If you’re disappointed of Gmail and you’re looking for a private solution, just to be sure that your emails are not read. There are keywords that are scanned by Google, which is said that it’s collaborating with companies that start sending spam emails with content related to the keywords that you’ve used when writing a message to a friend. So, if you’re tired of deleting spam emails and you no longer want to receive them, then the only option is to go for an alternative email service that is more secure. We’ll give you a list of the most popular ones.
It was created by three MIT students from Harvard and released in 2013. This service uses client-side encryption and emails are protected before they’re sent to the servers, which are located in two locations from Switzerland. The users need to enter two passwords: one for logging into their accounts and one for decrypting the mailbox and they can set encrypted emails to self-destruct after a period of time. In October 2015 there were 500,000 users and soon, the service will be available as an application for iOS and Android. The best thing about ProtonMail is that’s totally free.
The application can be used on iOS and Android devices, it has a user friendly interface and it’s been around since 2012. The service sends encrypted emails, featuring end-to-end “NSA-proof” encryption. However, the encryption is done on the user’s device, not on the company’s server, and another disadvantage of Tutanota is that it limits you to 1GB of online storage.
This service is 17 years old, being the former Opera-owned mail client and now it has the servers located in New York and Amsterdam. YubiKey is used for generating a different password every time you’re logging in, so this measure of protection is ideal when using public PCs. This service isn’t free, and it’s based on storage. So, for 250MB of online storage, you’ll pay $10 per year, and for 60GB of storage you’ll pay $120 per year. If you want to try FastMail for free, you’ll have a trial of 30 days.
This service uses Cloud for security, so the users can collaborate with their friends on the same project, no matter where they live in the world. Kolab Systems AG, the Swiss creator, offers server-side encryption and it allows users to set up multiple identities, which is illegal in other countries. For the single email service, the users will pay $4.80, while for the group accounts, they’re charged $9.50 and they can pay using their PayPal and Bitcoin accounts.
The service was launched in 1999, it still has a minimalistic interface and offers PGP-encrypted e-mail, file storage and vanity domain service. The recipient can easily decrypt the message using a public encryption key, which is provided by the sender, but if the recipient uses a different service, he/she will be given a password hint and the password is correct, the message will be opened.