Any web regular has probably had the experience of being asked for an email address that serves a purpose at the time, but can only lead to no good later on. Here’s a perfect example: I was recently shopping around for auto insurance and went to one of those websites that do a price comparison of all providers. In order to get the results, I had to provide an email address. Fair enough, but once I have the information I’m after, I don’t want my email address to be used for spam.
Here’s how to prevent that scenario: Create a disposable email account.
10 Minute Mail
is a website solely for this purpose. Go to the site, click “Get My 10 Minute Mail e-mail address,” and, voila, there it is. Copy and paste the address into your online form; then return to the 10 Minute Mail web page. By refreshing the page, you can access messages as they arrive in a handy inbox (a “Give me 10 more minutes” option lets you extend your use of the address).