Disposable addresses in Yahoo Mail

Have you ever wanted to sign up for a mailing list or buy something off a website without providing your actual email address? You can with disposable addresses.


What's a disposable email address?

It's an alias for your email address that you can use if you don't want to reveal your "real" email address.

Uses can include:

  • Spam control - If you start getting spam, just delete the Disposable Address to stop it.
  • Privacy - Choose a unique sending name per address.
  • Organization - Filter emails by alias to separate folders.
  • Anonymity - Sign up for online vendors, mailing lists, and other Internet services without your real information.

Getting started

Disposable Addresses consist of a "base name" and a "keyword" and appear as: [base name]-[keyword]@yahoo.com.

Your account supports one base name and up to 500 keywords are attached to that base name.

+ Creating a base name

The base name is the first part of your disposable address and will be the same for each of your addresses.

  1. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Small gear icon | select Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Create base name.
    - If you've created a base name, click Add to create additional keywords.
  4. Enter a base name in the pop-up window.
  5. Click Create.

You'll return to the Security Settings page and your base name will appear to the right of "Disposable Addresses."

+ Creating your keyword

You can create up to 500 keywords. The keyword distinguishes each disposable address you create from each other.

For example: With a base name of "Homer," you could create "Homer-handyman@yahoo.com," "Homer-deliveries@yahoo.com" and so on.

  1. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Small gear icon | select Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Enter the keyword in the field next to your base name.
  5. Select the folder where emails addressed to your disposable address will be delivered to.
  6. For emails sent to this address, enable or disable:
  7. Make any changes to your "Sending Name."
  8. Click Save.

The new email address will be added to your Disposable Address list.

+ Sending and receiving with Disposable Addresses

Sending email

To send a message from a disposable address:

  1. Open a draft message or create a new email.
  2. Click the drop down menu beside "From."
  3. Select the disposable address from the list, then compose and send the message.

Disposable Email Address from menu

Receiving email

Messages sent to your Disposable Addresses will be delivered right to your Inbox or the folder you selected when you created the address.

+ Editing a Disposable Address

You can edit your sending name and where messages are delivered for the Disposable Addresses you've created.

  1. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Small gear icon | select Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Select the Disposable Address.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Update your information.
  6. Click Save.

+ Deleting a Disposable Address

You can delete any address you've made if you want to stop receiving emails sent to it.

  1. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Small gear icon | select Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Select the Disposable Address.
  4. Click Remove.
  5. Click OK to confirm.

The address will be deleted and emails sent to that address will no longer be received.

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