10 Minute Mail offers email addresses which will self-destruct in 10 minutes. By clicking the link on home page, you will get a temporary email address (like [email protected]) that you can use for next 10 minutes. All emails sent to that address will be displayed on the web page where you got the address (You will have to refresh the page). You can even reply to the emails you receive. After 10 minutes everything is gone!

Here is what it has to say about its service,

Why would you use this? Maybe you want to sign up for a site which requires that you provide an e-mail address to send a validation e-mail to. And maybe you don’t want to give up your real e-mail address and end up on a bunch of spam lists. This is nice and disposable. And it’s free. Enjoy!

As it says this will be a nice feature to avoid spam. But what about legitimate business owners? Most online businesses collect email addresses promising something on confirmation which is called Email Squeeze Technique and will this kill it?

I don’t think so because this can be easily managed. Usually web forms verify user entered data before processing the request. For an example when you enter your email address, it is checked whether the address is in correct format. This can be done using both JavaScript and PHP which are very popular Client and Server scripting languages used in web forms.

So, it is very easy to avoid email addresses from 10 Minute Mail. All you have to do is modify the script to check whether it is a 10 Minute Mail address. This can be done as follows.

  • Split the email address at @ sign.
  • Check whether the right part equals to 10minutemail.com
  • If so, print a detailed message to the user saying you don’t accept email address from 10 Minute Mail.

Most business owners use third party services for managing email signup and those services will soon adapt this technique. If you use your own script and don’t know how to modify it then contact someone know and instruct him as above.