A patent ofApple entitled “Disposable Email Address Generation and Mapping to a Regular Email Account”, Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, wants to help fight spam, by improving the use of disposable email addresses.
The latter suggests a more elaborate process for creating temporary emails that you could easily get rid of. Some people use these kinds of addresses to reduce spam. However, this process currently presents some pitfalls, as described by Apple in its patent.
Instead, Apple envisions a disposable address created by an email server, which then manages all messages and their destinations. Once your temporary email is no longer used, you can easily throw it away and take another one, which will then be associated with your permanent address.
In addition, your disposable address should contain certain information designed to monitor its use. If the latter begins to receive spam, you can then use this data to determine which recipient could have disclosed it to a spammer. Finally, Apple’s invention would be able to tell if a response to an email came from your disposable or permanent address, and juggle the process accordingly.