One of the newest trends of the 21st century’s hi-tech world is definitely sending an anonymous email.
Whether for the purpose of discovering your cheating spouse, expressing your political attitudes, reporting frauds, informing the authorities about some illegal activities, or reporting some sensitive information to the media; the point is that you can do it without having your true identity revealed.
However, this is not an easy job to do since some of the most professional hackers have ended up in jail quite recently.
But, you’ll need a mix of knowledge, luck, Tor, a good online service, encrypted messages, hidden VPN and no personal details. Not much, right?
There are many ways of sending an anonymous email and we’ve listed some of them below:
Creating an Anonymous Email Account
You can create an anonymous email account on any of the free email services. All you need to know is how to lie and to do it very well.
This means that when you’re signing up for your new email account, you will provide the service with a fake name and any other personal information that is requested from you.
Bare in mind that when creating an anonymous email account, you have to think up of something completely unrelated to you.
When thinking of a username or password, make sure that it can’t be linked to your first name, middle name, last name, your children’s name, profession, country you live in, etc.
If you include phone numbers don’t use your real one. The same applies to birthdays, anniversaries or other important dates.
The signup process is usually free and once you’re through providing the requisite information you can start composing your anonymous email!
Using an Online Service
However, if you want to hide your tracks a bit better, there are a variety of website services that you can choose from for creating an anonymous email.
Ways of using them and their services slightly differ. Below is a list of the most popular ones:
Some of these require registration before sending emails, while some don’t, which is great.
What you have to pay attention to with any of these services is that they do not take any responsibility for the content of the emails you send.
Moreover, if you want to secure your anonymity, you can download the Tor Browser.
Now, without further ado, let’s check out the most popular ones.
This service allows you to send an anonymous email without having to register. It’s very simple to use, you just have to type in the receiver’s address and start writing your email. And, it’s free!
The same case as with the first one, there is no registration needed and it is free of charge. You can optionally write your own email, but, what would be the point?
GuerrillaMail provides you with a temporary and disposable email address. You are not required to sign up and leave your personal information.
The service will generate a random email address for you, and any message that you will receive will be deleted after one hour. The email address doesn’t expire; you can use it for as long as you want.
One thing you need to note though is, if anyone knows your ID your account may be compromised. That is why they offer you a scrambled address to use.
- TorGuard and TorMail
Compared to the rest this one is best. You can have a free account with 10MB storage as well as end-to-end security and protection without any advertisements or marketing.
However, if you want unlimited storage, there is a membership fee.
The membership fee is tiered and ranges from $6.95 for a monthly membership, $15.95 for a quarter and $49.95 for an annual membership.
TorMail is a hidden service, which means that your email is completely anonymous. You must use the Tor browser to access it.
HideMyAss is another free service. When you’re signing up you will be asked to enter your existing email address.
However, this is not obligatory and is only required in cases you want the service to notify you when you receive new emails.
You can set the lifetime of your address to last for different time periods; 24 hours, one week, a month, six months or even a year.
If you decide to send an anonymous email using Hushmail, you need to check the Encrypt checkbox.
However, this is not an end-to-end encryption, which means that Hushmail has access to the plaintext version of your emails.
When you sign up to Hushmail, you will have to check a box to indicate you understand that Hushmail is obligated to cooperate with the authorities if the need arises.
This means sharing your messages, IP addresses for your computer and the addresses you’ve been sending emails to.
Another thing worth mentioning is that some of the services may track your emails, eg. HideMyAss and Hushmail.
Since they log all the VPN traffic they also log the emails. The best way to secure your anonymity is to use Tor whenever you send an anonymous email.
Tor-Based Hidden Email Services
Apart from TorGuard and TorMail, there are other mail services you can use to send an anonymous email.
Unlike the services mentioned above though, they can only be accessed via Tor. Those are OnionMail, Lelantos, Austici, TorBox, SIGAINT, BitMessage, andVFEMail.
The OnionMail service will provide you with an encrypted connection. Another benefit is that only the recipient’s server stores messages.
In case of hacking, their system would not reveal any sensitive data, as hostnames and IP addresses will be either deleted or replaced with [0.0.0.0].
To make sure that your encryption is going well, it is recommended to use GPG or PGP. You won’t receive many spam messages since each user can modify the blacklist.
Creating an account on Lelantos is not free. The pricing schedule ranges between 6 months which will cost you $10, 12 months for $18 or $32 for a lifelong membership.
The cost is well worth it as there are numerous advantages that accrue to you.
First, you can create emails that will self-destruct on a set date. Then, you can make up over 100 aliases and PGP encryption utilizing your keys!
You can join them if you share their views on politics, fascism, racism, sexism and many other fields. They offer both anonymous email services as well as chat.
TorBox is a Tor-only service which allows you to communicate with other users.
It’s important to know that you can’t send messages to Gmail, Yahoo, or any other everyday account.
If you want to send messages to anyone using TorBox, they have to be TorBox users also.
SIGAINT is a bit different from the others. Once you sign up, you are provided with two email addresses.
One of them ends with @sigaint.com so that you can communicate with people outside Tor; and the other one ends with .onion, and it serves for communication inside the Tor browser.
If you create your account for free, the service will delete it after one year of inactivity, but if you decide to pay for it, you will get a bigger inbox, Bitmessage integration, priority support, and most importantly, encryption of your data.
BitMessage is a free email service that demands a basic knowledge of privacy technologies. What stands out is that messages are encrypted.
You can choose between their free or paid service. Free email account, or Bronze membership as they call it, gives you the least of all the possible extras; storage, bandwidth and protection.
The more you pay for your account, the more convenience you’ll get. None the less, they hide your IP address and your messages can be encrypted.