Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away

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  1. HardOCP News

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    I can think of as many ways to abuse this idea as I can legitimate uses. What do you think? Good or bad idea?

     
  2. Hop-Scotch

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    Phone won't load the link, but how is it any different then the way people use hotmail/yahoo/gmail accounts anyways?
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  3. Nokia

    Nokia [H]ard|Gawd

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    I can only imagine this being abused badly by spammers.
     
  4. WillC310

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    Nothing new to Yahoo Plus mail users (as pointed out @the end of the article). YM+ basically allows you to create a root alias then sub-addresses based off that alias.

    For example, say my (real) email was john.doe@yahoo.com. With Yahoo Mail Plus you can create a alias of jd29212 then from there you create sub addresses (jd29212-hothardware@yahoo.com, jd29212-frys@yahoo.com, etc) that you give out. The important thing is that the alias does not actually reveal the real address.
     
  5. Joe Average

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    10MinuteMail is what I use if a "throwaway" email account is necessary - they literally create one, it lasts for 10 minutes, then it's tossed/deleted forever. Comes in pretty handy...
     
  6. Void

    Void [H]ard to Tame

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    Well I guess its fine for people who might actually use Hotmail, lol. But I do see it getting abused just like with Gmail and most of the others that aren't issued out by your ISP.
     
  7. Toothball

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    Somebody already said it but... how does this differ from what Hotmail is used for now?
     
  8. Dylan80

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    There are easily 50+ easy to find sites like this, some even MUCH easier and take seconds to make a spammy site signup email for temp reasons..... and most spammy profit link sites do not allow using email as spam for their site, or they block/cancel all your spam profits, read the fine print if you're one of those spammer assholes.

    But yeah, nothing new... hotmail/microsoft being behind the ball as usual, and out of touch with things they think are "new" when infact are very old. Microsoft is almost becoming a sort of yahoo in most tech business ideas they come up with recently...... almost pathetic and makes you think who they have hired over there, truly :rolleyes:
     
  9. hardware_failure

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    Maybe they figure that if they give people with throw-away-email and other less than positive intents an easier way to do their shiznit, it will keep their main email system cleaner. Sorta like how some cities have clinics where people can legally go shoot up heroin and things like sterile needles etc are provided.
     
  10. Ualdayan

    Ualdayan [H]ard|Gawd

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    Used mytrashmail.com for years, they even change the mailto domain every year or so in case places have blocked it that want to spam you and don't want to let you put in temporary emails.
     
  11. Killermac

    Killermac [H]ard|Gawd

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    Ok so you make it real easy for the terrorists....Interesting...So if i want to plot bad things i have a throw away phone, throw away email ahh nothing changes..It just get easier.
     
  12. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    so essentially, you'd be spoofing your real email address, right?
     
  13. GJSNeptune

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    Someone from the [H] I think made disposableinbox.com. That's what I usually use. But I've always wanted a temporary email that lets you make outgoing emails first.
     
  14. I thought thats exactly what Hotmail accounts were for anyway, throw away spam accounts.
     
  15. GJSNeptune

    GJSNeptune [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Not even! :D
     
  16. huddy

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    That's what I made mine for!
     
  17. kubla_khan

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    I don't get it. Really. Who couldn't make as many email addys as they wanted to anyway, particularly web-based. I always considered hot mail, yahoo mail, gmail, etc. as throw-aways anyway, and wouldn't take an email addy seriously unless it was ISP-native in the first place. Anyone worried about having their IP attached to a web-based addy has to be a noob.
     
  18. WorldExclusive

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    Just have two accounts. One for business and one for spam i.e. store advertisements.
    I have three. Personal, business and spam.
     
  19. Acoustique

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    So if someone makes an account somewhere with a phony email, and then discards that email without changing the email linked to that account can i aquire that phony emails name and then get the password details of the other user emailed to me through password recovery?
     
  20. Pishk

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    Yeah this is nothing new. I always use mytrashmail.com, and there are plenty of others out there as some people have mentioned. I figured most people online would have clued into this sort of thing years ago?
     
  21. Gnasher

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    There are already services on the internet that provide temporary email so Microsoft providing such a service too is no big deal, it just gives people one more option to use.
     
  22. DeathPrincess

    DeathPrincess [H]ard as it Gets

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    Since msn messenger stopped requiring a hotmail account I've never seen a reason to have one.

    Especialy since gmail and yahoo mail have more space (well they did at the time don't know now) have less stupid adverts and are just better...

    So basically its gone form being a throwaway to sign up to the messenger, to a throwaway.
     
  23. Gnasher

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    But some games require a live account and the only way to get that is too open a live.com email account, which is hotmail.
     
  24. DeathPrincess

    DeathPrincess [H]ard as it Gets

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    I signed up to games for windows live with a gmail account. Which apparently needed one.
     
  25. xxEIEIOxx

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    This is a pretty stupid idea. I thought they wanted to reduce spam, and then they do this.
     
  26. paladinsama

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    Other e-mail services allow you to create e-mail aliases with your account. If somebody abuses one address, and Hotmail receives a report of the abuse, they will close the account with all the associated aliases. In not way these system is going to be beneficial for any spammer.
     
  27. PleasantlyBlue

    PleasantlyBlue Can't take it straight. GAY?

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    noticed a similar option for att(partnered with yahoo for email services) on sub-account management pages that is named disposable addresses
     
  28. rudy

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    You guys are so pecemistic.

    A calculator, you can find them everywhere and in everything so how is one in windows different? The fact it is in windows is what makes it more useful. The fact you do not need to find it. As they said now you can just create them right in your hotmail. Yes in the hotmail is not the number 1 email provider but in other countries and in certain circles it is. Also hotmail has far better support for languages in some other countries. Also if they make it easier to find or more visable more people will use it who were not aware of the tactic. Think realistically about every single product microsoft, apple or google has ever made, what is new? NOTHING they copied everyone else usually smaller less known firms or bought them out. But the fact that they packaged it all together for you into a single product is what gives it value. So yes this is a good idea.

    Also yes gmail and many email clients allow you to create aliases with a - in it but so what all the spammers figured that out and just goto the root account anyway. With a true alias containing no - they will not be able to figure out the root account. And if it is easier for you to make them and manage them you will gravitate toward using that service more.

    Also all apple does is advertise features everyone else already has most of the time but it works and other companies should take a tip for that and realize that most consumers do not know much of anything and if you do not remind them of a feature every year the mass market will forget or never know.
     
  29. Retronym

    Retronym Something big is coming.

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