Frequently Asked Questions
What is Email Monster?
Email Monster is a service which lets you create an unlimited no. of temporary email addresses, all of which automatically forward emails to your real email address.
Email Monster additionally lets you to turn each of these temporary email adresss on or off whenever you like and digest all emails from senders or aliases you choose, to a single digest email that will arrive on a monthly/weekly basis, thus removing newsletters clutter in your inbox during the week/month.
Why would I want to use Email Monster?
Temporary email addresses are a great way to:
1. Protect your real email address by keeping it private.
2. Stop spam from entering your inbox.
By allowing you to create unlimited temporary email addresses, Email Monster allows you to provide a unique email address for every person or online service you interact with. Later on, if you wish to stop receiving email from a particular individual, company or online service you can simply disable the disposable email address you created for them, leaving all the others intact. In effect you now have fine-grained control over who gets to send you email, all without ever having to reveal your real email address!
Additionally, Email Monster can hold the emails for newsletters, announcements, product updates, and emails in recurring pattern and can send them to you in a single digest on a weekly or monthly basis, allowing you to unclutter your inbox automatically during the week/month.
How does Email Monster work?
When you sign up for Email Monster you will set yourself a username. From then onwards, emails sent to anything@(your username).eml.monster will be forwarded to your real email address.
For example, if your username is dan then emails sent to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc will all be forwarded to your real email address.
Any time you need to give your email address to someone (e.g. when registering on a new website) you can instead give them an alias address created on-the-fly, thus keeping your actual email address private.
For example, if your username is dan and you are registering on nytimes.com, then you could use the alias firstname.lastname@example.org to register. An email received at email@example.com will be transparently forwarded to your email address with the sender unknowing.
When you wish to stop receiving email from a particular sender you can login to our dashboard and simply turn off that specific email alias, leaving the others enabled. Thus you can block spam or unwanted messages on a per-alias basis.
How is Email Monster better than other masking / temporary / disposable email services?
Most other similar services require you to pre-create the alias address prior to use.
They often provide browser extensions to automate this process, though can never be as flexible as Email Monster which lets you create aliases without needing any additional sofware. And indeed, this is Email Monster's awesome feature, you can create aliases on-the-fly.
Because Email Monster forwards all received email to your real email address you can keep using your existing mail client to read your email, unlike other services which require you to use their website.
When you need to turn an alias off (or back on) you can easily do so via the dashboard or a link in the top of the email. Most other services do not offer this feature since their aliases are very short-lived in the first place.
Finally, Email Monster lets digest all email from senders or aliases you choose, to a single digest email that will arrive on a monthly/weekly basis, thus removing newsletters clutter in your inbox during the week.
What is an alias?
In Email Monster, an alias is another name for a temporary email address which transparently forwards all received email to your real email address.
For example, if your username is dan then all email received at firstname.lastname@example.org will transparently be forwarded to your real email address.
Email Monster lets you create an unlimited no. of aliases by simply changing the prefix (the part of an email address before the @).
For example, if your username is dan then email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc will all transparently forward the received emails to your real email address without letting the sender know what it is.
How do I create a new alias?
Once you have registered with Email Monster and chosen your username, you can create a new email alias on-the-fly when you need to give someone your email address.
For example, if your username is dan and you are registering on nytimes.com then you could use the alias email@example.com to register. An email received at firstname.lastname@example.org will be transparently forwarded to your email address with the sender knowing.
If/when they send you an email, Email Monster will automatically forward the messages to your real email address and the alias used will show up in your dashboard.
To test this process out simply send an email to test@(your username).eml.monster and then check that the test alias appears in the dashboard.
Does my real email address truly remain private?
Yes! It is not possible for a sender to work out your real email address from your Email Monster address.
Are the aliases really unlimited?
Yes! there is no limit to the number of aliases you can create. For real.