VSL:WEB // A better way to avoid spam

If you balk every time a website asks for your e-mail address, you’ll love Mailinator: It’s a free service that lets you surf the Web in virtual anonymity.

Here’s how it works: When you don’t want to use your Yahoo or work e-mail address to register at a site, you simply invent a Mailinator address (e.g., trixie@mailinator.com), and you’re in. The beauty of Mailinator is that you don’t have to provide your personal information (the way you do with, say, a Yahoo account). The app creates an inbox to absorb all the spam you don’t want, and you won’t have to worry about your real e-mail address ending up in the hands of marketing agencies and scam artists. It’s like checking into a hotel under an assumed name — and checking out with no paper trail to worry about.

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VSL:WEB // A better way to avoid spam