Check out our new Beta site

We have been working hard to improve the 33mail website over the last few months and are close to releasing the fruits of our labors. The new site looks very similar to the old one but it has been completely rebuilt from the ground up using the same technology used to build Facebook. The new UI is more functional and much snappier to use. It will also make it much easier for us to add new features in the near future.

Features of note in the current beta release include :

  • Single page design which makes for a much snappier user experience
  • Full ssl support
  • Updated alias management tool33mail search
  • Simpler Block / Hide buttons33mailblockhide

We would love to hear your feedback on the new site and if you run into any bugs so check it out at https://beta.33mail.com. If you do find a bug please let us know at support@33mail.com stating your username along with your os and browser versions.

33mail Pro – For our power users

We have just added a new account type, 33mail Pro.

It offers the following :

  • 500MB monthly bandwidth limit
  • 100 anonymous replies per day
  • Up to 5 custom domains
  • All premium features

All for the low low cost of $50 per year or just $25 per year if you pay with Bitcoin.

We hope that this will keep our power users happy.

Change your username, but only once.

We often get requests from users that want to change their username as they were not aware that it would be part of their 33mail email addresses when they originally signed up. To accommodate these users we have added a section to the Account Info page where you can change your username. You can only change your username once and when it is changed it is irreversible and any mails sent to your old username will NOT be forwarded onto you.

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Anonymously reply to 33mail emails

We are happy to announce that we have just deployed anonymous reply as a Beta feature for all users.

When you’ve enabled anonymous replies on your account, you will be able to reply to the sender of emails without revealing your real email address to them.

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As a lite user you will be limited to 1 reply per any 24 hour period. Premium users have a much higher limit. To enable anonymous reply just login to your dashboard and go to Account Details. You will then see the Reply Settings section where you can enable Anonymous Reply and set a reply name which will be shown to anyone you reply to.

We would love to hear any feedback you have on this feature along with any problems or praise.

If you are not currently a user then sign up for 33mail here.

Two better habits when registering for websites

Hands up how many of you use the same password for more than one website? How many of you use the same password for most or all websites?

Hands up how many of you use your actual email address when signing up for websites?

If you raised your hand for either or both of these, we need to talk.

Let’s say you sign up for a website, and you give them your email address (perhaps a gmail account), and then give them a password that happens to be the same as your gmail password. It is now trivial for them to hack your Gmail account and spam your friends.

Even if you only sign up for reputable websites, they can be hacked, as happened recently with Gawker. Anyone who used the same password both for their email and for Gawker was immediately exposed, and their email address probably found its way onto hundreds of spammers mailing lists.

Additionally, let’s say you use several passwords (my previous approach). You then run into the problem that you often forget which password you used where, so you have to try several of them (potentially revealing all your passwords to an unscrupulous website).

Another annoyance is that some websites have weird requirements for passwords, often they must be at least 8 characters in length, and contain a mixture of letters and numbers. If your default passwords don’t meet these criteria then often you have to modify them somehow, or pick new passwords entirely, and then of course you can never remember which variations you used for particular websites.

So what to do? A simple approach I use, which isn’t foolproof, but which is a big improvement over what most people do, is to base my password in some way on the domain of the website I’m visiting.

For example, let’s say you are coming up with a password for plentyoffish.com. One approach you might take is to start with the last 4 letters of the main part of the domain in reverse order, capitalizing the final one. And then add an additional 4 characters that you’ll always remember – ideally a combination of letters and numbers. Here are some example passwords following this scheme (using “5yty” as the final 4 characters in each case):

Website Password
plentyoffish.com hsiF5yty
www.google.com elgO5yty
facebook.com kooB5yty

While initially it might take you a few seconds to figure out the appropriate password for any given website, with a little practice it quickly becomes second-nature.

The good thing about a password scheme like this is that these passwords will meet the criteria of even the most fussy websites, because they are 8 characters in length, I’ve never seen a website that required more than 8 character passwords. Additionally, the passwords contain a mixture of upper and lower case characters, and numbers.

Now please don’t copy the exact approach I describe here. Perhaps instead of taking the last 4 characters of the domain, take the 2nd, 4th, last, and 2nd last – or something like that. It doesn’t matter, so long as you remember it.

Of course a weakness of this approach is that someone looking at your password for their site might be able to reverse engineer your system, but this involves a lot more work on their part than if you use the same password everywhere.

If you are concerned about this you could make your system more difficult to reverse engineer by, say, incrementing the letters you take from the domain name, so “abcD” becomes “bcdE”. Of course, this is at the cost of making it more difficult to figure out the appropriate password for an appropriate domain.

And what about having to give websites your real email address?  Simple!  Don’t give them your real email address!

33Mail gives you your own domain, like @john.33mail.com.  Next time you visit a website that asks for your email address, instead of giving them your real email address, just make one up especially for them. For example, if the website is blahblah.com, you might give them blahblah@john.33mail.com.

You don’t need to do anything else, 33Mail will create an alias automatically the first time they try to send you an email, and we’ll forward any emails they send to you.

Later, if blahblah.com start to send you emails you don’t want, or even if they sell your email address to a spammer, just click on the link that we add to the top of every email we forward, 33Mail will kill their alias, and they won’t bother you any more.

Sign up for 33Mail.com to create a new email address for each website.

PS. You’ll also be able to figure out which website sold your email address so that you can warn other people!

33m.co a new shorter domain for the lazy among us

We have invested in a new domain for 33mail users to play with namely 33m.co. You can now create your 33mail addresses @<username>.33m.co which will save you from typing 4 characters every time you use a 33mail address (unless, that is, you use the 33mail bookmarklet or the 33mail chrome extension). That’s a massive 40% saving for your fingertips, and will surely add to your keyboards longevity.

Cue the landrush for one and 2 character usernames, I assure you there are some still available.

Introducing the 33mail Chrome Extension

We have just released the initial version of the 33Mail Chrome extension here.

The main purpose of this extension is to make creating a 33mail alias as simple as possible. Whenever you visit a site and the extension detects an email address signup field it will automatically fill in an appropriate 33mail alias saving you the trouble of doing all that typing. You can also choose to have it not auto-fill the email address fields and rather only fill it when you click on the handy button in your browser bar.

We already find the extension very useful and hope that our users do too. We would love to hear your feedback and feature requests for the extension so leave a comment here or on the extension page here.

Get free premium by inviting only *2* friends!

Based on conversations with our users, we’ve decided to drop the number of referrals required for a free year of our Premium service from 5 to just 2!

All you need to do is to make sure that your friends sign up using your referral link, which you can find at the bottom-right of your dashboard page.

So what are you waiting for?!  Time to start evangelizing!

The dashboard gets a much needed revamp

We have just deployed a new dashboard home page is now live with what we hope is a clearer explanation of how to use 33mail along with some css3 rounded corner goodness (note that Internet Explorer users will be stuck with square corners until Microsoft gets its act together).

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We hope to deploy further widgets to the dashboard page in future to give at a glance useful information such as bandwidth usage and most used aliases. Any feedback on the new layout, good or bad would be much appreciated.