Jan 5, 2022

I switched to ProtonMail for my personal email

A few years ago I wrote about how I setup my own personal email server after worries about Edward Snowden's PRISM leak came out. That was a fun project, and it was kind of fun to run that mail server over the last few years, but it finally got old.

It's a real pain in the ass to deal with blacklists, DCIM keys, spf records, etc. I finally decided I had enough when Google started marking my emails as spam. So I moved everything to ProtonMail.

Here's their features:

Swiss privacy

Data security and neutrality

ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland, which means all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.

End-to-End Encryption

Automatic Email Security

We use end-to-end encryption and zero access encryption to secure emails. This means even we cannot decrypt and read your emails. As a result, your encrypted emails cannot be shared with third parties.

Your data, your rules

Protect your privacy

ProtonMail is an email provider/service that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first. Your data belongs to you, and our encryption ensures that. We also provide an anonymous email gateway.

Open Source

Free Secure Email

We believe email privacy should be available to all. That's why our code is open source and basic ProtonMail accounts are always free. You can support the service by upgrading to a paid account.

Easy to Use

Security without the hassle

ProtonMail can be used on any device without software install. ProtonMail secure email accounts are fully compatible with other email providers. You can send and receive emails normally.

Calendar & Drive

Security with Productivity

Proton Calendar and Proton Drive extend privacy to your events and documents. Our secure email service is fully integrated with an encrypted calendar, enabling you to keep your events private as well.

Setup was super easy, and they had migration tools to move all of your old emails and calendar info over. I think I had everything setup in about 15 minutes actually.

I'm paying for the professional version because it is only $5 more per month than I was paying Linode to host my old Ubuntu VM email server. Just seemed like a no brainer.

If you want private email without the hassle of hosting your own email server, I recommend it.

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