Top 5 Darknet Email Services for Free

In this post, we will look at five of the most popular email providers that are either free or offer a free alternative and can be accessed over the Tor network.

Privacy is becoming increasingly scarce and difficult to maintain in today’s digital age. Major corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are increasingly well-known for mass-collecting and selling data created by their users, potentially for purposes unknown to the user. Even if data is not sold to advertising, it is still collected, which means it might be unintentionally exposed or get into the hands of an antagonistic group eventually.

This problem also applies to major public email platforms like Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo! Mail. The content of emails sent and received by these services is evaluated on a regular basis in order to create a fingerprint or profile that matches to a user’s specific habits. The easiest approach to avoid unintended consequences from this type of attack is to abandon corporate email services in favor of smaller, privacy-conscious providers that aren’t seeking to earn money by selling their users’ data. Here are five such services that can also be accessed through the Tor browser.

Danwin1210

Darknet: http://danielas3rtn54uwmofdo3x2bsdifr47huasnmbgqzfrec5ubupvtpid.onion/mail/

Clearnet: https://danwin1210.de/mail/

This is a free email service created by a German person named Daniel Winzen that is accessible via both the darknet and the clearnet. Winzen has gone to great lengths to be as honest as possible about how his service works and what data is collected, even providing his personal address and phone number. When compared to similar services, this one is rather basic. Domains for email addresses begin with “@danwin1210.de” and include 50 MB of disk space. The inventor recommends constantly encrypting information sent in emails with PGP and acknowledges that it could otherwise be seen by himself or others.

Registration for a danwin1210 address is straightforward, requiring only the insertion of a username, password, and the completion of a simple captcha. It makes use of a customized version of SquirrelMail, a popular webmail service provider. Files of up to 30 MB in size can be attached, and if the user hits their storage limit, they can contact Winzen using a contact form on the main mail page. Users are also issued a Jabber (messaging) account using the same credentials when they register. Overall, this is a very simple and effective service for individuals who intend to send PGP-encrypted emails.

Elude

Darknet: http://eludemailxhnqzfmxehy3bk5guyhlxbunfyhkcksv4gvx6d3wcf6smad.onion/

Clearnet: https://elude.in

Elude is a free email service that is exclusively hosted on Tor. Through adverts and donations, it purports to earn revenue to meet operational expenditures. Users can select from a variety of email domains, such as airmail.nz, allurba.se, cryptolab.nl, dodg.email, elude.in, eludemail.cc, safemail.xyz, swissmail.be, xmpp.es, elud.email, and mail. When using Elude, bear in mind that you might be banned from the site for sending out emails marked as spam, and your account can be deleted if it is dormant for an extended period of time.

Although Elude is technically free, you will need to pass a verification check to confirm that you are not a bot before you can use it. Sending a personal message explaining why you wish to use Elude, sending a 0.001 BTC fee for fast enabling, or sending an email to the service itself are the three options. Elude also has a crypto wallet and exchanger for BTC, XMR, and LTC, however it is a custodial wallet, thus any monies deposited there are entrusted to the service. According to the service, IP addresses and browser fingerprints are not collected.

Proton Mail

Darknet: https://protonmailrmez3lotccipshtkleegetolb73fuirgj7r4o4vfu7ozyd.onion/

Clearnet: https://proton.me/

Proton Mail, which has been in operation since 2014, is one of the most well-known, privacy-focused email providers. Proton Mail, which has over 70 million registered users, uses client-side, end-to-end encryption for all emails and generates an RSA key pair for each new account. The basic email service is free, and it offers one email address, up to 1 GB of storage space, and a daily message limit of 150. Proton AG, the business behind the mail service, also runs ProtonVPN, which is regarded as one of the top VPN services in the world. To use Proton Mail on Tor, JavaScript must be enabled.

For those who need more storage, functionality, or email addresses, there is a Mail Plus version for $3.99 per month that includes 15 GB of storage as well as other capabilities, and an Unlimited version for $9.99 per month that includes 500 GB as well as an even wider range of functions. The free edition also includes one calendar, Proton Drive for secure file storage, and one “medium-speed” VPN connection through ProtonVPN. Creating an account is simple, but you must provide a verification email. If your IP address has been used to create too many addresses recently, a special invite may be necessary.

Riseup

Darknet: http://vww6ybal4bd7szmgncyruucpgfkqahzddi37ktceo3ah7ngmcopnpyyd.onion/

Clearnet: https://riseup.net/

Since 1999, Riseup has been “operating servers for justice” as a “autonomous digital collective.” Riseup, which is based in Seattle and has members all around the world, aims to give people “freedom of expression” by providing alternative communication resources such as free email accounts. Emails are encrypted on physical servers and can only be read by people who have the recipient account’s credentials. When feasible, email communication is encrypted (not all email providers enable encryption), and Riseup servers use complete disc encryption, which means no data is stored in the cloud.

While Riseup offers a wide range of utilities to account holders, it is necessary to receive an invite code in order to register from an email account. The most usual method is to acquire an invite code from an existing Riseup member, but you may also seek an invite from the site admins by filling out a help ticket (this will also require the provision of an email address through which the requester can be contacted). The Riseup collective’s members are all fully anonymous, and the initiative appears to take internet privacy very seriously.

SecTor.City

Darknet: http://sector2nyjrxphgrj3cvnueanomz4trvgyxofvu3cexltoxuegtlmzid.onion/

Clearnet: none

SecTor.City is a more recent email service that “emphasizes complete anonymity.” It can only be accessed over the Tor network, and they say that their clearnet relay servers do not maintain any logs. Inbound and outgoing mail servers are supposed to be “disposable,” which means they change regularly, and they say that once data queued on them is handled, it is “immediately discarded.” SecTor.City does not impose any limits on its users, although it “discourages” spamming, mailbombing, and general use of its service for “immoral” or illegal purposes.

Creating an account on SecTor.City is a breeze, requiring only a username, password, and the completion of a simple captcha. The domain “@sector.city” is used for all correspondence. Users can only send 10 messages each day, and storage space is restricted to 10 MB. The service is extremely simple and easy to use, with no additional registrations, authentications, or adverts. SecTor.City is thus an excellent solution for those who prefer to send email only through Tor, cherish their privacy, and do not need to send large files.

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