Quit Gmail for free encrypted email.

Find out why it is time to quit Gmail for free encrypted email: Tutanota with its built-in encryption makes sure that no one can exploit your private emails.

2020-02-12 / First published: 2019-05-17
Gmail is the Goliath among all free email services. But 15 years after its start, it is time to switch to a secure email alternative. Try Tutanota today, the free encrypted email service that keeps your emails secure and private - guaranteed without ads.

Why it is time to use encrypted emails instead of Gmail, Yahoo & Co!

The most obvious reason: Email encryption has become easy. Check it out in this video.

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, Outlook, Fastmail or other email services that can read your emails and harvest your data.

Here are five reasons why it is time to quit Gmail for the free encrypted email service Tutanota.

Reasons to quit Gmail and switch to 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.

Gmail knows what you clicked last summer.

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 that the team behind F-Droid likes the Tutanota security:

Open source email service with an app on F-Droid.

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:

Google Quote: We know everything you do online.

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:

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. In general, Europe has some of the best privacy rights and data protection laws.

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? Asked 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.

Stop using email services that don't respect your privacy! Learn here how you benefit from upgrading Tutanota.

The support from our users motivates us to work even harder to make Tutanota the easiest to use encrypted email service out there. Check our email encryption guide to see how easy email encrytion in Tutanota already is.

Check out this overview to see how Tutanota compares as a Gmail alternative.

Fight with us for our right to privacy!

Secure mail team The Tutanota team is committed to provide anonymous email for everyone to protect your right to privacy.

If you are looking for more Google alternatives, you can also check our quick guide on how to leave Google as well as this guide by Restore Privacy.

Get your free email account now!

And if you're not convinced yet, check out our video why using a privacy-first service such as Tutanota is so much better!

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