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DDOS Against 10MinuteMail

You may have noticed 10MinuteMail was unavailable for a few minutes over the last couple of days. 10MinuteMail recently came under a DDOS attack which locked up the site a few times. Most of the malicious traffic came from the Netherlands, Germany, and to a lesser extend other European countries and the USA. Initially I dealt with it by generating a list of the malicious IPs and adding them to my block list. However, the DDOS kept spreading (botnet?) so I finally did what I should have done ages ago, and tuned my CSF/IPTables firewall to block DDOS patterns. So far so good:)

I have NO IDEA why anyone would be attacking 10MinuteMail. It’s very odd.

10MinuteMail Reviewed at MakeUseOf.com

10MinuteMail was briefly reviewed in MakeUseOf.com’s article on Five Free Temporary E-mail Services to Avoid Spam. You can read it here:

They also have lots of other interesting articles.

It’s always nice to see your work mentioned favorably, so feel free to review or mention 10MinuteMail on your sites:)

10MinuteMail Update

I’ve just launched a few minor changes to 10MinuteMail which will hopefully improve the user experience.

– I’ve moved the explanatory text off of the home page to an About page.
The old index page was way too text heavy, and was frankly badly written (I didn’t use a copyeditor and once it had been translated into multiple languages changing it would be difficult). Most of my visitors are returning users, and they already know what the purpose of the site is. The rest can use the About page if they can’t figure it out. The new index page gets you right to the action, no clicks needed.

– I’ve removed the “copy address to clipboard” link, and replaced it with a pre-selected address.
The old JavaScript and Flash based clipboard manipulation code has been blocked by most modern browsers due to security concerns, so it wasn’t very useful. The new setup makes it easy to just hit the Copy command and you have the address on your clipboard. No mouse work needed.

– I’ve swapped out the e-mail domain.
Changing the e-mail domain keeps the spam coming into the server more reasonable.

– I’ve added a few links to the bottom of the page.
These aren’t ads, they are links that I want to share. Mostly they will be projects of mine, or my friends, or good causes. Check them out!

Ideally it should mean less mouse clicks, less time on the site, and make it easier for people to make use of the service.

What is your opinion on the changes?

10MinuteMail Performance Improvement

After having a clearly better approach to mail delivery pointed out to me by a friend yesterday, I pushed a new version of 10MinuteMail out last night. End users shouldn’t notice anything different, but behind the scenes the mail acceptance and delivery is MUCH higher performing. There should be less incoming mail delays, slow pages, and less domain changing. Inactive e-mail addresses will return a bounce notice now, as they probably should have done from the start.

I apologize for the delivery issues yesterday, before I made the change, the amount of incoming junk was really slamming on the server. Hopefully that’s a thing of the past now.