Disposable Email Addresses (DEAs) are email addresses that are anonymous and have a very short life span. They are especially helpful to use on websites that require registration. Students can use them to create temporary accounts that they can dispose of very easily and without endangering their digital identity. As the Guardian noted “most DEAs are not particularly secure, so it is not advised to use these services to send sensitive information – rather, use them as a way to avoid giving away your own information in situations where you are obliged to do so.”
Here are the two popular Disposable Email Address tools as recommended by the Guardian:
Guerrilla Mail gives you a disposable email address. There is no need to register, simply visit Guerrilla Mail and a random address will be given. You can also choose your own address.
Mailinator is another DEA tool that provides you with the email address you want. Unlike Guerrilla Mail, Mailinator emails are used only to receive in-coming mail. You can not use them to send email. Also, emails in Mailinator last only for a short time for they are auto-deleted after a a set of time. Malinator does not require a sign-up, you simply send email to a name and the account is automatically created.