Last Updated Aug 12, 2008 7:13 PM EDT
Here's a super simple mail proxy service that Web Worker Daily just clued me in on. The site of Akapost.com is borderline unusable, but the service it provides is awesome. (Besides, once you sign up on the site and follow these instructions, you basically never have to go there again.)
Here are the basics of how it works. To keep your real email address (or addresses) confidential in the future, you associate them with an akapost address (say, email@example.com). Then, whenever you want to send an email that looks like it's coming from that address (with no way to trace it back to your real address), all you have to do is add ".akapost.com" to the email address you're trying to reach. (Dgoldenberg@bnet.com becomes firstname.lastname@example.org.)
It's pretty simple, and is a great way to stop (or at least easily filter out) spammers and other time wasters in the future. Plus, it's kind of fun to have an anonymous alter ego.