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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
I'm Jess Stratton, and welcome to this week's edition of Monday Productivity Pointers. Just about any web freebie promotion or web service you can sign up for or redeem, requires a valid email address to sign up. Furthermore, you can't just put in a fake email just to get the box to go away. Because these services also like to know that you're a real person, signing up for the service with real intent to use it. So, you sign up for the service using your real email address. And that service will in turn send you a confirmation email to that email account to verify that you indeed own it.
It usually involves you clicking on a confirmation link that's sent to you via that email address. It's for your protection and the protection of others, so it is a good thing. But the problem is,that sometimes that web service you signed up for, will sell your email address to companies that will in turn send you lots of junk mail. Or, they'll send you lots of promotional email that you might not want. Sometimes, you just don't want people to know your real email address, such as transactions through Craigslist. So today, I'm going to show you how you can keep your inbox happy and still sign up for these services using another service called Guerrilla Mail.
You can see that I've got it open right now in the browser. Guerrilla Mail is a temporary email service. It gives you a throwaway email account that will keep a message in its inbox for a short amount of time. Long enough for you to get that confirmation email and click on it to verify and activate the account you signed up for. And then you can stop using the email address. So, you'll get none of the junk mail. So, I've got my web browser to guerillamail.com, and this is what you'll see the very first time you go to guerillamail.com.
There's no signup, you simply are given an email address, and you can start using it. In fact you're automatically taken to the inbox, where you can see what your email address is. And you're given a welcome message, because you're taken right to that inbox. So, we've got the email address, and I can see it's that very complex set of letters that I'm not even going to try to pronounce, @guerillamail.com. And in fact you can choose other addresses by clicking on the pull-down if you want to change it from Guerrilla Mail. In fact, you can change it to shortlasers.com also.
So, you can send an email too. If I click on the Compose button, I can enter the two of the email address. Type a subject. Create my email and then click Send and it'll go off just like any other email service. To get back to the inbox, I can just click Email. It'll take me back. Now, this is important to know because you can actually get email through Guerilla Mail. People can reply to you. This is how you get that confirmation.
In fact Guerilla Mail automatically updates itself. As you can see, there's some emails that came in while it updated. I can click on it, and it'll tell me the contents of the email and just like any other email service, I can reply. I can click back to my inbox. Now, while I've got this window open, these emails will hang around. The cool thing is, is that when I'm done signing up for the service, I can just close out of this window and pretend it doesn't exist anymore. If I signed up for an account and used this as the email address, I can still log in with it.
Because a lot of these sites use your email address as your login. The email address doesn't have to exist, but I can still use it as my login. You do have to keep in mind, though, that you won't have a means to check e-mail that the service sends you in the future. For example, if you forget your password. So, that's how you can use Guerrilla Mail, which is a disposable, temporary email address. There's actually lots of services that do this. And I'm going to show you another one in the next video, which is called, 10 Minute Mail.
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