Mailinator, a Disposable Email Address Service

Control spam with this free option

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What We Like
  • Addresses are easy to use and don't require any setup before use.

  • There is no connection to your real email address.

  • Alternate domain names are available as alternatives when mailinator.com addresses are blocked.

  • Mailinator provides an unlimited number of email addresses for everybody to use.

  • You can access a Mailinator address simply by entering the username.

What We Don't Like
  • Mailinator is useful only when you don't really want to get mail.

  • All Mailinator mail is public; anyone can see emails that are sent there.

  • Emails sent to Mailinator are temporary and will disappear after a few hours.

Mailinator—a disposable email service—offers any email address you can think up under the domain @mailinator.com, and then pick up the mail at the Mailinator site. Use your Mailnator address to sign up for websites, register software, post to message boards, or in any other situation in which you need an email address quickly but don't want to give out your real address.

The advantage here is that there is no connection to your real email address, so when registration email lists get into the hands of spammers—whether accidentally, through hacking, or because a list is intentionally sold to spammers—you're protected from getting spam. 

All Mailinator Addresses are Throwaway Addresses

The other big advantage to using Mailinator is that it involves no setup. Mailinator requires no registration; just make up an alias with the @mailinator domain and use it on the spot.

Getting mail that is sent to your throwaway address is easy: Log in at Mailinator with the email address. Since nobody uses a password, Mailinator is useful only when you don't really want to communicate. All mail sent to Mailinator is thereby public, meaning that any message that goes there can be accessed by the general public.

Mailinator keeps email only for a few hours before deleting it. Other disposable email services have varying durations for how long they keep email.