Get Disposable Identities & Keep Your Real One Safe

Get Disposable Identities & Keep Your Real One Safe

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Taryn Williford
Jan 7, 2009

It seems like every site you visit is making you register your info and sign up for a login. (When it gets to the point that we have to log in to check the weather, we'll quit the internet forever.) Sure, it's easy to come up with a fake name and email address on a whim, but what do you do when they start asking for your mother's maiden name and credit card number? Or even worse, when they want you to verify an email address or phone number? Well, you get yourself a disposable identity, email and digits...

  • Disposable name and address generator FakeNameGenerator is a fun tool for quickly generating fake but legit-sounding names and contact info (no more "John Smith" for the thousandth time. Choose your "home" country and specify what kind of name you're looking for (Chinese, American, Indian, etc.) and you'll get back an identity complete with a birthday, credit card number, UPS number, SSN and your fake mom's maiden name.
  • Disposable email account here are plenty of sites out there that provide instant disposable email for any 'fishy' registration form or sign-up. Try Spamex, where a random email address will be automatically generated and copied to your clipboard. You can either bookmark the location of created inbox and use it on a regular basis or be devilishly wasteful (without the green living guilt—we're talking about bytes here!) and get a new email for every new article on a newspaper Web site.
  • Disposable phone number iNumbr gives you an anonymous disposable phone number that can be set to forward all incoming calls to any provided landline or mobile number in the US. Absolutely free, it's an ideal solution for times when you want to keep your number private but want to list a contact number on Craigslist or Facebook.
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