For all the freedom the Internet gives us, there’s a surprising number of things we just can’t or shouldn’t say in an email.
We have to keep quiet about how corrupt our boss is lest he finds out we’ve been badmouthing him and fires us.
We can’t say anything about a secret deal our government is making with another country, or we’ll end up in a heap of trouble.
There’s a ton of things we can’t just casually write about to someone in an email.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Or at least, it’s true only for your regular emails like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL and the like.
These email providers, you see, have their place (and it’s an important one) in online communication. However, if you want to be sure that your privacy is protected, you need an anonymous email service.
So, we are going to talk about anonymous emails, what we believe to be the best encrypted email service and how to set an anonymous email account.
What is Anonymous Email?
You probably send and receive emails every day. Although a lot of what you receive is spam.
Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, for instance, says in its Total Global Email & Spam Volume for November 2019 report that the average daily spam volume for that month was 412.19 billion.
In comparison, the average daily legitimate email volume was 70.69 billion.
But an even bigger problem than spam is phishing. 1 in every 99 emails is a phishing attack, according to Small Business Trends.
Phishing is one of the top reasons why businesses lose millions because of cyberattacks.
It just takes a single email with sensitive information about yourself, your family, organization or customers, sent over an unsecured channel and someone to intercept your conversation and you’re in trouble.
That’s why, if you want to keep your privacy intact, you should be sending anonymous emails.
An anonymous email is one that doesn’t contain any personally identifying information and can’t be traced back to you.
How to Create an Anonymous Email Account?
Of course, before you can enjoy the privacy of an anonymous email and keep your information confidential, you’ll need to first create an account.
There are several ways to create anonymous email accounts. For this, you’ll need an anonymous email service.
We’ll show you how easily that’s done with CTemplar: Armored Email.
CTemplar is the best encrypted email service in the world. It uses 4096-bit encryption and never tracks your IP (so it’s 100% anonymous.
The first thing you need to do if you already don’t have an account is to select your preferred account type. CTemplar offers several pricing plans ranging from Free (you can upgrade it anytime) to Champion ($37.5/m).
For example, with the Free plan, you get 1 alias, 1GB storage, 10MB attachment limit and can send 200 emails every day.
On the other hand, with Champion, you get 200 aliases, 100 custom domains, 50GB storage space, can attach files up to 50MB and can send an unlimited number of email messages per day.
The next step, after you select the account type, is to create your account.
This includes just three steps, the third of which is optional and only used if you forget your password.
- Username and domain.
This is your CTemplar email address.
Don’t use your name or something that might be used to identify you easily.
Take on a different persona.
A secret identity if you will.
Again, don’t use something that can be used to identify you.
It’s a good idea to use a password generator.
Norton has a pretty good one that will generate a random string of characters (letters, numbers and special characters). You can generate passwords up to 64 characters long with it.
- Recovery email
This third step is completely optional and in light of what we said about keeping your regular email and anonymous email accounts separate, you might as well skip it.
And now that you have an anonymous email account, you can enjoy your online privacy when sending emails!
Keep This in Mind When Sending Emails!
Since you want this to be anonymous, let’s talk about a few things you should keep in mind when creating anonymous email accounts:
- Don’t include any personally identifiable information in your username or password.
That includes your name, nickname, spouse name, kids’ names, where you live, where you work, etc. In other words, anything that someone might use to identify you.
- Keep your anonymous email login information separate from your public profiles and accounts.
That includes your work or personal email account, social media accounts, Google…
Never log in to these with your anonymous email account.
Save your anonymous email password somewhere safe. A good password manager like LastPass can be helpful, just make sure they’re encrypting your information and can keep your passwords safe.
- Browse incognito.
Some browsers like Google and Firefox have what is known as “incognito mode”.
With this feature enabled, the browser will create a temporary session, separate from your main session and won’t store any browsing history while it’s on.
What’s more, while in incognito mode, websites you visit won’t store cookies locally on your computer and will forget your user data as soon as you close the browser window.
So you see how this can be useful when sending anonymous emails?
- Don’t talk about using anonymous emails to anyone
The first rule of the anonymous email club is don’t talk about the anonymous email club.
Not your family.
Not your friends.
Not your coworkers.
You tell one person about having an anonymous email account. Then that person “lets it slip” to another person (or a room full of people).
Before you know it, you have to explain to everyone that you’re not a secret Russian hacker or Mr. Robot.
No. You’re just someone who wants to keep their email communication private.
And now that you know how to create an anonymous email, you can.