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Anonymous e-mail accounts

The reasons as to why using e-mail accounts together with JonDonym may be:

If you would like to have an anonymous email account, please create a new account first. Choose an E-Mail address of the form anonymous1234abcd@xx.yy, that is "anonymous" + numbers + letters. If all JonDo users create addresses of this form, they are much less distinguishable. You can use JonDo+JonDoFox to create the account in the web interface of the new provider.

Recommended Mail Provider

The following email providers are privacy-friendly and offer secure SSL encryption for POP3 and SMTP. The HTTPS encryption for some webinterfaces is not genuinely secure and email tracking features are not blocked at all if you were using webinterfaces. We recommed the usage of email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird for email communication to avoid this flaws. (The random order in the list isn't an assessment.)

Provider Comment


offers secure, anonymous e-mail accounts hosted in Swiss, sender IP hiding, for $3.33 per month, anonymous payment with Pecunix, secure HTTPS encryption for webinterface)

Posteo and aikQ

German mail providers, servers located in Germany, accounts from 1 € per month, anonymous accounts possible, anonymous payment by letter, secure HTTPS encryption


German mail provider, servers located in Germany, anonymous accounts from 1 € per month with calendar, addressbook, filesharing, OpenPGP encrypted mailbox and mail delivery only with SSL/TLS possible, sender IP hiding, anonymous payment by letter and Bitcoin, secure HTTPS encryption


Runbox Solutions AS is a Norwegian limited company, server located in Norway, accounts for $1,66 per month, anonymous payments by postal letter possible, secure HTTPS encryption


offshore corporation (Seycellen), operators are located in Gibraltar, servers located in Japan, Swiss, two accounts from $11.90 per month, emergency wipe of mailbox by SMS possible, secure HTTPS encryption


Swiss hosted groupware with addressbook, calendar and email, email accounts for 4.41 CHF per month with SMTP/IMAP/POP3, groupware accounts for 10 CHF per month, no third party ads used for webinterface, secure HTTPS encryption

Associazione-Investici, Nadir.org, AktiviX.org

services for political activists, offers blogs and mailing lists too, you have to give a prove for your political activities but it is not required to give a real name

Due to the US PATRIOT Act (especially p. 215ff) and the fourth amendment to the FISA Amendments Act it is possible for US authorities to eavesdrop on the communication of non US citizens without warrant. According to the US authorities it is enough that the servers are located in the US. In the EC study Fighting cyber crime and protecting privacy in the cloud the authors are warning about political surveillance. That's why we can recommend the following email providers only partially.

Security Notes: Information about long term communication partners can be used to feature out your real identity! If you need a highly anonymous e-mail account to do something – may be for whistleblowing – create a new mail account and use it only for this one job. Delete the account, if the job was done and never use it for other communication partners.

GMail and anonymisation services

User of GMail accounts may have problems using TorBirdy and anonymisation services like JonDonym. The Google account security team wrote an answer because of questions by the Tor community:


I work for Google as TL of the account security system that is blocking your access.

Access to Google accounts via Tor (or any anonymizing proxy service) is not allowed unless you have established a track record of using those services beforehand. You have several ways to do that:

  1. With Tor active, log in via the web and answer a security quiz, if any is presented. You may need to receive a code on your phone. If you don't have a phone number on the account the access may be denied.

  2. Log in via the web without Tor, then activate Tor and log in again WITHOUT clearing cookies. The GAPS cookie on your browser is a large random number that acts as a second factor and will whitelist your access.

Once we see that your account has a track record of being successfully accessed via Tor the security checks are relaxed and you should be able to use TorBirdy.

Hope that helps,

Google account security team

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