Secure and Private Email Services

A couple of our members were discussing privacy issues on a different thread, and they brought up some of the issues connected with BIG TECH data collection & email intrusion. This got me thinking about how secure is our electronic communications & who has access to it.
We discussed alternatives to Google/Gmail on a different thread as well. However, all this got me thinking:
Do you ever think about where your email service is located and how this may affect your data and privacy?
Some jurisdictions have laws to protect data privacy, while others don’t really pay attention to it that much.
What are your favorite alternatives to BIG TECH email servers?
What do you like about them? What could they do better?
I recently discovered Tutanota, a private and secure email service out of Germany. It’s really cool, but there are issues with downtime.

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There are some great services out there for people with concerns over security and privacy.

For Emails Protonmail https://protonmail.com has is a reliable and excellent service based in Switzerland. I find it excellent with a wonderful app.

For Cloud storage pCloud https://www.pcloud.com/ is my favourite cloud service. Also an encrypted cloud storage solution like google drive, or dropbox, but based in Switzerland, it has amazing lifetime plans too so you dont need to worry about subscriptions.

Operating system wise, Linux operating systems are more flexible, fun and easy to use use days. I use a combo of:
PopOS https://pop.system76.com/
Deepin https://www.deepin.org/en/download/
Ubuntu https://ubuntu.com/
KDE Neon https://neon.kde.org/

Search Engine wise I use DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com/ which doesn’t track users but offers excellent search results really, what I found most frustrating was how little faith I placed in it, google has spent billions making it so that you only trust its services and designing its pages to get you hooked, but in ‘blind tests’ DDG performs very well for most users. Qwant https://www.qwant.com/ is also located in France and I know some people swear by it, and there is ecosia https://www.ecosia.org/ from Germany I believe.

Laptops and Computers wise, I use Starlabs https://starlabs.systems/ but there are also some fantastic European companies like Slimbook https://slimbook.es/en/store

Finally Web Browsers, Instead of Google Chrome, Brave or Firefox both have better privacy, and faster speeds. https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/new/ and https://brave.com/.

Regarding Jurisdictions if you absolutely care about states not acquiring data, the EU and Five Eyes (UK mainland, Australia, USA, Canada, and New Zealand) are suspect, Switzerland or offshore UK jurisdictions are typically the best I believe. However, I care far less about state actors and more about corporate actors when it comes to data collection.

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In France, i use a private cloud and a email service : la mère zaclys. Serveurs are in France. It’s an association. I Can also Sync contacts and agendas easily.

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I’m not up to date with current technology regarding how secure and encrypted email services works in detail. But to me it seems that if cloud services are the pinnacle of secure storage, then there would be no breached firewalls and leaked databases containing passwords and credit card information.
Back in the day when we used POP3 , the mail was downloaded locally to your computer and deleted from the server. A bit like how regular mail works, it’s either in transit, at the post office, in the mailmans bag or delivered to your mailbox. The idea is simple and easy to understand. You needed to make your own backups though.
I still like the idea, but for the masses convenience always wins.
Personally I use Protonmail, swiss laws on personal integrity are pretty solid due to the financial sector and not being a EU member.

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For lots of info on email and other services, check out some of the info on these lists:

And, for the tinfoil hats among us, you can look at this summary of email providers:

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@Bobby_Hiltz Thanks for these suggestions.
This made me giggle :slight_smile:

Thank you, very useful information! …also time to switch from Protonmail… :joy:

Edit: Has anyone watched https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ ?

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