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14 Best Privacy-Focused Email Services in 2019

Best Privacy-Focused Email Services
Written by Martins D. Okoi

We’ve covered emails in a lot of our articles ranging from titles about the best email marketing services to Android email clients and several wonderful email client apps e.g. Mailspring. And while we have covered some email services that respect users’ privacy individually, we haven’t ranked them into a top list before.

Today, we’re placing our focus to the top email service applications you can use in 2019 thus my list of the best privacy-focused email services. It is a mixture of free, paid, open-source, and closed-source applications arranged alphabetically.

1. CounterMail

CounterMail is an online email service designed to provide users with maximum security and privacy without the hassle of boring configuration settings.

With it, you can access your email account remotely via an automatically encrypted layer thanks to the awesome OpenPGP encryption protocol it implements. Its feature highlights include MITM protection, Diskless web servers, dynamic aliases, anonymous email headers, built-in passport manager, custom domain name, multi-platform support, and compatibility with Android phones.

Countermail is free to try for one week after which you will have to shell out about $29 every 6 months depending on your payment rate. Before you cop this one for yourself it’s important to know its few drawbacks which are its limited storage capacity and inability to send encrypted emails to non-users.

CounterMail - the secure email provider

CounterMail – the secure email provider

2. Criptext

Criptext is a decentralized private email service that enables users to send encrypted emails using the Open Source Signal Protocol Encryption among other nifty tasks such as real-time email tracking, unsend emails, support for macOS, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS, and a beautiful User Interface across platforms.

There have been rumors about subscription plans coming to Criptext with extra features for advanced users but for now, it is completely free. If you’re familiar with Signal, the privacy-focused messaging app then you will be comfortable using Criptext.

Criptext - secure email built on privacy

Criptext – secure email built on privacy

3. Disroot

Disroot is a free platform that provides online services based on strong principles of privacy, freedom, decentralization, and federation. They offer users no tracking, ads, profiling, or data mining in several services not limited to an online email client, cloud storage using NextCloud, document editing using Pads, decentralized instant messaging, and a private online and open-source paste bin. Disroot is 100% free to use.

Disroot - Private Encrypted Email

Disroot – Private Encrypted Email

4. Hushmail

Hushmail is a popular email service provider geared towards business owners and organizations. It offers users the ability to read and compose emails online and with their smartphones with important features such as a beautiful UI, email encryption, secure web forms which are personalized and can be built using a drag-and-drop builder, built-in web hosting, and ready-made templates.

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Hushmail is free to try for 14 days after which you’re restricted to using its @hushmail.com domain address and managing relatively limited storage space. Anything more and you’ll have to use Hushmail for Small Business or purchase any of the several other licenses.

Hushmail - Hushmail - Enhanced email security

Hushmail – Hushmail – Enhanced email security

5. Librem Mail

Librem Mail is a decentralized end-to-end encrypted email service offered in the Librem One suite, a suite of connectivity applications provided by Purism. Boasting a beautiful modern UI, it is not free and the company charges at least $7.99 for the complete app bundle.

Librem Mail - encrypted email service

Librem Mail – encrypted email service

6. Mailbox.org

Mailbox.org is developed and maintained by several companies bent on maintaining a space where users can communicate securely and freely.

Its features include custom domain name, aliases, cloud storage, anonymous usage, encrypted data transmission, ease of use, ad-free email inbox, servers located in Germany, 2GB storage space, mobile sync, etc. all for as little as €1/month. It also offers Team Mail and Business Mail subscription models for €2.50 and €25.00 respectively.

Mailbox.org - Encrypted Email Service

Mailbox.org – Encrypted Email Service

7. Mailfence

Mailfence offers users with end-to-end encryption for sending messages with features such as 2-factor authentication, a spam blocker, calendar and file storage apps, digital email signatures, and an ad-free environment, among other features. Its free model gives users access to 500MB emails, 500MB documents, 1 group, support via email, two-factor authentication, and 1000 calendar events. The paid packages start at €2.50/month.

Mailfence - Secure and private email

Mailfence – Secure and private email

8. POSTEO

POSTEO is an open-source email, calendar, and address book application with an emphasis on privacy and security. Coupled with that fact, it runs on green energy, supports OpenPGP Encryption, and charges £1 /month billed annually.

If you’re ready to ignore it not offering custom domains, you get an ad-free experience with an upgradable 2GB storage space, personal support, and anonymous online payments.

POSTEO - Secure ad-free Email

POSTEO – Secure ad-free Email

9. ProtonMail

ProtonMail is an open-source Switzerland-based email service provider that emphasizes complete privacy, user anonymity, and data security. ProtonMail is a convenient choice to select because of its simplicity and ease of use coupled with support for keyboard shortcuts, PGP keys, rich text formatting, no ads, and no logs.

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The free version gives users access to 500MB of storage and 150 emails per day. Its Plus and Visionary packages offer extra features such as priority support, custom email aliases, built-in VPN protection, etc.

ProtonMail - free encrypted email

ProtonMail – free encrypted email

10. Runbox

Runbox is a Norway-based company committed to providing users with privacy and security-focused email service that is flexible, stable, sustainable, and fully-featured. It is designed for businesses and corporations that don’t want their activities monitored nor their data mistakenly getting into unauthorized possession.

Runbox - Secure and Private Email

Runbox – Secure and Private Email

11. SCRYPTmail

SCRYPTmail is a paid end-to-end encryption email service that keeps no metadata whatsoever. Its features include PGP & NIST recommendations, high-end encryption, 100% anonymity, no ads, no 3rd party server scripts, and it is free to try for 7 days.

SCRYPTmail - end-to-end encrypted email

SCRYPTmail – end-to-end encrypted email

12. StartMail

StartMail is a paid email service that offers custom domain and aliases, PGP email encryption, and disposable email addresses. You can try it free of charge and no credit card required for 30 days to see if you like all that it has to offer before shelling out at least $59.95 annually for personal or business use.

StartMail - Private & encrypted email

StartMail – Private & encrypted email

13. Private-Mail

TorGuard’s Private-Mail offers 100MB of storage space for email and cloud services each, OpenPGP end-to-end encryption, AES256 file encryption, and webmail access only. It offers 3 subscription plans depending on how much functionality you need access to with the cheapest, i.e. Standard, being $8.95/month.

Private Mail - Secure Encrypted Email

Private Mail – Secure Encrypted Email

14. Tutanota

Tutanota is a popular secure email service that enables users to easily take control of their mailbox. It is free to use, open-source, and available to Web, Android and iOS users.

It offers several payment plans for professional and/or enterprise use including special offers for non-profit organizations. Its free version is limited to one use, 1GB storage, typical search functionality, and Tutanota domains only.

Tutanota - end-to-end encrypted email

Tutanota – end-to-end encrypted email

Ultimately, irrespective of the email service you choose from this list remember to keep your devices guarded at all times, to be conscious of even common security attack attempts, and to keep your passwords safe.

Do you have any questions for us? Or perhaps some suggestions that I can add to the list? Help yourself to the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.