2 Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use
Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
Found this in a weekly publication called Dan's Tips, & thought some of you might be interested.
Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use | Gizmo's Freeware
Most popular email services don't offer a high level of security. These two free email providers offer secure email with built-in encryption.
An encrypted, secure email service isn't for everyone - they don't mesh with services like Google or Zoho that let you do multiple tasks across platforms. They do one thing well, and that's send and receive secure, encrypted email. There are many good reasons you might want to use an encrypted email service:
You enjoy your privacy
No personal information is required to use these services
No ISP does not have access to your email
It's difficult for email accounts to be compromised
There's (presumably) no governmental access to your email
While there are several good, low cost encrypted email services available, these are two have all the basic services you need for free, with additional paid or premium features. I've used both services for some months now and haven't had any issues with either of them. They are both good, and I've outlined the basics of each service below.
Free plan: 150 messages per day, 500 MB storage
Availability: Webmail access, iOS, Android. Currently, mobile apps are paid apps. Log in: User name plus two passwords - one for signing in and a different one that decrypts the mailbox Languages: Multiple, see site
What's encrypted: Contacts and all mails including subject, content and attachments What's visible to ProtonMail: Zero access - your data is encrypted in a way that makes it inaccessible to the company Sending email to other providers: If sending an encrypted message to a non-ProtonMail user, they receive a link which loads the encrypted message onto their browser, which they can decrypt using a passphrase that you have shared with them. You can also send unencrypted messages to Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and others, just like regular email. Note that unencrypted email can be viewed by anyone who has access to that email service. For example, if you send an unencrypted email to someone at a gmail address, anyone who has access to that gmail account can see any email you've sent to that account. Notable feature: Self destructing messages
Free plan: Tutanota webmail offers 1 GB of free storage for private users. Availability: Webmail access, iOS, Android, and amazon.com . Currently, mobile and amazon apps are free
Log in: Tutanota email address and password
Languages: Multiple, see site
What's encrypted: Contacts and all mails including subject, content and attachments What's visible to Tutanota: metadata of email sender, recipient, and date of email Sending email to other providers: A notification is sent with a link to a temporary Tutanota account. After entering a previously exchanged password, the recipient can read the message and reply end-to-end encrypted. Notable feature: Spam filters
One thing to be aware of is that neither of these services will import existing email from any other email program or service. ProtonMail will upload and download contacts, while Tutanota doesn't have that option right now. Tutanota does have an excellent FAQ and how-to section, while ProtonMail has good but not as extensive information. Both sites are easy to navigate. Either of these services should work for anyone looking for a secure email service. Both offer a wide variety of customization options and settings, though they do differ in some features. Look around at both and see which one suits you best.
Source: Gizmo's Freeware
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