Recently, the sharing economy seemed to be gaining the upper hand. The privacy was dead and nobody cared. But that was a time before Snowden. For some, the need to truly become anonymous is more important than ever.
What do you do if you want to set up a completely secret and unnamed e-mail address with no obvious connection for you, without the hassle of setting up your own server?
This is beyond encrypting messages. Anyone can do this with web-based emails like Gmail using a browser extension like Secure Mail by Streak . For desktop e-mail clients, GnuPG (Privacy Guard) or EnigMail is a must. Web-based ProtonMail promises end-to-end encryption with zero access to the data of the underlying enterprise as well as apps for iOS and Android.
But users do not hide who sent the message.
Here are the services that you should use to create this truly unnamed, unidentifiable email address. But be sure to use your powers forever.
First step: Search anonymously
Your web browser is tracking you. It's that simple. Cookies and so-called unstoppable "super cookies" know where you've been and what you've done and are ready to share. Sure, it's mainly about delivering targeted ads, but that's not much comfort for those who want to surf privately.
The incognito / private mode of your browser can only do so much ̵
If you want to surf the Internet anonymously (and use this private time to set up an email ), you need not only a virtual private network, but also the Tor Browser a security-packed, Mozilla-based browser from the Tor project. If you do not know anything about Tor, it is referred to as Onion Router. It's about keeping you anonymous by letting all the traffic you send on the Internet hop through so many servers that people on the other end can not know where you really are. It takes longer to load a website than would be the case with Firefox or Chrome, but that's the price for vigilance.
The free Tor Browser is available in 16 languages for Windows, MacOS and Linux. It is stand-alone and portable, meaning it runs off a USB flash drive if you do not want to install it directly. Even Facebook has a Tor-safe address to protect users' location – and to allow users access to places where the social network is illegal or blocked, as in China. An estimated 1 million people use it. There is also a version for Tor access to Facebook on Android devices .
Tor is not perfect and does not keep you 1,000 percent anonymous. The criminals behind the Silk Road tried that among others and failed . But it is much safer than open surfing. Law enforcement agencies with many resources needed these baddies.
Second Step: Anonymous Email
You can set up a relatively anonymous Gmail account that you just set up to lie like a bath mat. This means that you're creating a full Google Account, but Google does not provide your actual name, location, birthday, or anything else you can use to sign in (using a VPN and Tor Browser, of course).
Google may need to provide another identifying contact method, such as: For example, a third-party e-mail address or phone number. With a telephone you can use a burner / temperature number. Use an app such as Hushed or Burner or buy a prepaid cellphone and put your teeth through it when asked for personal information. (Did you know that even the "safest" burner has its limits when it comes to keeping you truly anonymous.)
This third-party e-mail has anonymous E So why use Gmail at all? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) states that it is wise to use a different email provider than your personal account if you are looking for anonymity – this will make you less complacent and complacent a compromising error.
Note that you should also use an e-mail service that supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. This is the basic encryption used on a web connection to prevent occasional snooping, such as when shopping at Amazon. You know that it's encrypted when HTTPS appears in the URL, not just HTTP. Or a lock icon appears in the address bar or status bar. The three major webmail providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com) all support HTTPS. Get the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Android to make sure sites use the protocol by default.
This is great for surfing the web, but HTTPS or VPN are not enough to stay hidden when sending e-mails. You know that.
Pseudonyms in emails (like firstname.lastname@example.org) are also not enough. A single login without using Tor means your actual IP address will be recorded. That's enough to be found (if the Finder can get your provider to give up some records). So General Petraeus was nailed down.
The point is, once you've gone that far, there's no reason to go back. Use a truly anonymous web-based email service. Here are some of the best.
Recommended by the EFF and others Hushmails The claim is that it is easy to use, contains no advertising, and incorporates encryption between members. Of course, to get all this, you'll have to pay for 10GB of online storage for $ 10.98 a year. A free version offers 25 MB of storage space. Access it on the web or on iOS.
Businesses can spend $ 3.99 / user / month on charitable organizations for Hushmail (up to $ 5.99 for small businesses and $ 9.99 for health and legal companies) and a one-time setup fee of $ 9, 99 USD for all (but then you must disguise your information for the whois database.)
Note that Hushmail has submitted records to the feds before and you can not use his terms of service For "illegal" use of activity, "it will not fight against court orders." But after all, it's frankly a priori.
Guerrilla Mail delivers temporary disposable e-mails Technically, the address will forever exist and will never be reused.All messages received at guerrillamail.com take only one hour to complete keyed out e-mail address, which can easily be copied to the clipboard. There is an option to use your own domain name, but that probably does not keep you under the radar.
Guerrilla Mail is the perfect way to create an email address to sign up for a different, more permanent, but anonymous email address, or to get a quick, anonymous email instantly to send. No registration is 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. Guerrilla Mail makes you virtually invisible in conjunction with the Tor Browser. It is also available for Android.
Mailinator's free disposable e-mail has a smooth interface, but you probably do not need it. Whenever you are asked for an e-mail, just make a name and end up @ mailinator.com. Then visit the website, enter the name and you will see if any messages have been received. No sign up, even though you can sign in with a Google Account.
Here is the problem. If someone else has the same name, you both have access to the messages received. There are no passwords. There is no shipping possible. If you receive an email from Mailinator, the FAQ states that it is a fake. This is just for quick service signups, and only with the most veiled, obscure things you can think of. Of course, you can pay $ 29 / month if you want to get a 10 MB memory inbox that is private just for you.
You will not get interfaces as easy as these. If you do not need to log in, enter the email name you want to specify for an @pidmail.com address that you can issue. The messages sent to him are displayed immediately. It's that simple, though it's not for sending messages. You can reserve the address of your choice with a password that is available to you free of charge.
Email On Dek
There are two steps to getting a free email for receiving messages on Email On Deck, but only because step one is a CAPTCHA to make sure you're human and not a web-based robot. It randomly assigns you a veiled e-mail address (like "email@example.com"). You can click one button to assign another, but it's all temporary. You do not want to use this service if you plan to use the assigned address after more than an hour or two.
TorGuard is another global VPN service that lasts for around $ 9.95 / month. The service also offers a separate anonymous email with a free service (10 MB offshore storage) up to $ 49.95 per year for unlimited storage space. They all have secure G / PGP email encryption and no ads. For more information, see the complete description of PCMag.
TrashMail.com is not just a website, but also a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox, so you do not even have to visit the site. Create a new email from a set of domain options, and TrashMail.com will redirect you to your regular address for the specified lifetime of the new address. The only limit is how many forwards you can get. To go unlimited, you pay $ 12.99 a year. The site provides a complete address manager interface so you can create as many addresses as you want to be anonymous and omnipresent.
ProtonMail over Tor
Maybe saving the best for last: ProtonMail is a good service with servers in Switzerland (a country that knows how to appreciate secrecy) that delivers completely encrypted messages. Anyone can get an account for free with 500 MB of data and up to 150 messages per day or pay 4 Euro per month to get the advanced features.
Encryption is one thing, but the ProtonMail supports Tor specifically via an onion site it is set up at protonirockerxow.onion. You'll also get comprehensive instructions on how to set up Tor on your desktop or mobile phone. Having anonymous users is so important to ProtonMail that no personal information is required at logon. It even supports two-factor authentication.