These days, many corporations and people for your email address. If you suspect your email address may be given out to spammers or other unscrupulous people, you can may want to use a disposal email address service. My two favorite free services are SpamGourmet and Trashmail:
SpamGourmet is a great, free service that allows you to create an unlimited number of disposal email addresses. To get started, you create a username and email address you want to be protected. You now have to ability to create disposal email addresses in this form:
where someword is a word you have never used before, and user is your username.
For example, if your user name is “greyface”, and BigCorp wants you to give them your email address, you can give them this address:
This disposable email address will work three times, and the emails will be forwarded to your real email address. After three messages, the disposal address will cease to work. You change the number of email that are sent, see the SpamGourmet website for more information.
Instead of using the domain “spamgourment” you can use the less obvious domains like “email@example.com”. Here are all the domains you can use:
Trashmail works in a similar way to SpamGourmet, but offers a few more options, such as a web interface, a Firefox Add-On and various other features listed here. There is also a paid Trashmail service which is ad-free and gives you for more sophisticated mailbox control, and online support.
Currently there are 11 domain names available which can be used for TrashMail: