Spamgourmet is a spam prevention tool that gives users a way to still give out an email address without subjecting themselves to long term spamming. The application allows users to generate a disposable email address. This can be given out when signing up for services, offers, and other opportunities that are a high risk for spam. The user can also assign a specific number of messages that they are willing to accept from the sender. Spamgourmet creates the address when the individual, company or organization sends the first message and automatically destroys it (and all subsequent spam messages) after the user’s chosen limit is reached. Advanced functions let users filter messages by watch words and view an “eaten” messages log.Show more screenshots »
Spamgourmet offers an enticing smorgasbord of simple features that can dramatically reduce the user’s chances of winding up on someone’s spam list. The application has earned many complements because it gives the user greater control over their inbox. The only complaints included the inability to create a disposable email address that never expires. Other than that, the application has proven itself to be a powerful anti-spam tool.
Spamgourmet doesn’t just filter spam email messages: it literally creates a first line of defense so those messages never make it to the user’s inbox. The application is extremely easy to use so the user can implement it quickly and with minimal effort. Users can also apply watch words and assign trusted senders so they can tailor the experience to their individual needs.
Some users may be put off at first glance. Spamgourmet features a design that is full of character, but it doesn’t feel streamlined or modern. The FAQ page claims that Spamgourmet has been offering its services for over a decade, which may explain some of the design elements. It takes a few moments and a little bit of reading to figure out what the application is and how it works. The brief time investment is worth it for the service the application provides to users who decide to give it a try.
A new user can begin by filling out the short form along the left side of the Spamgourmet homepage (inside the dark pink side menu). The user is asked to supply a username and email address. The next page asks the user to complete a Captcha code and provide a password. The user must confirm their email address before completing registration.
Spamgourmet offers its anti-spam services at no cost. Any visitor can sign up and start utilizing the application for free. There are no purchases necessary and no subscription option offered. This is a good thing because the service provided is very helpful, but also very simple. A donate link is available at the top of the homepage for users who would like to support the developers. Users can donate via Paypal, Flattr or by ordering items from the developer’s Amazon wish list.
Spamgourmet is a great tool for anyone who is concerned about spam. The application is especially appealing to those who frequently sign up for offers, services and other opportunities. The interface and design is best suited to individuals. The system works well, is easy to learn and requires almost no maintenance. Professionals may find some utility in Spamgourmet however the service doesn’t offer much in the way of business features.