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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:47 PM

This free service will provide you with a temporary address for 15 minutes. Helps to keep your real address to yourself, but still access free downloads.

http://www.guerrillamail.com/

Worth a look.
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#2 Andrew

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 05:43 PM

Firefox users can install the my-spambox addon which makes getting temporary addresses even simpler (IMHO) through http://spambox.us

Addon at mozilla.org: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4343

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:58 AM

that's good, but i think most of forums will ban all these services, so users would not be allowed to register with such email adresses. I even think that most of well-known forum engines will include that ban-list by default soon. With a kind of auto-updating list of domains. So, imho, cool idea, but will work for very limited period of time.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:42 PM

Another option you can use is to add information to your actual e-mail address.

According to the e-mail address standards (RFC2822), you can add information to an e-mail address which is ignored by the mail delivery system. To do this, simply add the info after the account name and before the @ symbol using the + sign. Like this:

billybob+foobar@something.net

The actual address is billybob@foobar.net and will be delivered to that mailbox. The added info "foobar" is ignored by the mailer daemon. You can use this along with a custom filter to automatically redirect incoming mail to a specific folder or to delete it upon arrival.

Some e-mail providers (like Yahoo) don't support this aspect of the standard, however I know that GMail does.

Using Gmail, for example, I could set up a filter that said any mail sent to billybob+bleepingcomputer@gmail.com get sent to my Bleeping Computer folder. Or, should Grinler one day piss me off (unlikely, I think; he's too nice, and charming and hansom and smart and...) I could change the filter to automatically delete such messages without me ever seeing them.

The point of all that is so that you can sign up on a website and use an address like billybob+Spam@gmail.com and create a filter which moves all mail sent to billybob+spam@gmail to your spam folder.

Or, you can use the site's name instead to see whether that site is selling your address to spammers. If you start getting a lot of spam addressed to billybob+bleepingcomputer@gmail.com, then you'll know that Grinler has likely been replaced by an evil android who is selling user's information (I consider this to be a valid concern and urge Grinler to invest in some ant-evil-anrdoid spray.)

Of course there are websites which don't support this standard, just like some e-mail providers don't. Yet another argument on why standards-compliance is an important thing. Even so, it's a nifty trick to add to your arsenal.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:50 AM

Using Gmail, for example, I could set up a filter that said any mail sent to billybob+bleepingcomputer@gmail.com get sent to my Bleeping Computer folder.


How do you create folders in Gmail? Or you meen labels?

Edited by Konstantin, 24 December 2008 - 03:50 AM.


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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:11 PM

How do you create folders in Gmail? Or you meen labels?

erm... yup. 'Labels' is what I meant. :thumbsup:




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