ProtonMail encrypts emails end-to-end, which makes it a lot harder (some say impossible) to intercept and decipher them. While Forbes even called it “the only email system NSA can’t access,” touting the reason being servers are located in Switzerland. Does this mean the US government cannot forcibly shut them down or order them to produce information? Hard to say as the CIA is reported to operate out of Switzerland, so what do we really know?
Tutanota is an open-source and free email service that encrypts emails with end-to-end encryption on any device. Your emails as well as your contacts are private and secured. 2-way communication with any of your friends is end-to-end encrypted. Even subject and attachments as well as all your contacts are encrypted. You can also choose not to encrypt your emails.
Posteo.de is a popular Berlin-based email service which also claims to be able to protect the privacy of its users. Posteo.de comes with plans starting at €1/month for 2 GB storage capacity with POP3 and IMAP support. In these times of network surveillance, Posteo protects the privacy of its users with a modern and innovative encryption and security model.
Kolab Now is another open-source email service with its servers completely hosted and managed in Switzerland, just like ProtonMail. The service targets small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those who want to share privileged information by email. Just like Posteo.de, Kolab Now makes money with plans starting at $4.99 for an individual user account.
Countermail uses OpenPGP’s encryption protocol with 4096 keys to protect your email with end-to-end encryption. It is considered another top email service provider that works with Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows systems. You can try Countermail free of charge for a week, after which prices start at $6.33/month.
If you want to keep your messages secure from network surveillance, one of the solutions above may be the best way to go. Does it make it impossible for the feds or other digital thugs to take advantage of our data? Who knows. It’s the best safeguard we know of for now.