Updated 09 May 2019 by Max
What is Mailinator? Review
Mailinator is a different kind of email service. The biggest difference is that you don’t need to sign up. Any email name you can think of already exists @mailinator.com and you can use any of them. Want BrianTheSkink@mailinator.com? You got it. Want PrettyMothra? ScaryGavyn? No problem. Those and any other mailboxes you think of @mailinator.com are created when email arrives! Really.
How is Mailinator different than some other web email, like Yahoo or Hotmail?
Mailinator is fundamentally quite different from other services. Other services let you “own” email addresses. Not here – at Mailinator all email addresses are owned by everyone. All email is public. Also, email services like Gmail or Yahoo allow you to actually send email – Mailinator is “receive-only”.
You cannot send email from Mailinator. After several hours, all email is auto-deleted. There is no real security here.
The upside is that Mailinator does not require sign-up. Send email to a name, and the account is created automagically.
In a nutshell, other services provide more functionality but require a sign-up (which takes time, even if you falsify all the information anyway). Mailinator provides less, but requires no sign-up.
Do I want this?
Are you Kidding? YOU SURE DO !
In our internet world, you often need an email address NOW. And you probably already have an email address – and that probably works great for most emailing. But every now and then you need a quick email address for just a single email. After that you don’t care what happens to it. Given that such an email address is ready in an instant – really, it was ready even before you knew you needed it – you can avoid giving out your real email address. Instead, make up any address @mailinator.com on the spot and go check it later.
So Mailinator solves the Spam problem?
Heck no. If it solved the spam problem it would probably be called IBMinator or MICROSOFTinator or something even catchier cuz we would have sold it and we’d be zillionaires off pursuing our real dream of helping nice people like Dr. Bahutu of Nigeria who keeps emailing us asking for our help transferring some funds.
Mailinator gives you an opportunity to skirt one avenue that spammers use to spam you. It’s just one extra tool in your spam-fighting toolbox.