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End-to-End Encrypted Email Providers

Why end to end encrypted email?

These providers encrypt your messages from end to end, meaning from when you hit ‘send’ until it is received and they do not have the keys, so not only can they not read the contents, but they also can not surrender the keys under any government subpoenas.

Things to keep in mind:

    • All messages sent through the Internet have their metadata exposed. In order for packets of information to get to their destination, the routers need to know to whom / where to send it. This is similar to addressing the outside of an envelope with address and return address information so that the post office can deliver the mail.
    • Your emails are only encrypted end-to-end if the recipient is using the same platform. Otherwise, the message has to be exposed in order for the other party to read it. (i.e., if you send an email using one of these services to a recipient using gmail, etc). There are cumbersome ways around this, and you sacrifice convenience for privacy.
    • The use of encrypted email does not provide anonymity. Your computer still needs to connect to the Internet using an IP address that can be traced back to your computer.
    • That being said, the below providers are ‘zero-knowledge’, meaning they do not take, track or store any personal information about you, such as your name, alternate email address, date of birth, and so on. That also means that if you forget your password, you’re S.O.L.

Here’s the list:

Proton Mail

End-to-End encryption, zero access to user data, open source cryptography, with servers based in Switzerland.

price: free

Tutanota

Open source, iOS and Android apps, offers use of your own domain

price: free

ScryptMail

Open source, encrypts all messages and attachments.

price: free

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