E-mail addresses are the Achilles’ verses of any digital identity. Hardly any platform allows registration without an e-mail address. Although there is a slow change from e-mail to telephone number, a lot of time will pass before the numerical order becomes the new top dog. Reason enough to deal with e-mail as a means of communication.
IT security, privacy and the prevention of identity theft start here. Those who use the same e-mail for each access have bad cards. Does the Facebook password match the email account password? Then criminals have found the jackpot. So that you are not the jackpot, there is this guide.
Here you will find different ways and means of counteracting this. You don’t have to heed all the tips. Find out the relevant tips for you. Not everything is always compatible or even useful. These tips are aimed at the general use of email with a special focus on the password reset function.
You can try hosting an email server yourself, but the general public is not advised to do so. If you are still interested in the topic, you should take a look at mail-in-a-box. There are plenty of email providers out there that do their job well. Here is a list of providers you should take a closer look at. I personally think ProtonMail, Posteo and Mailbox are especially good. Of course you can argue about that. The selection is therefore larger, there everyone finds something for itself.
- Average user (price, own domain and memory)
For most, price is likely to be a determining factor. There are only a few free services for this target group, where you get some advertising, but it stays within the limits. Interesting is the placement of your own domain. With Protonmail, your e-mail address does not have to end at email@example.com – if you own a domain, you can also use it. Then nothing speaks against firstname.lastname@example.org. The memory provided is worth another look. As a rule, this can be increased for a fee. If you send a little data back and forth, then 500MB is enough. With normal E-Mails, without attachment, it takes very long, until these are full. Isn’t 500MB enough? Then maybe you are the following user.
- “E-Mail as file transfer”-user
Do you frequently handle PDF files, module manuals, homework, pictures or scanned documents in e-mails? These files can quickly fill your mailbox if they’re not discarded. So if you tend to send and receive larger amounts of data via e-mail, you should prevent this and choose a service that provides more space from the beginning. Once you’re ready to pay money for storage space, you’ll get plenty of space with most providers.
- E-mail simply encrypted
Anonymity and the protection of your privacy drive you? And now you are looking for a convenient communication medium? Then the encryption point might be more important for you. S/MIME and PGP are the standards when it comes to email encryption. Not easy to read into the topic. So it’s even better if your email provider does a lot of work for you. You can add an extra layer of security to your privacy by accessing services over the Tor network. Just take a look at the services that are also accessible via the Darknet (currently only ProtonMail) and where you can pay with Bitcoin.