This is slightly off-topic, but I’m constantly annoyed that whenever you want to simply read a news story or use their “free” service, sites often make you register and provide your name, e-mail, address, etc. I mean, it’s obvious that the only reason to do that is to (1) get demographic information for advertisers and (2) to sell your e-mail and contact info to those advertisers. Please note that MyMoneyBlog does not record or share any e-mail addresses left in the comments. In fact, an e-mail address isn’t even required to post.
I’ve already posted about BugMeNot.com, which helps this. But sometimes, BugMeNot doesn’t have the login or you might need to get an e-mail from the site. MailExpire.com helps alleviate this by letting you set a temporary e-mail address that forwards to your real e-mail address.
For example, right now I can sign up newsletters, websites, etc, and with ‘email@example.com’ and all e-mail will go to my real e-mail. If I start getting spam, I can kill the mailexpire address, and my Inbox stays clean(er).
You can choose a lifespan of 12 hours to 3 months, and change it at any time. The service is free, and I can’t find any catch, other than the fact that they now know your e-mail address. According to their privacy statement, they won’t use it for anything. Good enough for me.
By Jonathan Ping | Tools & Calculators | 4/20/05, 8:37pm