Disposable email address ?? With 5 examples

Yes, you heard that right. A disposable Email address, is an address that you can use for just some time when you need and where you do not need to give in your real email address cos you suspect that you will start receiving spam emails. Why do you need one, well if you are online as much as I am, or even otherwise, there are times when you are tempted with that Whitepaper, or a cool tool that you can use for free and you need to enter your email address to actually get it. Most of the times, you end up with spam. Even if it means newsletters, even companies like IBM/GE and the guys also send out constant emails about their achievements and monthly newsletters and such.

So whats the best way to get the both of worlds ? Get a disposable email address, its like an imaginary email address which can be used only for that activation link or that confirmation number or that whitepaper you need but not really want to risk giving away your number. These temporary email addresses, spare our real email address from spam messages and unwanted invites. So, here are some great disposable email providers that you can use it from anybody who wants to invade your privacy.

In all these five services, all you need to do is, just randomly pick one username and check your inboxes. It can help you to reduce spam messages from your inbox. I think no need of explaining all these services, because every thing is more or less same. Mainly It doesn’t require sign up and/or registration.

Disposable

Mailinator

Mint Email

10 Minute Email

My Trash Email

Please try and make use of these services to get your next disposable address so that you can avoid spam emails in your inbox.

A few Gmail tricks for the new year

All of us battle span each day, from our work emails, Gmail right down to the new Facebook Spam. If there was a service I were to recommend as the best spam free service the I would definitely recommend Gmail. The revolutionary service for web mail. I use the word revolutionary strongly since Gmail has provided so many different services and features that have just made emails so much better. And that too in a time when there were so many services providing limited features / space and options. So, well Gmail came into our lives, and I have never looked at anything else for email.

The Gmail Logo

In the software industry as a pun Software engineers began hiding small features and programs that would provide some sense of satisfaction when the user found them, they called these Easter Eggs. So the features and tips today are all based around these 3 awesome easter eggs.

Easter Egg 1 : The Second Email Address

The first easter egg is a great service from Gmail, that provides 2 email addresses for every account. One being a regular @gmail.com address which we are all used to. The second one is a @googlemail.com, email address. Yes test it yourself, send a test email to your googlemail account and check.

Example : The gmail Id which is Britney.spears@gmail.com also has a Britney.spears@googlemail.com Id which reaches the same destination.

Why is this helpful ?

You can use the GoogleMail ID to give it to your friends and family and also use this address in most of your important communication areas, like special blogs you follow .. ahem … You can use the Gmail Id for all other locations on the Internet.

Once you have done this, you can create a folder (Label)  in Gmail where your Googlemail.com emails will be directed into. In this way you can be assured that all your important email reaches you on time and you dont have to loose out any of those emails into spam.

Easter Egg 2 : Multiple Email Addresses – the Dot Trick

The second easter egg is a feature wherein your email address can be also named with the unlimited dots in them. What does this mean ? GMail allows email aliases and unlike Yahoo mail which lets you create just one extra email alias, GMail lets you create infinite number of aliases.

Gmail cannot recognize dots or periods in email addresses or the user names – that means an address like britney.spears@gmail.com is the same as b.r.i.t.n.e.y.s.p.e.a.r.s@gmail.com or britney…spears@gmail.com. This is actually a bug than a feature but you can again exploit it to have different kind of email address in your signatures.

Keep in mind that hyphens (-) and underscores (_) can’t be used in a Gmail address. Also, gmail user names are case insensitive, so it doesn’t matter if you enter upper case or lower case letters.

Why is this helpful ?

Creat different email addresses to give different people, and if you start receiving spam from a particular site, you can then block that particular email address. Interesting ?

Easter Egg 3 : The + effect

The last easter egg is a bit more elaborate. While we say above that the number of dots in an email address makes no difference to Gmail, what is also interesting to know is that you can add in characters into your email address that will also make no difference to your email address. For example, you can use britney.spears+website@gmail.com or britney.spears+blog@gmail.com and the emails will come over to the britney.spears@gmail.com account.

Why is this helpful ?

Gmail does not recognize characters after the PLUS symbol but the gmail search filter can distinguish between the different address and you can therefore redirect these email to separats gmail folders or apply different labels.

So all emails with the TO: address as britney.spears+blog@gmail.com [coming from her blog readers] can be automatically redirected to a blog folder in gmail and she can safely trash them.

However

The tip of the “+” in the address might be useless, because many websites don’t allow you to put the character “+” in a form for the registration and stuff.

Goo.gl really pushing QR Codes

How do you know that a technology is beginning to take off ? Google does something with it, thats how. After Twitter, the importance of the length of a webpage URL needed some real looking at, because you would get only 140 characters to include the URL and your message, hence the birth of the URL Shortness. Needless to say Google thought it was a good idea and came up with a similar service called goo.gl. Its been shown below that it is indeed one of the best services available out there. That is the first piece of the jigsaw.

qrcode

QR Code is something that Google has showed interest in from getting it onto the Google maps for businesses, to now a URL shortening service which generates QR codes for the shortened code. For those of you who don’t recall, a QR (“quick response”) code is a square barcode that makes getting URLs, location coordinates, any text or contact information onto a phone fast. With a barcode scanner app installed, you just point your phone’s camera at the code to read its contents.

If you’re already using Goo.gl to shorten your URLs, simply add .qr to the end of a shortened Goo.gl URL and it’ll instantly generate a QR code for you.

Once you’ve got your shortened Goo.gl URL—like http://goo.gl/aXum, which points to Lifehacker’s home page—just append .qr like so:

http://goo.gl/aXum.qr

…and you’ve got your personal QR code. Not bad.

Note: To use Goo.gl to shorten URLs, you need to be using the Google Toolbar, or you can point your browser here . You can also check out my previous post about QR Codes here.

Google Search .. you dont know anything

Having used Google search for more than 10 years now, I was really surprised when a friend of mine said you dont really know the power of the Google Search unless you know what you can do with it. These are 7 tricks with Google Search results that I am most comfortable with and use a lot. Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks.

1.  Find the Face Behind the Result – This is a neat trick you can use on a Google Image search to filter the search results so that they include only images of people.  How is this useful?  Well, it could come in handy if you are looking for images of the prominent people behind popular products, companies, or geographic locations.  You can perform this search by appending the code &imgtype=face to the end of the URL address after you perform a standard Google Image search.

  • Examples (notice the differences in each URL):
    • Image Search for Google vs. Faces Behind Google Image Search
    • Image Search for Digg vs. Faces Behind Digg Image Search
    • Image Search for California vs. Faces Behind California Image Search

2.  Google + Social Media Sites = Quality Free Stuff – If you are on the hunt for free desktop wallpaper, stock images, WordPress templates or the like, using Google to search your favorite social media sites is your best bet.  The word “free” in any standard search query immediately attracts spam.  Why wade through potential spam in standard search results when numerous social media sites have an active community of users who have already ranked and reviewed the specific free items that interest you.  All you have to do is direct Google to search through each of these individual social media sites, and bingo… you find quality content ranked by hundreds of other people.

  • Examples:
    • site:digg.com free “desktop wallpaper”
    • site:reddit.com free “wordpress templates”
    • site:del.icio.us free “stock images”
    • site:netscape.com free “ringtones”
    • site:stumbleupon.com free icons

3.  Find Free Anonymous Web Proxies – A free anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other third-party websites by channeling the browser’s connection through the proxy.  The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web browser and the third-party website you are visiting.  Why would you want to do this?  There are two common reasons:

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web.  You don’t want the admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side ban on your IP address.  Content filtering is common practice on college campus networks.  This trick will usually bypass those restrictions.

There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing.  However, this trick is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google.  All you have to do is look through the search results returned by the queries below, find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want to browse anonymously.

  • Examples:
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “start using cgiproxy”
    • inurl:”nph-proxy.cgi” “Start browsing through this CGI-based proxy”

4.  Google for Music, Videos, and Ebooks – Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos.  Open web directories are one of the easiest places to quickly find an endless quantity of freely downloadable files.  This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie!  Why thousands of webmasters incessantly fail to secure their web severs will continue to boggle our minds.

  • Examples:
    • Find Music: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “Counting Crows”
    • Find Videos: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mpg|wmv) “chapelle”
    • Find Ebooks: -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(pdf|doc) “george orwell 1984″

5.  Browse Open Webcams Worldwide – Take a randomized streaming video tour of the world by searching Google for live open access video webcams.  This may not be the most productive Google trick ever, but it sure is fun!  (Note: you may be prompted to install an ActiveX control or the Java runtime environment which allows your browser to view certain video stream formats.)

  • Examples:
    • Axis Webcams: inurl:/view.shtml or inurl:view/index.shtml
    • Cannon Webcams: sample/LvAppl/
    • MOBOTIX Webcams: control/userimage.html
    • FlexWatch Webcams: /app/idxas.html
    • JVC Webcams: intitle: intitle:”V.Networks [Motion Picture(Java)]”

6.  Judge a Site by its Image – Find out what a site is all about by looking at a random selection of the images hosted on its web pages.  Even if you are somewhat familiar with the target site’s content, this can be an entertaining little exercise.  You will almost surely find something you didn’t expect to see.  All you have to do is use Google’s site: operator to target a domain in an image search.

  • Examples:
    • Digg in Images
    • Wired in Images
    • Reddit in Images

7.  Results Based on Third-Party Opinion – Sometimes you can get a better idea of the content located within a website by reading how other websites refer to that site’s content.  The allinanchor: Google search operator can save you large quantities of time when a normal textual based search query fails to fetch the information you desire.  It conducts a search based on keywords used strictly in the anchor text, or linking text, of third party sites that link to the web pages returned by the search query.  In other words, this operator filters your search results in a way such that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages, but instead bases the search relevance on the keywords that other sites use to reference the results.  It can add a whole new dimension of variety to your search results.

  • Examples (notice the added variety between search results):
  • allinanchor:”google hacks” vs. basic search for Google hacks
  • allinanchor:”wordpress exploits” vs. basic  search for WordPress exploits

Bonus Material:

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word