Reasons for Encrypted Email

I recently wrote a review for ProtonMail, an encrypted email provider based in Switzerland. And that led to me thinking, why would your average user want to use encrypted emails. And how would they even go about it.

I personally use encrypted email for a number of reasons, I’m probably more security conscious than your average user due to my background, but this also means I regularly explain the reasons why encryption and cyber security are important to people I meet in everyday life.

Protect Personal or Sensitive Information

One of the main advantages to using encrypted email is that it can protect your personal information from being accessed or stolen. This could be anything from medical history to your social security number. With identity theft being as wide spread as it is, any effort to protect information that you might have no other option than to send is important.

Another example of this could be in regards to a business and not just a sole user. If for example your company has just created a new product or is about to file for a patent, you don’t want that information to be easy to intercept or steal.

Government Monitoring

It is no secret that government agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA  snoop on our digital lives, this could be from reading emails to tracking what web-pages you have visited. And for the most part this is completely harmless unless you feel it to be a invasion of your privacy. They would need a warrant to wire tap your house, so what makes your digital life any different.


Best way to encrypt emails –

  • ProtonMail
    • Swiss based email provider, that offers encrypted emails. Check out my review Here
  • Secure Swiss Data
    • Swiss based email provider, that offers encrypted emails.
  • PGP Key
    • Combined a PGP key with the Thunderbird email client and you are able to achive encrypted emails that will be slightly more secure than using a servise such as the others listed abover
  • Tutanota Mail
    • Another Encrypted email servcie, Review will be coming soon

ProtonMail – Review

I recently wrote about ProtonVPN, a VPN services from the creators of ProtonMail. And for those of you that don’t know, ProtonMail is a service that provides security and encrypted emails.
If I can remember correctly I was part of the in initial launch and was in a waiting list for a free account. And this was only due to seeing some stuff on Twitter about it and letting my curiosity get the better of me, and I’m glad it did.

So what is ProtonMail, well to put it simply it is an encrypted email client that is based in Switzerland, and by just saying that you should know that the privacy and security of its user will be fantastic. This is largely due to Switzerland having some of the best laws in place for online privacy and security. So you know from the start that they are going to make sure your privacy is protected as strongly as possible.

Creating you ProtonMail account is much the same as creating any email account these days, you chose a username and set you passwords. But unlike the likes of Gmail and setting only one password ProtonMail asks for you to set an account password and then another password for your mailbox. This is a second line off defense to prevent your account being compromised. You can also set up 2 factor authentication from the security tab in the settings later. This again adds another layer of security before you can even view your inbox. And don’t worry this isn’t just some SMS verification, you can use just about any authenticator application on the market.

The web client its self looks just like any other email client, this I feel is a great thing because it feels as natural an environment as you’d likely be use to. Before using ProtonMail I was skeptical that the user interface might have been lacking in the looks department as their main priority is the security and protection of their users. But gladly this is not the case. There are 2 options for the layout of your inbox, the first displays your emails in a column on the left and then display the selected email on the right. And then the section option is to just have the list of emails and you can open the emails you wish to view. Depending on where you are when you are using this client could depend on how you have it laid out.

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