How to Create an Anonymous Email?
Did you ever sit down to write anonymous email?
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.
Can an anonymous Gmail email be traced?
- Launch Gmail
- Next to the "Reply" arrow, locate and click on the three dots for "More"
- A new list will appear. Click the "Show Original" option
- Find the line that begins with "Received: from". The IP address will be in that line
- Copy the IP address into an IP geolocation tool like Whoisxmlapi IP Geolocation
- If the IP address was real (and the sender was not using a VPN, you should see their information here
These email providers 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, how to set an anonymous email account and finally, how to write anonymous email.
What is Anonymous Email and Why Do You Need an Anonymous Email Service Provider?
You probably send and receive emails every day. Although a lot of what you receive is spam.
Cisco's 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 contains 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 and without revealing any sensitive information, you should be sending anonymous emails.
An anonymous email is one that doesn't contain any personal information and can't be traced back to you.
How to Create an Anonymous Email Account and Not Reveal Your IP address in the Process?
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 an anonymous email account and send an anonymous email. For this, you'll need an anonymous email service provider, of course.
One way to do this is by using a disposable email, or a burner email account. This is really a one-time use email and since most don't have the option to receive replies, it's perfect if you want to send anonymous emails in a hurry.
However, we think that using an encrypted email provider is the better solution.
We'll show you how easily that's done with CTemplar: Armored Email.
This is a true end-to-end encryption email service provider that will never track your IP address, 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 ($50/m) to create your new email account.
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, like personal information.
It's a good idea to use a password generator.
- 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 You Send an Anonymous Email!
Since you want your email messages to be anonymous, let's cover a few things you should keep in mind when creating anonymous email accounts:
Don't Include any Personal 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 Other Online Accounts.
That includes your work or personal email account, social media accounts, Google…
Never log in to these with anonymous email services.
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 (or Better yet, Use a VPN)
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.
However, keep in mind that Google might still track your data if you're using incognito mode in Chrome and your IP address will still be visible.
To prevent your IP address to be exposed, be sure to use a VPN.
So you see how this can be useful when you want to send an anonymous email?
Don't Talk about Using Anonymous Email to Anyone
The first rule of the anonymous email club is don't talk about the anonymous email club.
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. You have your own reasons for this and don't have to explain them to anyone.
And now that you know how to write anonymous email, you can. Enjoy.