The love affair with Google’s Gmail is slowing simmering for many Americans. People have become disenchanted with 24/7 surveillance from a company who once fed us the motto “Don’t be evil,’ and that is just the beginning of a long list of reasons to dump Google products. The demonetization of many dangerous personalities like Mark Dice, Ron Paul, as well as Diamond and Silk has also left a sour taste in our mouths.
Since its inception, Google has never been a friend. Their lineage includes funding from the CIA’s investment arm In-Q-Tel, who has quietly been pumping millions (or possibly billions) of dollars into Silicon Valley startups over the years.
Google recently decided to flex their authoritarian muscles by banning the ENTIRE Natural News website from their search engine for almost a week in late February 2017. The ban was a stark reminder of the how powerful the Google regime is. Luckily Natural News is big enough to push back against Goliath. Smaller sites won’t be so lucky and will disappear from the internet without a trace.
Since we can’t count on the Government to regulate Google and label it a public utility, which wouldn’t work anyway because the Government is 100% incompetent and utterly worthless, we need to vote with our actions and stop using Google platforms, especially Gmail. As of August 2017, an estimated 1.2 billion people have Gmail accounts, which roughly translates into a 20% share of the global market. This powerful reminder just goes to show you how much personal information to which Google has access. Just image how many emails you receive from your bank, credit card company, IRS, doctor, dentist, spouse, family, teachers, schools, etc…Scary isn’t it.
The bright side is that there are plenty of choices out there that aren’t interested in your personal data. I know it sounds too good to be true, but we have options.
Below is a list of email providers, in no particular order, that value your privacy. Please note I have no financial relationship with any of these companies and will not receive ANYTHING if you decide to use their service. As with anything exercise due diligence when choosing a company. These listed below are some I thought of as the best:
Protonmail is based in Switzerland and offers 500MB of free storage. They accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. Protonmail is at the forefront of privacy conscious email providers.
Disroot is a relatively new company based in the Netherlands. They offer 4GB of free storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. Disroot is definitely a company worth checking out. They have a great platform with a tremendous amount of options.
Tutanota is based out of Germany. They offer 1GB of free storage. They don’t accept Bitcoin, but they do offer a smartphone app for Apple and Android and offer built in encryption.
Mailfence is based out of Belgium. They offer 200MB of free storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. They also have some great calendar and document add ons and make donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Mailbox is another excellent service based out of Germany. They do charge a nominal fee for their service and offer a 30 free trial. They offer 2GB of storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. They also have a lot of great add-ons like their cloud office.
Posteo is based out of Germany and has been around since 2009. They do charge a small fee for their service (1 Euro per month) and offer 2GB of storage. They don’t accept Bitcoin. They offer built in encryption; you can sign up without entering personal details and allow anonymous pay. This is a company worth checking out if you haven’t already.
Runbox is based out of Norway and been around since 1999. They do charge a small fee for their service, but it is absolutely worth it. Unfortunately, they don’t accept Bitcoin or offer built in encryption. They do offer 2-factor authentication, and your privacy is protected under Norway’s strict privacy laws.
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