Free E-Mail Providers, Encryption Services, and Search Engines for Those Who Want Enhanced Online Privacy

Posted by Mike Confino, June 26, 2014

In a time of increasing corporate and government surveillance, those who wish to better protect their privacy online have a number of options to do just that. Below is a short list of some of the best e-mail providers, encryption services, and search engines that are committed to protecting your privacy and are available for free to individuals.

 

ShazzleMail

ShazzleMail is a free private email application that turns your smart phone into a mail server, delivering your messages directly to your receiver via an SSL encrypted channel with no server copies. Not even Shazzle gets a copy. Better still, our patented architecture allows you to send private email to anyone on your contacts list. No password required. It works with iOS and Android devices AND on a PC or Mac laptop/desktop.”

URL: https://shazzlemail.com/
Cost: Free for individuals

 

Riseup.net

“We believe it is vital that essential communication infrastructure be controlled by movement organizations and not corporations or the government. We strive to keep our mail as secure and private as we can. We do not log your IP address. (Most services keep detailed records of every machine which connects to the servers. We keep only information which cannot be used to uniquely identify your machine). All your data, including your mail, is stored by riseup.net in encrypted form. We work hard to keep our servers secure and well-defended against any malicious attack. We do not share any of our user data with anyone. We will actively fight any attempt to subpoena or otherwise acquire any user information or logs. We will not read, search, or process any of your incoming or outgoing mail other than by automatic means to protect you from viruses and spam or when directed to do so by you when troubleshooting.”

URL: https://help.riseup.net/en
Cost: Free (requests donations as it is a non-profit organization)

 

Sendinc

“Sendinc secures your message by ensuring that your data remains encrypted from the time it leaves your computer through the time your recipients retrieve it. At no point in the process is your message data transmitted or stored in an unencrypted format. Sendinc further ensures the safety of your messages by verifying your recipients are in fact your intended recipients. Messages are encrypted with a powerful randomly-generated encryption key that is emailed to your recipients in the form of a link. Sendinc does not save a copy of your recipients’ encryption keys and your message can not be decrypted without the key – not even by Sendinc. This means only your recipients can decode the message data. Our security practices are guided by the fundamental principle of least privilege. Least privilege protects customer information assets by requiring that no individual, program or system is granted more access privileges than are necessary to perform the task.”

URL: https://www.sendinc.com/
Cost: Free (Basic edition), $5/month (Pro edition), $25/month (Corporate edition)

 

Oneshar.es

“Click the blue button. Paste something private. We’ll encrypt it and give you a unique URL that you can share. Your data is encrypted from you to us, and stored encrypted. We couldn’t even tell you what it is — even if you asked. Once someone visits your private URL you provide them, the information is unlocked and the message is deleted into the digital ether.”

URL: https://oneshar.es/
Cost: Free

 

DuckDuckGo

From funny videos to health and finance questions, searches are a reflection of your personal life. That’s why we don’t collect or share personal information. Our only focus is search. We don’t have to promote other services like social networks in our results. We are clutter-free and you can change the look and feel.”

URL: https://duckduckgo.com/
Cost: Free

 

StartPage

“When you use StartPage, we do not record your IP address, we do not record which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome etc.), we do not record your computer platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and we do not record your search words or phrases. In fact, the only information we do record is an aggregate total of how many searches are performed on our website each day (a measure of overall traffic), and those overall traffic numbers broken down by language, and statistics on a purely aggregate level. StartPage is headquartered in The Netherlands, Europe. Any request or demand from any government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we would refer to the fact we have no personal user data to share. In the fourteen years we’ve been in business, we have never received such a request.”

URL: https://www.startpage.com/eng/
Cost: Free