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Summary:

If you need a throwaway email address — perhaps you’d like to sign up for an online service without providing your real email address because you’re concerned about spam — look no further than tempalias. It’s a simple service that generates a temporary email address.

If you need a throwaway email address — perhaps you’d like to sign up for an online service or community without providing your real email address because you’re concerned about spam — look no further than tempalias. Any message sent to your temporary tempalias address will be anonymously forwarded to your real email account, and you can set a maximum number of days or messages for which the tempalias will be valid. When either limit has been reached, your tempalias will automatically be deleted.

Unlike certain other, similar services, temapalias doesn’t require you to register with an account or provide any personal info (apart from your real email address), and the service is completely free — there aren’t even any ads on the site. And while there are services like Mailinator that are also free and don’t require you to register in order to use them, with tempalias your email is kept private and is sent to your personal inbox, rather than being available on the web.

How do you avoid spam?

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(via One Thing Well)

  1. Too good to be true? Maybe they are collecting email addresses for spamming purposes?
    Just based on above information, don’t have more about the company/person behind it.

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    1. Given the site’s privacy policy (http://tempalias.com/#!/privacy), I believe that’s unlikely. It’s always a risk giving your email address to anyone, though.

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  2. I tried this three times a few days ago and I have NOT received any of the forwarded emails. So they are either harvesting email addresses or it is a good idea poorly executed.

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    1. It works perfectly for me.

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  3. Hi,

    Tried it twice more today. Once with a gmail account and another with a corporate account and neither worked.

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    1. And I just tried it again (this time with a spare Hotmail account), and it’s still working perfectly.

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  4. [...] By Charles Hamilton Jul. 1, 2010, 9:00am PDT No Comments       Simon recently wrote about tempalias, one of a growing number of services that lets users create temporary email addresses. If you want [...]

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  5. I to have attempted this on a number of occasions. It refuses to forward.

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  6. I,ve put this in some sites and have never had a
    e-mail from who I sent it to.

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