in the last 18 months, you've probably created more accounts online than ever before in your life, right? Whether to buy a cool item in a digital store or to subscribe to one streaming service I wanted so much. However, there is a danger behind so many entries: the distribution of personal information: Even a simple email address or phone number can lead to spam, data breach or digital harassment.

One way to protect the personal data of both individuals and companies is to use the “burners“, random data that can be generated in various ways. These identity tools generate disposable email addresses, credit card and phone numbers, all of which can help protect your main accounts while you do almost anything online.


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"Burners" protect your inbox...

If you spend a lot of time online, you probably have dozens of accounts spread across the internet, with sites and services ranging from online stores where you bought it once to networks that require your email address to "confirm your registration" — let's face it, you've probably already given your “” to countless companies and people who may have spammed your inbox.

Well, know that there is a program that generates “burners” so you can save your email — and personal data — from so much pain. O SimpleLogin generates a meaningless random address that forwards all the content sent to your real inbox. And the coolest thing: if an account gets a lot of spam, you can just block it and start with a “new fake email”.

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With SimpleLogin, you can protect your email. Image: Reproduction/New York Times

The "burner” is great for shopping sites or receiving newsletters (newsletter) from a company without worrying whether retailers will sell your email address or personal data to other services.

SimpleLogin also has some basic security features that we want for any service, including support for two-factor authentication and encryption.

The free plan offers an inbox that works more like a traditional email service, but for $30 a year (about R$153), the user can do it. upgrade for a plan with unlimited addresses and even your own “fake” domain name.

Some similar alternatives of “burners" for email are the Anonaddythe Firefox Relay (Exclusive to Firefox browser) and “Hide my email” option on iOS devices.

… and self-destruct

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MailDrop, the self-destructive email. Image: Reproduction/New York Times

Sometimes you just need an inbox with no real security that self-destructs after a few minutes. This is useful when you need, for example, to subscribe to a website to get a discount code or read a news story.

O Maildrop is a nice option of “burner", since the tool is, in fact, an email that can be reused by other users who access the site.

Beware though: since anyone with the URL can view the inbox, you shouldn't be using Maildrop for anything personal, but it's a great option when you just need to “click a link and go”.

Some similar alternatives are the 10 minute mail and the Email On Deck, which have better privacy protections to prevent someone from breaking into your disposable email, but are not as simple to use as Maildrop.

"Burners" and Credit Cards

Privacy replaced your credit card with a “fake”, but the amount is still taken from the original source. Image: Reproduction/New York Times

There is "burners” that protect all of your credit/debit card data — that is, you give an “alternative” number to the store, buy the item (which is normally charged to your account), but never give out the actual data.

This is the case with Privacy. The service allows you to create up to 12 numbers per month to "impose" your credit/debit card, and the best part: you can block each one of them whenever you want.

The tool also gives you the option to set spending limits or set a single-use card. The free Privacy account is enough for most people (since the company makes money off transaction fees and corporate offers), but for $10 (almost R$52) a month you get up to 36 numbers a month, refund on certain purchases (cashback) and the ability to hide a merchant's name from your bank statement.

Some large companies in the industry also offer “burners” similar, like the Citibank and other banks. Google Pay and Apple Pay also have systems in which they create a random, temporary card for each transaction, which is useful for security, but not always an option for online retailers.

Google Voice: your (fake) phone number

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Google Voice protects your phone number. Image: Reproduction/New York Times

O Google Voice is the simplest way to get a second phone number, which is useful for several reasons. Most people have had the same numbering for decades – something you might not want to share with everyone like a date you arranged on Tinder or a delivery service. that is, a number fake is useful for these types of situations, as well as for signing up for services. various online and apps that require your phone.

Every Google account gets a toll free number. You can download the Voice app (available for both Android and iPhone) and receive calls and text messages there, or even have calls automatically forwarded to your regular number. And, of course: if you need to "burn" (he understood the meaning of "burner” now?) the number and start again at any time, you can do that.

Some alternatives to the service are the Skype, it's the Hushed – the last is paid and costs, on average, R$25.

The “burner of burners”: MySudo

Want the complete set? Go from MySudo. Image: Reproduction/New York Times

If you want everything above in one package, MySudo can please you. The tool is an application for smartphones that provides “burners” for email addresses, phone number, and up to three disposable credit cards (iOS only) ​​per subscription priced from $10 a year.

With MySudo, you set up individual profiles, called “sudos”, each with their own inboxes for email, text messages, credit cards and phone call lists. In addition, the service retains incoming text messages and emails for as long as you like, making it a good dump site for certain types of appointments and online purchases.

Source: The New York Times

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