Sometimes there are situations when you need to send an anonymous email. For example, with a beautiful Declaration of love or to transmit information without the possibility of identifying the source. There are many legitimate reasons for using anonymous email. And here you can use either one of the free services, or a temporary account in conjunction with a VPN.
Let's look at five ways.
1. Temporary email and VPN
Services like Gmail are one of the options for working with anonymous email, since you do not need to specify personal data when registering. Then you can use the created address on a permanent basis if you need to send an anonymous email.
Moreover, when sending an email from Gmail, the sender's address (where the email came from) is indicated in the header of the email by Google servers, and not your personal IP address, which increases the level of anonymity.
If the recipient of an email wants to track the sender by the header, they will only see the IP address of the Google server, which will not necessarily be located near you.
However, traces still remain, since your actual IP address is stored on mail servers. Therefore, if the government or other competent authorities make a request, Google will provide your real IP address.
The next step to increase anonymity is to use a virtual private network or VPN. We recommend paid services with a good reputation.
If you send email via a VPN, then:
1. The email server address will not match your location.
2. If the government makes a request, Google will only be able to issue a VPN address.
Because of the second point, it is especially important to use a reliable service with a good reputation, where your connection details are not stored. In the case of a free VPN, the probability of storing and transmitting logs increases significantly.
Note: do not confuse an anonymous temporary address with a one-time email address.
2. Email client in conjunction with a VPN
The second method for sending anonymous emails is to use a client installed on your computer. Anonymity is achieved in three steps:
Registering a temporary address in services like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, GMX, and so on.
Install Thunderbird or another free client.
Connecting to a VPN.
First, we need to connect to the VPN and make sure that all traffic from the computer goes through the remote IP address. Then we send the email using the client, using the temporary address. This way, the header will show the VPN service address instead of your IP address.
AnonEmail is a service that allows you to send anonymous emails through a chain of random nodes. Accordingly, it becomes almost impossible to track the sender's IP address.
AnonEmail is easy to use. You need to specify the recipient, subject, message, and click "Send Anonymously". Compared to other similar services, AnonEMail does not save (or pretend not to save) your IP address. I was not able to track my IP address during testing, but it is still not recommended to send anything important or illegal.
As an additional security measure, AnonEmail waits for some time before sending an email, so that it is impossible to track potential geographical zones and time zones of your location based on the time of sending.
4. Cyber Atlantis
Cyber Atlantis is another free service for sending anonymous emails that hide the sender's IP address and support PGP encryption.
This means that the security level is even higher, since only the owner of the public key can decrypt the contents of the message (using the secret key). However, when using a public key scheme, unexpected consequences may occur. For example, if only a limited number of people have the encryption key, the recipient of the message may try to find out who the sender is.
If you need a completely secure, anonymous, and two-way mail service, ProtonMail is your choice. This service, used by millions of people, has been providing email security services for quite some time.
Some of the key features:
End-to-end encryption: all stored messages are encrypted, not just those sent from ProtonMail servers. Without access to the corresponding account in the ProtonMail service, no one can read your messages.
Full protection of user data: during encryption, a key stored only on your computer is used. This means that even ProtonMail system administrators can't access your messages. Drawback of the scheme: the administrator will not be able to restore access to the account. Advantage: access also cannot be granted at the request of the government or other entities.
Open source cryptography: since ProtonMail uses open source encryption libraries, You can be sure that there are no "backdoors" to access emails from both administrators and hackers.
If you regularly send anonymous emails, pay attention to the ProtonMail service and use this address as the main one.
Which service is better
The answer to this question depends on your needs. If you want to maintain anonymity and security on a regular basis, pay attention to ProtonMail, because even the service administrators can't access your emails.
If the need doesn't occur often, use one of the free web services.