An e-mail address that expires after ten minutes might sound a little pointless on its face. It’s actually incredibly handy, as evidenced by the fact that 10 Minute Mail is far from being the only such service.
10 Minute Mail provides you with a randomly generated e-mail address within a Web browser. You can send, receive, and reply to emails during that window, and you can request extra time using a link on the page. That’s wonderful, because signing up or creating an account for virtually anything on the Internet requires the use of an e-mail address for validation. That also means unwanted e-mail in the future, if you’re not careful with which checkboxes you tick and which ones you don’t. Instead, you can use a throwaway for the validation step, and be done with it. Needless to say, that’s not going to be practical in every situation, but if it proves useful in even one situation, so much the better.
Such a service could prove useful for those who need to send secret, anonymous emails. That might mean good things or bad things, but if it represents one more way to beat getting tracked online, then I’m all for it.