

Oh good. I have 1 messages. I also have 1 computers, 1 kid(s) and 1 cars at home. FFS people, how hard is it to write a few extra lines of code that append an "s" to the word "message" only if you have MORE than one message???

A Question (1)

Physician (861339) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026514)

What is to keep the domains of these services from being blacklisted for use? There are already many websites that require you to use the primary e-mail address of your ISP like a comcast.net or aol.com.

that's what I thought Hotmail was for (1)

BroadbandBradley (237267) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026594)

1. Sign up
2. enter on the website in question
3. go to hotmail and sift through junk until you find the verification email.

Let me add another suggestion: (2, Informative)

StarfishOne (756076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026616)

http://www.mytrashmail.com/ [mytrashmail.com]

Very handy temporary email accounts.

is this really news ? (1)

testednegative (843833) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026682)

yawn, others provide this already. not going to talk about mailinator or spamgourmet but i will mention www.spam.la as no one has yet. thats my discardable email of choice, sure all the emails arriving @spam.la are visible on there but you can filter. simple and straighforward. and no signingup required. enjoy.

What aboyut Gmail? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026700)

I just use a gmail adress for that. Login to the site and eneter my gmailadress houghi.spam@gmail.com, go to gmail and see if it already there. If not do a refresh.

No need for me to fill out some adress I have to look up or activate first. I also don't care how much spam I recieve on that adress, as long as I can see the mail arriving. If spam is so much active, I can just make a new gmail adress.

been there done that (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026724)

check out temporaryinbox.com

DIY Onetime Addresses (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026736)

I wish there were a bot like Majordomo which would take a remote email address, generate a hash from it, create a new mailbox alias with the hash as its name, and send a message to the remote address notifying it of the new mailbox. With a note attached, either a default or one I specify when I trigger the process.

Then I could generate addresses for each remote party with whom I correspond, and delete them. I could control whether an address bounces or just consumes mail later. I could expire the mailboxes after a time period, or a message count, or both.

And I could track how the remote parties disclose my address to one another, by watching which addresses receive messages from new remote parties, without the new remote sender even seeing that the addres they used contained the ID of the party to which I originally sent it.

That app would be very useful since I manage my own mailboxes. But it would work just as well for anyone using mailboxes I manage, as long as they trust me to keep the hash lookups. They're trusting me to handle their mail, so that seems OK. So webmail providers could use it, too.

I used to do this manually, editing my /etc/aliases file. I'm disappointed it's not fully automated by now. Maybe a Slashdotter will surprise me, and tell me where the installer package can be grabbed.

Another alternative (1)

dkasak (907430) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026778)

Spambox [spambox.us] is yet another disposable email address service with one notable difference; it doesn't give you access to the box but rather forwards mail to some other address of choice. You can also adjust the time period of the validity of the address.

Already here (1)

Tylerious (836357) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026822)

Spambob.org provides a similar service already.

Similar in concept (1)

isnoop (239143) | more than 7 years ago | (#17026838)

I wrote up a simple webapp for similar purposes a while ago:
http://dodgemail.com/ [dodgemail.com]

The main difference is that you get a javascript snippet that creates time-sensitive email aliases that forward to you. They are only good for an hour or so, so they are spam proof to all email spiders except those with immediate turnaround.

Brian Livingston did a much more comprehensive writeup on it here:
http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/columns/executive _tech/print.php/3596436 [earthweb.com]
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