How to Send an Anonymous Email

Last Updated by Nick Soucy on October 07, 2019

Today, our digital footprint is leaving a more significant impression than before, and the ability to link so many of our online social media accounts, profiles, etc., makes it increasingly difficult to express opinions without it being publicly attached to your online presence.

anonymous The bottom line is, sometimes we require a means to express sensitive opinions or information, and we need to protect our identity. Email remains a form of communication that can afford us this anonymity, and creating an entirely anonymous account to send secure email is easier than you think.

Enter ProtonMail; a highly-encrypted, private email service, which offers both free and paid subscriptions to protect you and provide total anonymity.

 

Steps to create ProntonMail anonymous email account

Setting up a ProntoMail account is no more complicated than setting up any other email account with the providers you know and may already use.

  1. Visit ProtonMail.com
    ProtonMail
  2. Enter your preferred username.
    For maximum privacy, we recommend you don’t choose anything similar to a current, non-private email account, and don’t include your real name or contact information.
    ProtonMail username
  3. Choose your desired password.
    Use something secure and complex, with a mix of upper and lower-case letters, special characters, numbers and at with least six characters or more. Never use the same password used for other accounts.
    ProtonMail password
  4. Recovery Email.
    It’s up to you whether you want to link your ProtonMail to an existing account. Preferably, you don’t want to tie this anonymous account to any regular accounts, so that you maintain as much distance and plausible deniability as possible. However, without linking an account, you do risk forgetting your information someday and being unable to access ProtonMail.
    ProtonMail Recovery EmailTo avoid being locked out, while still maintaining separation from your current Yahoo or Gmail accounts, create a dummy account—one whose only function is as a recovery account for your new ProtonMail.
  5. Prove you are human.
    Depending on whether you set up a backup dummy email account, you can choose to prove you are human with a verification email sent to that account or use the CAPTCHA option. We don’t recommend selecting to Donate or using SMS options, because those could be traced back to your phone or financial records.
    ProtonMail captcha verify
  6. Your ProtonMail inbox.
    Once you verify you’re the one establishing the account, you’ll be taken to your ProtonMail inbox. Click “Finish” on the bottom right of the Welcome pop-up, and you’ll be ready to compose your first anonymous email.
    Welcome to ProtonMail

Sending Options

These features are optional, but they can add another layer of security to your email.

  • Encryption: You can use encryption for sending an anonymous email to recipients not using ProtonMail. The encryption icon is a padlock in the lower left of your Compose Email screen and will allow you to set a password that will be needed to be able to read the contents.
    ProtonMail encryption
  • Message Expiration: You also have the option to set an expiration time for your message by clicking the hourglass icon next to the padlock icon. Once you set the expiration, click “Set.”
    ProtonMail message expiration

Free VS. Paid Features and Options:

As with any free software options, some of the features and space capacities will be limited, and ProtonMail is no different.

A free account includes.

  • 500 MB storage (enough to test the features, but not much for long-term use)
  • The Capacity to send up to 150 emails per day
  • Limited customer support
    ProtonMail free plan

A paid account includes.

  • 5 GB storage
  • The capacity to send up to 1,000 messages per day
  • Organizable labels, custom filters, and folders
  • A facility to send encrypted messages to external recipients
  • Create up to five aliases
  • Premium Customer Support
    ProtonMail paid plan

A few reasons you may want to send a message anonymously:

With the prevalence of public shaming and more sensitive attitudes, online content can cause problems that range anywhere from mere embarrassment to endangering your employment or even safety.

Consider using anonymous email for the circumstances below:

  • Making a consumer complaint
  • Sending an anonymous tip to authorities
  • Whistleblowing concerning an essential legal or moral issue
  • Protecting journalistic anonymity for you and your sources
  • Sharing a personal story
  • Discussing something potentially embarrassing, like a medical issue
  • Addressing your safety
  • Discussing issues in the workplace
  • Discussing political issues
  • Any other number of reasons you’d like to have a private conversation

Be smart and stay legal:

Never use anonymous accounts to harass, threaten, or spam another individual.

Wizcase doesn’t condone illegal activity or improper conduct of any type and only ever provide information purely for education or ethical purposes.

Why can’t you use Yahoo Mail, Gmail, or other leading free email providers?

  • It’s purported that these accounts sell your information to pay for their enormous bandwidth
  • Annoying ads, spam, and fraudulent email populates in your inbox
  • They lack privacy

Why is ProtonMail a Secure Choice?

Based in Switzerland, ProtonMail promises to obscure your IP address when you send a message.

Switzerland has some of the strongest privacy laws in the world. Your ProtonMail address (e.g., [email protected]) will be visible but not traceable to you, or even your relative location.

If you’d like to send anonymous email without a personal account, services like Anonymouse permit you to do so via their dedicated website.

Nick Soucy
Nick Soucy is passionate about cybersecurity and cutting-edge technologies—especially those that safeguard online privacy and First Amendment expression. He also has a deep curiosity about artificial general intelligence (AGI) and the philosophical sciences of futurism and transhumanist evolution.