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Spamtrap

July 24, 2003

http://www.mailinator.com/mailinator/Welcome.do

This looks quite useful. It's basically a free service which allows you to use an instant, temporary email address when registering with sites or services that you suspect will sell your address to spammers.

It works like this:

When you have to give your email address, you enter [any name]@mailinator.com

When en email is sent to the address you chose, the mailinator server creates that email account and makes it visible online to the world.

You (and anyone else) can then check what gets sent to the account.

All the rest of the details are available here:

http://www.mailinator.com/mailinator/Faq.do

Sounds like it could be a useful renewable supply of spamtrap addresses, although you wouldn't want anything private going there. In the long term, however, I'll bet that spam-harvesting sites and services start rejecting mailinator addresses. Still, make hay while the sun shines, eh?


Posted by Jonah at July 24, 2003 2:55 PM