8 of the Most Secure Email Providers

Posted by Jamie on August 26, 2017

You might not think a lot about the security level of your email provider. Most users don’t, typically using the same email address first setup fifteen years ago, content with the free email account supplied by their internet service provider or the free Yahoo! or Gmail account they received in college. To a lot of people, the difference between a secure and an insecure email might seem innocuous enough; after all, you have nothing to hide, no illegal activities or dangerous emails to contend with. But that doesn’t mean you should leave your email completely unprotected. The United States Postal Service doesn’t open and read your mail or check your packages prior to delivering them—or at least, they shouldn’t—so why should businesses and government officials be allowed to do the same with your email?

Email providers like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail aren’t completely unprotected, but they also aren’t the most secure email providers currently available on the market. For that, you’ll want to turn to some lesser-known email providers that can offer security and peace of mind over all else. We’ve gathered a list of the eight best secured and encrypted email providers that will protect your privacy as much as possible. These services don’t collect or sell your data, don’t scan your emails for keywords in order to sell directed advertisements, and don’t allow any government agencies to access server data, helping to keep your data and privacy protected as much as possible. And this doesn’t even include the fear of sending sensitive information, including tax documents and contracts, between two parties on an unsecured line.

Most of these providers offer some mixture of free and paid plans, and to unlock the majority of their features, you’ll have to lay down some cash to get the full experience. Unfortunately, free email services like those offered through Gmail and Yahoo! Mail often make you the product, through advertising and the selling of your personal data. It’s why the best way to keep yourself secured is to steer away from these free tiers of email providers and to pay a few bucks each month to keep yourself safe and secured online. These are eight of the most secure email providers on the market today.

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Ashish says:
Hey Jamie

Really Nice post. I have been using Proton mail for quite some time now. First time I saw proton mail was on Mr. Robot season 3 finale.
Thank you all the other recommendations.

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The problem that apparently most of these guys don’t understand is their names. Try telling an indian tech support guy in india your email address is “SCRYPTmail” or “tutonota” dot com.

You’ll spend 20 minutes trying to spell it for him and he’ll still get it wrong.

David Frossard says:
I’m an early crowd-funding backer of ProtonMail, so I’m probably biased. But it does everything I need it to do — with what appears to be world-class security. I’ve had an account for years and the service, interface, and apps get better every year. I’m certainly never going back to Gmail. (And for those on the fence, the free version of ProtonMail is pretty good, if you don’t need a lot of storage and don’t mind a mandatory advertising signature.)

As for ProtonMail appearing on a TV show (Mr. Robot — a series known for its fanatical attention to technical detail), I thought that was a hoot. I mean, what other email program would Mr. Robot use anyway?

It would appear that Tuanota is a worthy runner-up to ProtonMail. A question: does operating under Swiss privacy law (ProtonMail) have any advantage or disadvantage to operating under German law (Tuanota)? Would anyone like to weigh in?

Tajba says:
I use Runbox and Msgsafe.io.
Both are great.
OJ says:
I use my own domain with hosting control panel and hosted on secure datacenter.
If I need any switch, I just change the hosting provider.
James says:
Tom, I do understand the frustration of being hacked and your data getting compromised. Aside from technical and philosophical concerns (relating to Tutanota and Protonmail). I believe, following good security practices e.g., Strong password, TFA, not using open/public WiFi or other insecure connections, etc… (especially when you have a high threat model ) is something that you have take care of, regardless of the service (e.g., Mailfence in this case.)
James says:
Tom I see what you meant there, and it really is frustrating to get your mailbox hacked and data compromised. Technical and other issues aside (that relates to Protonmail and Tutanota) – having your account compromised due to not following adequate security practices (weak password, No TFA, etc…) is something that you have to deal with on your side and has nothing to do with the service being used e.g., Mailfence in this case.

All and all, I do agree that for users having high-level threat models are more prone of being attacked, and therefore should take relatively more security measures.

stan says:
I have tried husmail and fast mail before, I want to go secure again, just sick of the amount of targeting advertising and spying going on these days and its annoyed me enough to look at this again. Would love to hear of any suggestions for most secure email providers ideally blocking EVERYONE, not just hackers, I don’t like some govermint bean counter reading them either, call me weird, i just like the notion of privacy if it still exists! Grateful for any comments
Pam McCall says:
I don’t understand how my centurylink email account got hacked so I can’t send messages online but I can on my phone using the same account. . .

Can anyone shed some light on that for me?

em says:
I’ve been using msgsafe.io to send encrypted email for over a year now. Its better than any of the others I’ve seen available allowing you to forward messages to another email, bring your own domain, etc.
Cattie M says:
I have been using openmailbox.org for years. It seems to be very good.
Brent says:
It was very good, however they have undergone a facelift with no warning. Can no longer access calenders or contacts via dav, aliases dissappeared overnight, and all attempts to contact them with questions have been met with silence. Looking for a new mail provider now
tom says:
mailfence is NOT secure, all of my emails have been hacked into over the last months, tutanota is only secure if the recipient bothers to use the password and what stranger would have the time to do that, Protonmail is questionable they have affiliated with a USA TV series recommendation and they are the only email provider that sales Tshirts and Mugs as part of their sale?

GMAIL ARE HELL but the rest are difficult to trust, there are hardly NO secure email providers in the market at the moment. Haven’t been able to send any work related nor anything important since these local hackers have been targeting my email or the NSA.

Sarah Jane says:
As a journalist who has worked with sensitive data, I feel your pain Tom. What are you currently using, or would you prefer to remain discrete?
Frankie says:
I’m not sure why the fact that a TV show has done research and liked a product and contacted the provider and asked if they could use their service in the show has any relevance on how secure a provider is or is not. One could potentially argue that it opens them up to being pressured by more capitalistic concerns (vs being really focused on security)…but that seems a stretch.

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