Why it is time to use encrypted emails instead of Gmail, Yahoo & Co!
Tutanota is a young encrypted email service that protects your right to privacy by offering seamless email encryption. We have improved Tutanota so much that there is no reason anymore to still use Gmail, Yahoo, GMX or other email services that can read your emails and harvest your data.
This post summarizes five reasons why it is time to quit Gmail for the free encrypted emails service Tutanota:
1. Gmail tracks you, we don't.
Gmail, Yahoo & Co all have one thing in common: They want to gather and store as much data about you as possible. It is their business model to create a profile based on your online habits so that targeted ads can follow you around the Internet wherever you go. That's how they make money.
Gmail even tracks what you buy online and keeps this information for years.
Tutanota is the exact opposite: We do not track you and we do not store IP addresses. We are committed to protecting your right to privacy. Tutanota is encrypted, open source email, free from backdoors.
We do not use Google analytics on our website, and we offer a completely Google-free Android app that is published on F-Droid. That's because we want to provide the best open source email service possible.
We are very proud the the team behind F-Droid likes the Tutanota security:
2. Google knows you inside out, we don’t.
Google knows your emails, you search, you browsing habits, the places you’ve visited, in short, everything you do online – and offline. And they don’t even hide it:
While Google has full access to all your emails, we encrypt them all.
Tutanota encrypts your entire mailbox - emails and contacts - and lets you send end-to-end encrypted emails to anybody in the world. As all data in Tutanota is encrypted, only you can access it. Thus, no one can spy on your private emails.
These are the most important features that make Tutanota's security unrivaled:
- end-to-end encrypted mailbox
- end-to-end encrypted address book
- automatic end-to-end encrypted emails between users
- end-to-end encrypted emails to any email address via a password
- secure password reset that gives us absolutely no access
- full-text search of encrypted data, executed locally
- TLS with support of PFS, DMARC, DKIM, DNSSEC and DANE
- GDPR compliant email service with built-in encryption
3. Gmail shares your data, we don’t.
But not only Google can read the content of your Gmail account, they even share your data with third party app developers.
Tutanota, on the other hand, has no option to share your data as everything is encrypted by default. We are very transparent about data requests from the authorities and regularly issue a Transparency Report.
4. Gmail is in the US, we're in Germany
American authorities can request any data from Google even if the data is not stored in the US because of the Cloud Act. If you want to make sure no one but the intended recipient reads your emails, you must use encrypted emails.
In Tutanota all data is stored encrypted on our own servers in highly secured data centers located in Germany. This means we have absolutely no access to your data because only you hold the decryption keys.
On top of that, Germany has very strong data protection laws, which have become even more strict with the European GDPR.
5. Our passion for privacy vs. profit maximization.
Tutanota is being built by a team passionate about everybody's right to privacy. We are supported by an amazing community, which enables us to grow our team continuously and make Tutanota a lasting success, without being dependent on venture capital interests.
Google is simply too big and too powerful. In 2017 Google outspent every other company on lobbying in the US.
Our aim with Tutanota is not to maximize profits or to satisfy investors. We are building Tutanota to fight mass surveillance and to stop corporate intrusion into our right to privacy.
We need more competition, less tracking and more focus on securing our private data. Even if you have nothing to hide, no one should be able to harvest your private data. It is getting easier and easier to turn away from Google. Lots of people are doing it already and so can you.
Last, but not least: We listen.
Have you ever contacted Google for support? Ask them to add a feature that you are missing in Gmail? Usually, there is silence.
At Tutanota we listen to our users. We respond on social media. In fact, we want the community to ask for features you would like us to implement next. In short: We care.
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The support from our users motivates us to work even harder to make Tutanota the easiest to use encrypted email service out there.
Fight with us for our right to privacy!
The Tutanota team is committed to provide an anonymous email service to protect your right to privacy.
Recommended for further reading: Quick guide on how to leave Google completely.