What is Mailinator?
Mailinator is a public email service. The biggest difference from other email services is that you do not need to sign up to use the public Mailinator site. Nobody owns any inbox because they are all public. Any email you read here can be read by anyone else in the world. In other words, Mailinator is a website that accepts emails for absolutely any address @mailinator.com.
Any email you can think of @mailinator.com is created when email arrives! From there, the Mailinator website then lets anyone read any of those emails. No signup. No privacy. No ownership. All public. Use any inbox you want â even if 100 people are using it too!
So that's it? It's a "public" email system?
Yes, but there are a few other differences:
- All emails are automatically deleted after a few hours. Once they're deleted, they're gone forever.
- You cannot send email from Mailinator. It is a "receive-only" system.
- No attachments. Mailinator removes all attachments from emails in the public system.
Sounds cool. How do I sign up?
You don't. First of all - know that you don't need to. You can access any email in any public inbox without signing up. Just type in the inbox name and go! Unless you're interested in a paid subscription (see below), you can't (and don't need to) signup for Mailinator to view any inbox or read any email. If you choose to sign-up, you'll get your own personal inbox where you can save emails for later (remember, they otherwise auto-delete). You can also save your favorite Mailinator inboxes in a list so when you come back later they're just a click away.
Ok. I want someone to send me an email at Mailinator. What inbox should I use?
The simple answer is any one you want. How about email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org? Seriously - there are trillions of choices. Note that popular names like email@example.com have been used by thousands of users over the years and that email address is probably on thousands of spam lists. Check out that inbox if you want to see a nice collection of the spam it received today.
I need an email that the system deleted - can you get it back for me?
As mentioned, the Mailinator system automatically deletes email after a few hours (new incoming email pushes out old email so exactly how long depends on how much email Mailinator is getting at any given time).
Email in the public system is only stored in RAM - not to disk. When it's deleted by the system or by a user - It's GONE FOREVER.
I received an email from a mailinator.com email address. Can emails be sent from Mailinator?
Mailinator cannot send email. There is no place in the website to send email.
If you received an email from an address at mailinator.com, it's likely the "from" address was forged.
Does the public Mailinator system track my usage?
Mailinator does not keep logs of access to the website. (We also do not use Google Analytics)
Any user may read any email without sign-up, passwords, or personal information. Mailinator does not store identifying information about user access (i.e., IP address). Mailinator has been this way for many years.
Note however - this is subject to change if compelled by law enforcement.
Also note - this statement is specific to the Mailinator public site (i.e., addresses at mailinator.com). It does not apply to private domains (paid subscribers).
So what data does the public Mailinator system keep?
Mailinator tracks real-time data to detect abuse of our website and bans abusers or specific emails when appropriate.
Several days of aggregate data that show website-usage trends is kept. No identifying information is present in this data.
Some emails are kept for spam analysis. This is far less than 1% of total email volume and may only extend an email's life to a few days. No email lives longer than that. Some data is kept around incoming email trends.
What is a "Private Mailinator"?
You can sign up to have your own private Mailinator (using your own domain). Just like the public Mailinator, you can receive email at any inbox in the entire domain. However, unlike the public Mailinator, you can also send emails from any inbox in the entire domain. Millions of inboxes at your fingertips. Additionally, you can access those emails via API or an enhanced Web UI that allows you to see the entire domains (every inbox or a wildcard subset!) in one User Interface.
What are some of the features I can access by subscribing to "Private Mailinator"?
- Your own "private" Mailinator. Mailinator will assign you a unique (private) domain when your subscription starts. If you prefer, you can change that domain to any domain that you own (like say, "myQAteam.com") and point them at the Mailinator email system. All emails sent to that domain will work just like the public Mailinator system except they go into a private inbox only your team can see. In fact, you can see every incoming email (to all incoming inboxes) that comes to your Private domain Super-Inbox.
- With a paid subscription, you get API access inboxes and emails programmatically. This is perfect for using a Mailinator email flow in an automated testing framework. For example, you can completely automate your website's sign-up flow including the "click the link in an email to verify your address".
- Private SMS - some paid plans get a private SMS number. This works just like private email except of course, any text message (instead of email) sent to that number arrives in your team inbox.
- No attachments. Mailinator removes all attachments from emails in the public system.
So it's like an entire Mailinator system, but just for my domain?
Yes, Mailinator will assign you a private domain (i.e. it will be something other than "@mailinator.com") when your subscription starts. Or you can set your own (e.g., xerox-qa-team.com). Follow the instructions on the settings page to point the Mail Exchange (MX) record of your domain to the Mailinator servers. Again, all email sent to the private domain is readable only by your team.
Wait, so every single email is in one inbox?
Yes. That's the Team Inbox ! The good news however is that your Team Inbox allows you to filter based on a specific inbox (i.e., "bob") or wildcard queries on inboxes (i.e., "test*"). Your choice - see one inbox at a time, or see thousands at once!
What Information Do We Collect?As described in detail below, we may collect certain identifying information from or about you in connection with your use of, or your submissions to, the Website (collectively, the "Collected Information"). Collected Information includes, without limitation, any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home, business, or other physical address, business name, a phone number, an email address, employer name, employer information (i.e., employer address and other identifying information), and credit card number (and related information such as expiration date). Mailinator uses the information we collect to provide the services that are available via the Website.
Cookies and Usage ReportsBy placing a small file known as a "cookie" on your computer (or other device), Mailinatorâs and its third party service providersâ servers passively gather information about all visitors' use of the Website for several reasons, including, but not limited to, the following: statistics collection and analysis, Website optimization, analytics (as described below), market research, and maintenance of user login information. The information that we and our third party service providers track with cookies includes, but is not limited to, the type of browser (such as Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) and Internet-connected devices being used to access the Website, your Internet protocol ("IP") address, your home domain or Internet service provider, your referrer URL (which is the URL for the website that you were viewing prior to visiting the Website), how you were directed to the Website, which specific pages you access on the Website, how long you view each page, the time and date you access our Website and the total number of visitors to the Website and any portions thereof. We, and/or our third party service providers, may use the information collected from cookies or similar files on your computer for security purposes (such as authentication), to facilitate site navigation and to personalize your experience while visiting the Website. This data helps us and our third party service providers improve our respective product and services.
Most popular Internet browser applications will allow you to configure the browser so as not to accept cookies. However, setting your browser to reject cookies may, in certain instances, prevent you from taking full advantage of the Website (or some portion thereof) and its capabilities, or cause some features of the Website to function improperly or more slowly.
Some of the areas of the Website may contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes known as clear gifs) that allow Mailinator, and its third party providers or affiliates, to count and track users who have visited certain portions of the Website. Web beacons collect only limited information and do not collect any of your personal information.
CorrespondenceWe appreciate your questions and comments about the Website and welcome your messages at our our support email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you correspond with Mailinator through the Website or via email, the Collected Information may include the content of, and metadata regarding, any correspondence you may have with us. We may share your messages with those within our organization who are most capable of addressing the issues contained in your message. We may archive your message for a certain period of time or discard it.
How Can I Opt-Out of Promotional Correspondence?We may send you emails with promotional offers only if you opt-in to receiving such emails. If you would no longer like to receive information, newsletters or other promotional messages from us, please click the link at the bottom of any such email you receive from us and follow the instructions, or alternatively you may contact us, email@example.com with the word "UNSUBSCRIBE" or "REMOVE" in the subject line. Your email address will be removed from our marketing list. Please allow us a reasonable period of time in order to satisfy your request, as some promotions may already be in process.
Online Account ManagementIf you elected to subscribe to any online services provided via the Website, including the ability to access any password-protected areas of the Website, you will be required to submit personal information (including some Collected Information) for the purpose of verifying your identity and your authority to manage the account. This Collected Information will be used by Mailinator, our agents, suppliers and third-party service providers for internal use, to respond to your service requests and for any other lawful purpose.
(1) you expressly authorize Mailinator to do so,
(2) it is necessary to allow Mailinatorâs service providers, agents, or other third parties to provide products or services for or to Mailinator,
(3) it is necessary in order to provide the Website or the services,
(4) Mailinator is sending you other information that may be useful to you,
(5) subject to applicable contractual or legal restrictions, it is disclosed to entities that perform marketing services on Mailinatorâs behalf or to other entities with whom Mailinator has joint marketing agreements,
(6) it is necessary to protect the confidentiality or security of your records,
(7) it is necessary in connection with other business purposes including, without limitation, verifying identity, age, and/or payment details, investigating complaints about the Website, risk assessment, security, fraud and crime prevention/detection, monitoring, research and analysis, marketing, customer purchasing preferences and trends and dispute resolution,
(8) it is necessary to comply with law enforcement, governmental mandate, or other legal requirement, if appropriate, for your protection or in connection with an investigation or prosecution of possible unlawful activity;
(9) subject to applicable contractual or legal restrictions, it is necessary in connection with a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of Mailinator or the merger of Mailinator into another entity or any consolidation, share exchange, combination, reorganization, or like transaction in which Mailinator is not the survivor, or
(10) it is otherwise necessary for Mailinator to disclose it as required or permitted by law.
For the private upgraded Mailinator plan, it will be necessary for us to share some of your Collected Information with the third party payment processors in order to process your requested transaction. We do not sell, rent, or lease our user lists or the identity of individual users to third parties. However, Mailinator may use and disclose certain aggregated, anonymized information, such as Website usage data, to our trusted business partners. Such information may also be shared with other users or the general public for advertising, informational, or comparison purposes. However, such information shall not be personally identifiable to any user.
As Mailinator grows and develops its business, it is possible that its corporate structure or organization might change or that it might merge or otherwise combine with, or that it or portions of its business might be acquired by, another company. In any such transactions, customer information generally is, and should be expected to be, one of the transferred business assets. Also, if any bankruptcy, liquidation or reorganization proceeding is brought by or against us, your information may be considered a company asset that may be sold or transferred to third parties.
What Choices Do You Have?When submitting information, corresponding, making requests for information, and otherwise interacting with Mailinator and its representatives through or in connection with the Website, you choose what information to supply or submit, whether you wish to receive further information, and how you may be contacted. Please take care to share only such information as is needed or that you believe is appropriate. Any promotional email we send to you will contain a link which will allow you to opt out of receiving any further correspondence. If you have created an online account, you may also change your correspondence preferences by logging into your account. You may disable your online account access at any time; however, this will not necessarily result in the deletion of any Collected Information.
If you are using the public Mailinator system, you should have no expectation of privacy because anyone can read any email received and posted in any mailbox. Please do not use the public Mailinator system for anything that you want to keep private.
Note the inherent design of the Public Mailinator system provides no privacy. All emails sent to this system are readable by anyone and in the public domain.
ChildrenThe Website is intended for a general audience and is not intended for use or view by children under 13 years of age without parental consent, and we do not knowingly collect information about children or sell products to children. Consistent with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, you must ask your parent or guardian to assist you in using the Website.
Whom Can You Contact For More Information?If you have any questions or suggestions about the Website, Mailinator, our services, or our privacy practices, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ownership of the System and Access LicenseYou understand and agree that Mailinator owns, or (where required, appropriate, or applicable) has been licensed by third parties to use, all right, title, and interest in and to the System and the Services, and all information, text, data, computer code, music, artwork, databases, graphics, images, sound recordings, audio and visual clips, logos, software, and other materials contained therein, and the compilation, collection, design, selection, and arrangement thereof (collectively, the âContentâ), as well as the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, âlook and feel,â and arrangement of such Content.
You acknowledge that the System and the Services are proprietary to Mailinator and are protected by applicable intellectual property and other proprietary rights, laws, and treaties of the United States and other countries, and that you acquire no ownership interest in the System or the Services by accessing and using either. For the avoidance of doubt, âContentâ does not include any Third Party Materials (as defined below) or any features, opportunities, or services made available through third party websites.
Use of the System and Services
Mailinator reserves the right to do any of the following at any time without notice: (i) modify, suspend, or terminate operation of or access to the System, the Services, or any portion thereof, for any reason; (ii) modify or change the System, the Services, or any portion thereof, and any applicable policies or terms; and (iii) interrupt the operation of the System, the Services, or any portion thereof, as necessary to perform routine or non-routine maintenance, perform error correction, or make other changes.
You represent and agree that all information that you provide to Mailinator in connection with your access to and use of the System and the Services is and shall be true, accurate, and complete, to the best of your knowledge, ability, and belief.
Any use or attempted use of the System and/or the Services (i) for any unlawful, unauthorized, fraudulent or malicious purpose; (ii) that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server, or the network(s) connected to any server; (iii) that could interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the System or the Services; (iv) to gain unauthorized access to any other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any server or systems through hacking, password mining or any other means; (v) to access systems, data or information not intended by Mailinator to be made accessible to a user; (vi) to attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available by us; or (vii) for any use other than the purpose for which it was intended, is prohibited.
In addition, in connection with your use of the System and the Services, you agree you will not:
(a) Upload or transmit any message, information, data, text, software or images, or other content that is unlawful, immoral, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, or otherwise objectionable, or that may invade another's right of privacy or publicity;
(b) Use the System or the Services for any criminal purposes;
(c) Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others or impersonate any person or entity, including, without limitation, any Mailinator representative, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
(d) Upload, email, or transmit any material that you do not have a right to reproduce, display or transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as nondisclosure agreements);
(e) Upload, email, files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel-bots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer or property of another;
(f) Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels that you upload to any communication feature;
(g) Use any of the Systemâs or Servicesâ communication features in a manner that adversely affects the availability of its resources to other users
caps, or flooding continuous posting of repetitive text);
(h) Upload, email, or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, âjunk mailâ, âspamâ, âchain lettersâ, âpyramid schemesâ or any other form of solicitation, commercial or otherwise; (i) Violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;
(j) Upload or transmit any material that infringes any patent, trademark, service mark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
(k) Delete or revise any material posted by any other person or entity;
(l) Probe, scan, test the vulnerability of or breach the authentication measures of, the System or any related networks or systems;
(m) Register, subscribe, attempt to register, attempt to subscribe, unsubscribe, or attempt to unsubscribe, any party for any products or services if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so;
(n) Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses; (o) Use any modified versions of the System or the Services, for any reason whatsoever, without the express written consent of Mailinator;
(p) Attempt to gain any unauthorized access to the System, the Services or any of its associated Content, including computer systems, software, or networks; or
(q) Use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated or manual means to access the System or the Services, or copy any Content or information thereon.
Accounts, Passwords, and SecurityIn order to utilize certain Services, you may need to set up an account (including establishing a login ID and password). You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account information, including your login ID and password, and for any and all activity that occurs under your account or login ID. You agree to notify Mailinator immediately upon learning of any unauthorized use of your account, login ID, or password or any other unauthorized access or breach of security. However, you may be held liable for losses incurred by Mailinator or any other person or entity due to another person using your account, login ID, or password.
You may not use any other userâs account, login ID, or password at any time without the express permission and consent of the holder of that account, login ID, or password. You may not transfer or assign your account.
Mailinator cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these obligations. If you are under 18, you may use the Services only with involvement of a parent or guardian.
Representations and Warranties You represent and warrant that any information, materials, software, or data that you submit to or through the System, or that you access, use, download, or otherwise obtain on or through the System, are: (a) up-to-date, accurate, complete, reliable, truthful, and suitable to and appropriate for the purpose for which they are intended; and (b) free of viruses and other disabling devices and destructive routines.
DisclaimersYou acknowledge and agree that your use of the System and Services is at your own risk. The information, software, CONTENT, SERVICES, or materials available from or provided on the System or via the Services, ARE provided âAS ISâ and âAS AVAILABLEâ, without warranties or guaranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, and any warranties implied by a course of performance, course of dealing, or usage of trade. IF YOU USE THE FREE, PERSONAL, DISPOSABLE EMAIL INBOXES, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALL EMAILS SENT TO THOSE INBOXES ARE PUBLIC AND MAY BE READ BY ANY THIRD PARTY. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY OR CONFIDENTIALITY WITH RESPECT TO SUCH EMAILS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT YOU SHARE, AND FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUBMITTING OR POSTING THE SAME. MAILINATOR DISCLAIMS ANY DUTY TO MONITOR PUBLIC FORUMS, AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED THEREON. MAILINATOR AND/OR OUR THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS DO NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT OR COVENANT THAT THE SYSTEM AND THE SERVICES ARE OR WILL BE PRIVATE, CONFIDENTIAL, ACCURATE, CURRENT, COMPLETE, FREE OF TECHNICAL AND TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, secure, RELIABLE, OR APPROPRIATE FOR ANY PARTICULAR USE TO WHICH YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY MAY CHOOSE TO PUT THEM, THAT THEY ARE OR WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED AND ERROR-FREE BASIS, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SYSTEM AND SERVICES ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER DISABLING DEVICES OR HARMFUL COMPONENTS. MAILINATOR PERIODICALLY AMENDS, CHANGES, ADDS, DELETES, UPDATES, OR ALTERS THE SYSTEM AND THE SERVICES WITHOUT NOTICE. FURTHER, MAILINATOR ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT OF THE SYSTEM OR THE SERVICES. MAILINATOR SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY DUTY TO UPDATE THE CONTENT, OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION ON THE SYSTEM OR THE SERVICES.
Typographical ErrorsThe System and the Services could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Mailinator shall have no liability in connection with any such inaccuracies or errors, nor shall Mailinator have any obligation to identify and/or correct any such inaccuracies or errors. Links to Other Websites
For your convenience, certain hyperlinks may be provided on the System and Services that link to other websites or social media platforms which are not under the control of Mailinator (the âLinked Websitesâ). Mailinator does not endorse or sponsor any Linked Websites and is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, content, or any other aspect of the Linked Websites. Mailinator disclaims all liability for such websites, for all access to and use thereof, and for use of the links to such websites. We also disclaim all liability, and make no representations or warranties, with respect to any products or services made available, sold, or provided to you by any third party. Your use of Linked Websites and any purchases of products or services from such Linked Websites are subject to the terms and conditions of such other websites. You agree that you will bring no suit or claim against Mailinator arising from or based upon any such use of any Linked Websites. Hyperlinks to such Linked Websites on the System and Services do not imply that: (a) Mailinator is affiliated or associated with any Linked Website; (b) Mailinator is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo, or copyright symbol displayed in connection with or accessible through such links; or (c) any Linked Site is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo, or copyright symbol of Mailinator.
Links to the SiteNeither you nor any other website may link to the Site without the permission of Mailinator. In any event, without our express, prior, written permission, it is expressly prohibited to: (a) âdeep linkâ to any page of the Site other than the home page; (b) âframeâ the Site or any Content or otherwise cause the Site or any Content to appear in a window with any other material that does not constitute Content; (c) cause the hyperlink to the Site, or the Site or any Content, to be displayed in any way that is disparaging to Mailinator or any entity that is affiliated or associated with Mailinator; or (d) otherwise imply or state that any type of relationship or special arrangements exist with Mailinator and any other entity. You agree that you will promptly remove any hyperlink to the Site upon the written request of Mailinator. In no event will you use any logo or trademark of Mailinator as a hyperlink âbuttonâ, or in any other manner, without Mailinatorâs express written consent.
Disclaimer of Third Party InformationTo the extent that any information, material, or functionality on the System and Services is provided by third party content providers (âThird Party Materialsâ), Mailinator has no editorial control or responsibility over such Third Party Materials. Therefore, any opinions, statements, products, services or other Third Party Materials are those of the applicable third party. Mailinator does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, statement or other information provided by any third party (including any Submissions), or represent or warrant that your use of any Third Party Materials will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with Mailinator.
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