Encrypted email, free & easy

Tutanota brings you encrypted email, calendar and contacts as easy as can be, fully secure on mobile and desktop devices with its built-in encryption.

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Tutanota offers more than just easy email encryption. Tutanota makes sure that all your data is always encrypted and can only be accessed by one single person: You. Check out our homepage to learn why Tutanota is the most secure email service.

Tutanota automatically encrypts all your emails, calendars and contacts. Tutanota automatically encrypts all your emails, calendars and contacts.

Tutanota brings automatic encryption to all your devices. Whether you're at home, at work or on the go, encrypting your emails, your calendars, and your address book has never been easier.

Here we explain everything you need to know about what is encrypted

  • in an end-to-end encrypted email in Tutanota,
  • in an encrypted calendar event
  • and in an encrypted contact entry.

But be warned: The following is a very technical explanation! If you prefer an easier summary, check out our email and calendar pages.

What is email encryption?

Email encryption utilizes encryption keys to render the content of an email unreadable to anybody but the sender and the recipient. Thus, encrypting emails end-to-end protects sensitive information from prying eyes.

Comparing PGP and Tutanota

Encrypted emails on mobile are much easier than with PGP Encrypting emails on the go is very easy with Tutanota.

PGP is a widely used standard to encrypt emails. In comparison to PGP, Tutanota offers multiple advantages.

When you encrypt your emails with PGP, the following data is encrypted:

  • body of an email
  • attachments of an email

When you encrypt your emails with Tutanota, the following data is encrypted:

  • sender and recipient names
  • subject line of an email
  • body of an email
  • attachments of an email

How does Tutanota encrypt your data

Tutanota uses the same algorithms as PGP - AES and RSA - to encrypt emails. By designing the encryption ourselves, we can make sure that as much data as possible is being encrypted. This flexible design also allows us to implement encrypted features such as the encrypted calendar and a fully encrypted address book at a much faster pace.

The entire client code of Tutanota is published on GitHub to make sure that security experts can check the code and verify that no encryption backdoors are included.

Writing an encrypted email in Tutanota takes only seconds

How is the Tutanota encryption superior to PGP

The examples shown below demonstrate how Tutanota's implementation of end-to-end encryption is superior to PGP. Our method allows us

  • to easily encrypt all kinds of data such as contacts and calendar entries.
  • to encrypt much more data within emails (subject lines, sender & recipient names).
  • to update the encryption algorithms to quantum-secure ones.
  • to add Perfect Forward Secrecy in the future to make sure that not all data can be decrypted in retrospect should the keys ever get compromised.

All these features are impossible to implement with the PGP standard.

Technical explanation

Encrypted email

Tutanota encrypts as much data as possible directly on your device. You can verify this yourself: When logged in in a web browser, press F12 to open the developer console. Then click on 'Network' and 'Preview' to see what data is sent to the server. This view is updated every time you open an email, a contact or a calendar entry. All texts that are rendered in non-readable form by humans are sent to the server end-to-end encrypted and Base64-encoded.

Tutanota encrypted email body

The screenshot shows the encrypted email contents. Similar to PGP, Tutanota encrypts the data of an email end-to-end with a hybrid encryption protocol based on AES and RSA.

Your signature is appended to new mails automatically. With Tutanota, your signature is stored end-to-end encrypted on our server and synchronized to all of your devices.

As Tutanota does not use PGP, it can encrypt a lot more data of an email than just the contents. This is illustrated by the next screenshot.

Tutanota encrypted email view

The most important thing is that Tutanota encrypts the "subject" as well as the names of the "sender" and the recipient ("toRecipients").

The only data that is not encrypted in a Tutanota email are the email addresses and the date of an email sent or received.

Regarding email security, there are two different cases:

  • End-to-end encrypted emails sent between Tutanota users or to users of other mail systems. Please find details on this in our FAQ.
  • Mails that are sent or received in unencrypted form to/from users of other mail systems.

In both cases, all emails are stored fully encrypted on our servers. We never store unencrypted emails on our servers. However, the non-encrypted emails are not protected with end-to-end encryption, but are only encrypted once they reach our servers.

Encrypted calendar

Tutanota encrypted calendar event

The Tutanota Calendar is a true zero-knowledge calendar because our servers knows nothing about your encrypted events. All data that you store in the calendar is encrypted: The "description", the "endTime", the "location", the "startTime", the "summary", the "uid" (the ID of the event), the "alarmInfos" (which are the reminders that you can define to be notified about upcoming events), and the "repeatRule" (which is the rule to define in what interval and until what date the event should be repeated).

The Tutanota Calendar also encrypts notifications. This is a very innovative approach, but if a calendar does not encrypt the notifications, it renders the entire encryption useless as all data would be transmitted with the push notification in unencrypted form. These alarms are even stored locally on your devices to hide them from our servers. This means we do not know anything about your calendar events, not even when an event is taking place.

In contrast to that, current standards such as iCal do not encrypt any data. If you store your events with an online service for easy access and syncing, you can be sure that someone else is seeing all your calendar events.

In the zero-knowledge Tutanota Calendar all your data is always encrypted so that no one, not even we as the developers, can see your private appointments.

Encrypted contacts

Tutanota encrypted contacts

Tutanota contacts are encrypted entirely, just like the Tutanota Calendar. You can store all your contacts details in Tutanota knowing that no one but yourself can get access to this very personal information of your family members, your friends or your business contacts.

Tutanota automatically encrypts the "birthdayISO", the "comment", the "company", the "firstName", the "lastName", the "nickname", the "role", the "title", the "addresses", the "mailAdresses", the "phoneNumbers", and the "socialIDs".

Encrypt everything

Our motto at Tutanota is to encrypt everything that is possible to encrypt. With our encrypted mailbox, calendar, and address book, we prove that online services can work just as smoothly and easily as you are used to while making sure that your data is secured to the maximum at the same time. At Tutanota your data belongs to you.

We hope you enjoy the security you get with Tutanota.