The term “anonymous email” can refer to many products that either temporarily or permanently shield your actual email address or provide you with a disposable email address. Let’s take a look at the different types of anonymous email, what separates them from each other, and how each can be most effectively used.
Why use an anonymous email address?
One of the biggest misconceptions about anonymous email addresses is that they are only used for unsavory criminal activity. In reality, they’re a prudent method for protecting online privacy and shielding yourself from spam. Anonymous email addresses allow you to do the following:
1. Sign up for different accounts that require an email authentication without giving out your actual email address
2. Keep your social sites free of your actual email address
3. Protect other accounts (because if one account with a particular email address is compromised, all other other accounts would be protected if you used a different email for the different websites)
4. Decrease spam by giving an email out that you can simply delete or block future emails to
According to a June 2013 survey we ran of 1055 adult US Internet users, 96% of people sign up for online accounts with their real, primary email account. Of this same group, we found that on average users create 3.61 “junk email accounts” used to catch spam. If this sounds like you, note that anonymous emails, in all their forms, provide a quick and simple solution to keep your email private and reduce the hassle of juggling multiple email accounts.
What are the types of anonymous email?
Pros: Disposable or temporary email addresses are just that: they are for one-time uses such as when you are forced to create an account to access a part of a website that you may never return to later.
Cons: You probably won’t be able to return to the inbox after a period of time. Inboxes may also be open to the public and may be shared by multiple parties if you happen to create and use the same fake email address.
Pros: Permanent shielded email address providers allow you to use a fake email address and have messages sent to a private inbox.
Cons: If you already use a major email provider like Google Mail or Yahoo Mail, you will have to switch to a new inbox or forward the email address from the permanent shielded address to your actual inbox.
Our newest product MaskMe combines the best features of both the disposable/temporary and permanent anonymous email providers by doing the following:
1. Create unlimited disposable emails that forward directly to your current email address
2. Block/Allow future emails from a particular sender with the click of a button right from your inbox
3. Create emails on the fly – MaskMe will autofill any email field with either a Masked email, or your actual email address
4. Use MaskMe for “non-shady” websites too, like social networks or financial institutions; your Masked Email will not be deleted without your approval