As evident from some of my past blog posts, I am pretty privacy-conscious. Mentioned before, I have been slowly migrating my more sensitive accounts (e.g. banking, retail, professional) to send email messages to my ProtonMail account instead of Gmail (because these messages usually contain my billing address, online orders, contact names/address, etc.). I’ve decided to become a “Premium” ProtonMail member by subscribing for a plan, leading me to gain an increase in storage space, sending limits, and flexibility. Best of all, it allows me to leverage the domains I own as custom email addresses. This post will walk you through the experience.
Not to go into technical details, I decided to commit to ProtonMail based on their A+ SSL score on Qualys SSL Labs, their jurisdiction (Switzerland), their featureset (email search, mobile apps, sleek design, reliability (much more robust now than before, after that DDoS attack), support of custom domains (with a Plus subscription), and the fact that security is integrated in the custom domain setup process). And yes I have accounts with Tutanota (Germany), Openmailbox (France), SIGAINT (Tor Network), Rise Up (US), among others. Switzerland is still my preferred jurisdiction.
Note: ProtonMail does also offer free accounts, which come with 500 MB of storage space, a limit of sending 150 messages/day, and 20 labels. Their free account also provides you an @protonmail.com address.
To my friends: if you email me at my new email address(es), your messages will be stored encrypted, in a datacenter […] located under 1000 meters of granite rock in a heavily guarded bunker which can survive a nuclear attack.
Anyways, let’s get started!
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