How Do You Keep Your Email Address Private?

How Do You Keep Your Email Address Private?

Reader Jonathan sent us this snazzy graph he made comparing different disposable email services, which got us wondering: What you use to keep your primary email address out of the public (and spammer’s) eye.

Whether you’re signing up for a free site that requires a login or signing up for the last web newsletter without an RSS feed, handing out your primary email address willy nilly isn’t an option for most tech-savvy folk. We’ve featured many different temporary email services, and each one has its own set of pros and cons—as you can see in the chart above. Deciding which one to use depends on how important each feature is to you.

What features do you look for when choosing a method for email anonymity? If you haven’t found the perfect solution, what’s missing from the current offerings? Let’s hear how you keep your email to yourself in the comments.


  • I host a couple of domains on my Google Apps account, which is configured to deliver all unknown addresses to me.

    Then, when I’m asked for an email address by an untrusted party, I simply create one on the fly and it gets to me.

    As Google Apps is the host of the domain, I can also add any given address as a valid sender address, so I can even reply from the address I gave out.

  • My solution is to have 2 email adresses with a free email provider. My main address is to give to people I know (no machines or companies except a select few), and the second has “junk.” attached to the front my main address For example my main address is [email protected] and the secondary account is [email protected].

    I have a desktop email client so that I can check both easily. I have also attached other prefixes to the email address too. Like “newsletters.” and so on.

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