Denseman on the Rattis

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Temporary email addresses

Slashdot were running a story about 10 Minute Mail today. Basically, it’s a web page that gives you an email address that only lasts ten minutes.

It’s extremely useful because lots of other web sites requires you to provide an email address, but you can’t be sure they won’t spam you later. Also, to get a permanent email address with Yahoo! or Hotmail or whoever, you normally need to provide a valid email address to get started, so this provides a nice starting point.

However, this also means it’s a very useful way for spammers or other bad guys to cover their tracks, so I wonder whether this web page will remain available, or whether there’ll be pressure to get it shut down…

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