Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook seem to dominate the email world, but none of them take your privacy seriously. Gmail gives third parties access to information inside your account and they even have the ability to target ads to you based on what’s inside your inbox. Look to the options below for privacy respecting email providers.
Use Instead Of: Gmail, Hotmail, Office 365, Yahoo.
Tutanota is an encrypted email and calendar service based in Germany, with no advertising and the emphasis on privacy. The basic account is free, with paid-for accounts that have more features and storage. They also have their own apps for Android and iPhone.
StartMail is a privacy focused email service based in The Netherlands from the same minds that brought you Startpage.com.
Hey is an email client from the people behind Basecamp. Hey offers a unique way to manage incoming emails and prioritize how you answer them. It blocks third party trackers, is ad free, and your email is encrypted at rest.
Run by a German family business, mailbox.org offers email, online file storage and online office features such as calendars. There’s a one month free trial.
Soverin is based in the Netherlands and offers privacy-oriented email including custom domain name and optional web page too.
Posteo is an email service with no advertising, maximum privacy and powered entirely by green electricity. The service is paid for by its users. Posteo doesn’t make its own mobile apps, but you can use their service through your phone’s own email app (or through any email app that supports the IMAP standard).
Fastmail is an Australian company that offers private email funded entirely by its users, with no advertising or tracking. There’s a free trial, after which accounts cost various different prices for different features and amounts of storage space.
Mailfence is a secure email suite that offers end-to-end encryption (through PGP support, no encryption at rest) and the ability to work with different email clients (paid accounts only).