Innovation on the internet is growing by the numbers. This one I am trying to post here is quite a few years old and you might be already using it.. if you are not... why not, read about it.
Pookmail.com is an innovative idea/technique, in a website, where you, me, and every body, even machines, nuts, bolts, plants, and bears have always had an email id and some of us only don't use it.
firstname.lastname@example.org and that's a valid email id that you can use and check your emails.. and this is one place where you get no crap like email_id already in use, select another.
How pookmail works:
Firstly, your mailbox is not yours.. its everybody's. There could be a 1000 users using the email id email@example.com, and any of them could read mails actually targeted to you, or you could read mails targeted to them.
How is this useful? Its useful only to avoid spam.. not to email your friends or receive mails from them.. Please don't have it on your business card, or neither try using pookmail id for any useful purpose.
An example usage:
An example would be in subscribing to a demo service by some company, and you use firstname.lastname@example.org. If the company sends any verification mails, you could go to pookmail, read that mail, and get your verification done. if you liked that company's service, and you trust them, you probably could use their internal system to change your email contact to a valid different email id.. or else ignore them and be safe that they dont know your email id and all their spam (if they send) will go get dumped in the pookmail servers. pookmail servers delete all mail which are 24 hrs old. and nobody gets to delete a mail through their interface.
The service is free...no strings.. no registrations.
What use it would be if pookmail.com asked you to register for their service and you need to give them your email id and hope they dont spam you??.. so at pookmail they don't ask you email id or anything at all.. you type some_id, unique or not, and you see the mail's inbox without owning the box, logging in or remembering any password stuff.
Recently, pookmail launched features to reply to mails from their interface, which could be an important upgrade since some strangers on the web ask you to reply from your email Id to verify your authentication.. and you don't want to trust them with your email id as yet.
Repeating again... DON'T interestingly use pookmail to communicate anything to anybody, or give a pookmail id for a paid service, because people could be looking into your mail and hijacking your paid service into theirs.
The answer to SPAM email is multi-fold.. and never exhaustive enough techniques are available to protect anybody from SPAM in totality. But, when we know of systems that can help avoid spam, (at least when we know some websites could send us spam but still we want to give them our email address) we can use these techniques to safegaurd our interests.