Mailinator, a Disposable Email Address Service

Control spam with this free option

Mailinator is a free disposable email service that offers email addresses under the domain @mailinator.com. 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 but don't want to give out your real address.

Mailinator Pros and Cons

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, so anyone can see emails that are sent there.

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

The main advantage of Mailinator is that the addresses you create have 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. 

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Create a Mailinator Address

A big advantage of using Mailinator is that it involves no setup or registration. You don't even have to go to the Mailinator website to create the account. All you have to do is make up an alias with the @mailinator.com domain and use it on the spot (for example, Rob4Lifewire@mailinator.com).

View Mailinator Emails

To view mail that is sent to your throwaway addresses, go to the Mailinator public inbox. 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 emails only for a few hours before deleting them. Other disposable email services have varying durations for how long they keep email.

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