Thursday, February 1, 2007

Faking identities

I saw this post at Read/Write Web: 55% Of People Regularly or Always Fake Their Web Identity and found if of interest. Where the poll isn't scientific it certainly gives you some idea of what people are thinking in regard to privacy. When everything you do on the Web is stored forever I don't blame folks for being cautious. I'm cautious myself. Joseph Locher from Horse Cave, Kentucky has been registering at more and more sites. I need to Google him... Which reminds me that I'm still waiting for Google to write me about my Googling.

Anyway, in the post about people faking identies I found this link to 10 Minute Mail. What a great idea. I‘m all for helping people to preserve their privacy so I‘m passing this along. This is lighter-weight and simpler than going to all the trouble of generating a fake identity. This is faster and cleaner and leaves no footprints.

Welcome to 10 Minute Mail.
By clicking on the link below, you will be given a temporary e-mail address. Any e-mails sent to that address will show up automatically on the web page. You can read them, click on links, and even reply to them. The e-mail address will expire after 10 minutes.
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!

Of course, the use of this service has little to do with spam. Most of us have learned to deal with spam (or at least our servers have. Thank you Jason!) This is 100% about privacy.

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