Comparing Zoho Mail vs Tutanota

Zoho Mail is an email service that blends some encryption functionalities and integrations with a wide range of tools for businesses. What are the differences between Tutanota and Zoho Mail and which one is the best fit for you?

Key differences between Tutanota & Zoho Mail


Zoho encrypts your emails at rest, whereas Tutanota offers end-to-end encryption of all data. This means that Tutanota encrypts your subject line, content and all attachments of an email, your address book, your inbox rules / filters, the search index, as well as all of your calendar data.

On top both services use TLS for transport encryption. Zoho Mail uses TLS for all communications from POP/IMAP/SMTP clients to their servers. To encrypt the message end-to-end, Zoho uses S/MIME. In May 2018, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced critical vulnerabilities in S/MIME, together with an obsolete form of OpenPGP that is still used in many email clients. Dubbed EFAIL, the bug required significant coordinated effort by many email client vendors to fix this vulnerability. However, to date, it is not clear whether all email services actually did fix the issue.

Tutanota, on the other hand, enables you to to easily encrypt emails end-to-end, even if sent to people not using Tutanota: just type in a password and share it with the recipient. The code to execute the encryption is published as open source so that everybody can verify that no security vulnerability exists and it has been reviewed extensively.

Unlike Zoho Mail, to ensure your security, Tutanota does not offer the option to use standard mail clients via IMAP/Pop as Tutanota’s built-in encryption would not work. Besides, the emails stored in these mail clients would be stored in plain text (unless you encrypt your local hard drive yourself).

Instead, Tutanota has developed open source email clients as the most secure option to use emails, calendars and contacts.

Tutanota uses standard algorithms also being used by PGP (AES 128 / RSA 2048) for encrypting the entire mailbox. However, Tutanota does not use an implementation of PGP itself because PGP lacks important requirements that Tutanota is meant to fix, like not encrypting the subject line, no option for Perfect Forward Secrecy, and difficulty in upgrading algorithms.

In Tutanota the algorithms can be updated much easier, and Tutanota is already working on a research project to replace the current algorithms with quantum secure ones. The flexibility of Tutanota enables us to integrate an encrypted calendar, encrypted contacts and many more features much easier and faster than it would have been possible with an implementation of PGP. All of these make Tutanota the most secure email service on the market.


On top of the most secure and comprehensive type of encryption currently used by any email provider, Tutanota offers additional security features that Zoho Mail does not provide, like a no-log policy, no third-party captcha, the fact that all Tutanota clients are open-source, and all servers are based in Europe.

Tutanota has the highest level of security which makes it the best email service for businesses that deal with sensitive data.

Business features and usability

Zoho Mail is primarily focused on business email features, including tasks, notes and instant chat, and integrations with other enterprise tools from Zoho, like CRM, HR, finance, marketing and IT management systems.

While Zoho Mail offers more out-of-the-box integrations, Tutanota’s business packages include all of the features that most SMEs would need, like custom domains, alias email addresses, the option to customize Tutanota with your branding, multi-user support, calendars, plus an exclusive feature that lacks from Zoho’s offer, Secure Connect, an end-to-end encrypted contact form for your website or intranet, which doubles as a whistleblower system, helping your business comply with new EU legislation.


All your data is stored on our own secure servers powered with 100% renewable energy. Our offices' electricity comes from a renewable energy provider that actively invests into building new facilities for producing renewable energy.


Both Tutanota and Zoho Mail offer low-cost price plans and free options. Zoho Mail’s free plan does not include IMAP/ POP/ Active Sync.

Zoho Mail vs Tutanota
Tutanota as a Zoho Mail alternative: features comparison
Zoho Mail
Encrypted transmission (TLS)
End-to-end encrypted email storage
End-to-end encryption of all internal emails
Easy end-to-end encryption to external recipients
End-to-end encrypted storage of all contact details
Encrypted email subject lines
TOTP for second factor authentication
U2F for second factor authentication
No third party captcha
No-log policy
Servers in Europe
No offices in the USA
Custom domains
Unlimited custom domain email addresses
Multi-user support
Email alias addresses
Whitelabel customizations
Encrypted calendar
Server IMAP support
Offline support in mobile & desktop clients
Inbox rules / smart filters
Conversation view
Access on any device
App on F-Droid
Own desktop clients
Zero-knowledge full-text search
Low starting price
Special offer for NPOs

Zoho Mail vs Tutanota Summary

While Zoho Mail leads in terms of integrations with enterprise tools, Tutanota leads in terms of security and privacy.

Tutanota has better and more extensive encryption and all our email clients are open source. We want everyone to have the opportunity to look at the code because it means that any possible flaws will be quickly detected and fixed. It also means that we can’t hide any backdoors, so you can trust us to protect your data. Zoho’s applications are closed-source and rely on integrations with closed-source third-party tools that don’t prioritize your privacy and security.

And while Zoho’s data centers are distributed across the US, Europe, China, India and Australia, we own our infrastructure, our secure servers are located in Germany and powered with 100% renewable electricity.

Switch to Secure Emails Today

Switch now and simply forward your emails to Tutanota!

First of all: Register your personal Tutanota email address.

Then follow these easy steps to forward all emails from Zoho Mail to Tutanota:

  1. Login to your Zoho Mail source account and navigate to 'Settings' .

  2. Go to Mail Accounts.

  3. Select the address for which you would like to configure email forwarding.

  4. Under the 'Forwards' section, specify the email address to which you want to forward a copy of your email.

  5. A confirmation email will be sent to the added email address. Email forwarding will be enabled only after you verify via this email.

  6. Check the 'Delete original email copy after forwarding' option to delete the original email from Zoho Mail. Leave the option unchecked if you want to retain a copy of the emails in your Zoho Mailbox.

From now on all emails sent to your Zoho Mail account will be automatically forwarded to Tutanota. You can inform important senders of your new Tutanota email address and delete unimportant ones. This way, once you stop the auto-forward in Zoho Mail, you will have a much cleaner inbox and get rid of all the unwanted newsletters that have accumulated over the last couple of years.

Welcome to the encrypted side!

No Tracking
With end-to-end encryption and 2FA, your emails have never been more secure. The built-in encryption guarantees that your mailbox belongs to you: Nobody can decrypt or read your data.
We Love Open Source

Tutanota is open source so security experts can verify the code that protects your emails. Our Android app is Google-free making Tutanota the best open source email service.

On Any Device
Our apps for iOS, Android & desktops let you send secure emails wherever you are. Our fast web client & apps make sure email encryption is a pleasant experience.

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