Long ago, the sharing economy seemed to take over. Privacy was dead, and no one cares. But it was a pre-Snowden era. Now, for some the need to go really anonymously is more important than ever.
What do you do if you want to create an email address that is completely secret and nameless without obvious connection to you at all without having to create your own servers?
This goes beyond just encrypting messages. Anyone can do it with web-based email like Gmail using a browser extension like Secure Mail by Streak . For stationary email clients, GnuPG (Privacy Guard) or EnigMail is a must. Web-based ProtonMail promises end-to-end encryption with zero access to data from the company behind it, plus it has apps for iOS and Android.
But they do not hide who sent the message.
Here are the services you should use to create the truly nameless, unidentifiable email address. But be sure to use your powers for good.
First Step: Browse anonymously
Your browser will track you. It's so simple. Cookies and so-called unstoppable "super cookies" know where you have been and what you have done and they are willing to share. Certainly, it is mostly about serving targeted ads, but it is not very comforting for those who want to surf privately.
Your browser's incognito / private mode can only do as many sites still register your IP address, such as
If you want to browse online anonymously (and use the private time to create an email) You do not only need a virtual private network, but also Tor Browser a security-loaded, Mozilla-based browser from Tor Project. If you don't know if Tor is what used to be called The Onion Router; It's about keeping you anonymous by doing all the traffic you send on the internet jumping through so many servers, people at the other end can't start to know where you really are. It takes longer to load a site than it should with Firefox or Chrome, but it's the price of vigilance.
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Tor is not perfect and will not keep you 1000 percent anonymous. The criminals behind Silk Road, among others, tried and failed . But it is much safer than open surfing. It took law enforcement agencies with much resources to get the bad guys.
Second Step: Anonymous Email
You can create a relatively anonymous Gmail account, you just have to lie like a bathroom plate. That means creating a full Google Account, but not giving Google your real name, location, birthday or anything else that can be used when you sign up (while using a VPN and Tor Browser, of course).
Finally, you will give Google some other method of identification for contact, such as an email address from a third party or a phone number. With a phone you can use a recorder / temp number; Use an app such as Hushed or Burner or buy a prepaid cell phone and lie through your teeth when asked for personal information. (Just know that even the most "secure" burner has its limits when it comes to keeping you really anonymous.)
As for the third party's email, there are anonymous email services you can use, so why use Gmail at all? Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says it is smart to use another email provider from your personal account if you want anonymity so you are less likely to become self-esteem and make a compromise error.
Note that you should also use an e-mail service that supports SSL encryption (Secure sockets layer). It's the basic encryption used on a web connection to prevent casual snooping, like when shopping at Amazon. You know it is encrypted when you see HTTPS in the URL, instead of just HTTP. Or a lock icon is displayed on the address bar or status bar. The three major webmail providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com) support all HTTPS. Get the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Android, to make sure websites are common to use the protocol.
It's good for web surfing, but neither HTTPS nor VPN is enough to be hidden when sending email. You know it.
Pseudonyms in email (such as email@example.com) are not enough either. Only one login without using Tor means that your real IP address is recorded. It is enough for you to find (if the viewer can get your supplier to give up some records). That's how General Petraeus was nailed.
The point is that once you have gone so far, there is no need to go back. Use a truly anonymous web-based mail service; Hushmail
Recommended by EFF and others, Hushmails full claim of fame is that it is easy to use, does not include advertising and has built-in encryption between members. Of course, to get all that, you have to pay for it, from $ 49.98 a year for 10GB of online storage; A free version offers 25 MB of storage. Open it on the web or iOS.
Companies can use Hushmail from $ 3.99 per user / month for non-profit organizations (up to $ 5.99 for small businesses and $ 9.99 for legal and health care units), plus a one-time $ 9.99 fee for all (but then you have to confuse your information for the Whois database.)
Guerilla Mail gives one-time, temporary email. Technically, the address will be forever, and never used again. Any messages received at the address, available at guerrillamail.com, last only one hour. You get a fully encrypted email address that is easily copied to the clipboard. There is also the option of using your own domain name, but it probably doesn't keep you under the radar.
Guerilla Mail is the perfect way to create an email address to sign up for another, more permanent than anonymous email address, or to send a fast, anonymous email directly – no registration required. You can even attach a file if it is less than 150 MB in size, or use it to send someone your excess bitcoins. In combination with the Tor browser, Guerilla Mail makes you practically invisible. It is also available on Android.
Mailinator's free, one-time email has a smooth interface, but you probably don't even need it. When prompted for an email, just make a name and hold @ mailinator.com at the end. Then visit the website, type in the name, and you will see if it has received any messages. No registration but you can sign in with a Google Account.
Here's the problem. If someone else comes with the same name, you both get access to the received messages. There are no passwords. It is also not possible to send. In their frequently asked questions, if you receive an email from Mailinator, this is a guaranteed forgery. This is only for quick service technicians, and only with the most confused, obscure you can come up with. Of course you can pay $ 29 / month if you want to get a 10 MB storage inbox that is private only for you.
You don't get interfaces as simple as this often. If you do not need to register, enter the email name you want for a @ pidmail.com address that you can provide. The messages sent to it are displayed immediately. It's so simple, but it's not for sending messages.
Email On Dek
There is a two-step process for getting a free email to receive messages on Email On Deck, but only because Step 1 is a CAPTCHA to make sure you are a human , not a web based robot. It randomly assigns you an obfuscated email address (such as "firstname.lastname@example.org"). You can click a button to get another one assigned, but they are all temporary. You do not want to use this service if you plan to ever use the address assigned beyond, for example, an hour or two.
TorGuard is another global VPN service, which runs for around $ 9.95 / month to Start. The service also provides a separate anonymous email, with service from free (10 MB offshore storage) all the way up to $ 49.95 / year for unlimited storage. They all have secure G / PGP mail encryption and no ads. For more, see PCMag's full review.
TrashMail.com is not just a site but also a browser for Google Chrome and Firefox, so you don't even have to visit the site. Create a new email from a number of domain options, and TrashMail.com will forward it to your regular address for the new address's lifetime, which is determined by you. The only limit is how many forward you can get; To go unlimited, you pay $ 12.99 a year. The page provides a complete address management interface so create as many addresses as you want to be anonymous and ubiquitous.
ProtonMail over Tor
Maybe best saves last: ProtonMail is a good service with servers in Switzerland (a country that appreciates confidentiality) that provides completely encrypted messages. Anyone can get a free account that holds 500 MB of data and up to 150 messages a day, or pay 4 euros a month to get the advanced features.
Encryption is one thing, but anonymity comes with ProtonMail's specific support for Tor via an onion put it on protonirockerxow.onion. It also provides complete instructions on setting Tor on your desktop or mobile phone. Having anonymous users is so important to ProtonMail, it does not require any personal information when you register. It also supports two-factor authentication.