Why Get A Disposable Email Address?

by Barbara J. Feldman on April 4, 2008

If you’re wondering why you should get a disposable email address, there are a number of great reasons why you should think about getting a disposable email address. Here are some tips on getting a disposable email address, why you should get a disposable email address, and how you can get a disposable email address.

What is a disposable email address?

Let’s start off by talking about what a disposable email address is. A disposable email address is also known as DEA. A disposable email address is a different way to manage your email that you receive. The way that disposable email addressing works is that you set up a new email address for each and every email contact that you have. Then if anybody sells your email address to a spamming company or abuses it in any other way, you can just cancel the email address and you won’t lose any of your other contacts. The only person you have to tell is the person with whom you used that particular disposable email address.

Basically, what disposable email addressing does is that it sets up a different disposable email address for every combination of senders and recipients. Disposable email addresses are most frequently used in situations when you are signing up for discussion groups, chat rooms, file hosting services, bulletin boards, or online shopping. A disposable email address is a great way to protect your privacy from businesses that may sell your email address to other companies, such as spamming lists and companies. If you decide that you no longer want to participate in the particular chat room or bulletin board, you can simply delete that particular email address. If you are worried about particular companies and the way that they will use your email address, then you can use a disposable email address for all of your communication and dealings with that particular company.

More reasons to get a disposable email address

Because a disposable email address is only used for one particular contact, then it is easy for you to see where any spam or phishing is coming from. Then you can determine how much you can trust that particular person or that particular company. You can also manage your disposable email addresses so that any emails that you trust can be forwarded to a real email account. Then any disposable email addresses that you believe have been compromised can either be immediately deleted, sent to a particular folder, or so on and so forth.

Another good reason to use a disposable email address is that if you ever change addresses, then you only have to notify one contact that you have a different email addresses, instead of worrying about contacting all of your different email recipients.

There are, of course, some downsides to using disposable email addresses. For example, if you want to use a disposable email address for a forum that you are participating with or a wiki that you want to contribute to, a lot of different administrators won’t be very comfortable because it will be difficult for them to control members and know who the members are. Trolls are particularly fond of disposable email addresses, because they are so difficult to trace and if they have been banned from a particular forum or site, they can try to get around the ban by using a disposable email address.

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Feldman, Barbara. "Why Get A Disposable Email Address?." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 4 Apr. 2008. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/395/why-get-a-disposable-email-address/ >.


  • http://www.midave.com May

    Thank you for your sharing.
    Perhaps giving list of DEA will be good too.
    Just my 2 cents. :)