The most common form now of interoffice and interpersonal communication is email. (That technology driven message demon that invites you to hit the Send button well before you have reviewed your written missive, removed any potentially incriminating comments or are sober.)
Today, we will cover two areas: 1. How long are email addresses (by public email provider; i.e., Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and AOL) maintained if they are left inactive by their owners? and 2. Are there anonymous email addresses one can use, for whatever legitimate (I am sure) reason s/he might need to do so?
When will your inactive public email provider account expire?
- If you don’t login to your Yahoo email account at least once in 4 months.
- Your account remains inactive for nine months.
- Your account’s period of inactivity reaches nine months.
- Account expiry on inactivity: six months.
How To Obtain An Anonymous Email Address.
Why one would desire or need an anonymous email is a question with too many variables to answer comprehensively, and, it is not the focus of this post. Our objective is to provide a resources for the legitimate use of temporary and anonymous email. We’ve repeatedly tested and after five years, continue to use, Guerilla Mail. From their site:
Many services and web apps require you to sign up with a valid email address, and they usually check that by sending a verification email to your specified address, which, in turn, might contain a link that you need to visit for the sign up process to complete. While this seems authentic on the service’s part, most users feel uncomfortable in doing so because of the resultant plethora of spam and promotional emails that bombard your inbox. Guerrilla Mail is a web app that can solve your problem by creating a temporary email address. You can use these to receive verification and configuration emails, validate your address and rest assured that none of your personal details will be compromised as the app will discard your email address after one hour (default setting).
Every time you visit the website, it will automatically assign a random, @sharklasers.com email address that you can use for one hour. The email address will automatically expire after 60 minutes, during which you can read all emails received on this address. The one-hour limit can easily be increased using the Extend button to add an extra hour.
Once you’re done with signing up or accessing any website content, all you need to do is use the Forget Me button to remove your temporary inbox completely from Guerrilla Mail.
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As always, be safe.