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Alternative to Hushmail: Encrypted webmail service Countermail

If you care about privacy you will be using encryption for your emails, you would not write on a postcard everything you says on an email right? If you are not using encryption to send emails then it is as if you wrote your message on the outside of an envelope and it can easily be read by anyone who knows how to use a packer sniffer, such as Wireshark.

Hushmail has now a competitor, and it is called Countermail. I have been using it for the last few days and their capabilities to keep email private should satisfy most users. If you send email to a person who has a public PGP/OpenPGP-key you can first import his/her key and then the email will be encrypted automatically.

Countermail is easy to use by newbies, and it is compatible with Hushmail users, which it means communications between Hushmail and Countermail will be encrypted, after setting up Hushmail following the instructions given by Countermail FAQ.

If you are sending email to a Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail address encryption will not work but your message will still be digitally signed with you public key making it impossible for someone to supplant your identity.

Countermail, anonymous encrypted webmail
Countermail, anonymous encrypted webmail

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Countermail will keep your privacy hiding your computer IP on the email headers and it uses the standard OpenPGP for encryption.

What I liked most of Countermail is that the sign up process is really simple, you do not get asked for personal information, Countermail will not store you name and address after a credit card payment is verified and finished.

There is no backdoor access to CounterMail email accounts, your encrypted email can only be decrypted with your own secret passphrase and private key, if you lose them that is it. Even the calendar at Countermail is encrypted.

I checked the headers while sending myself an email and they appear to be based in Sweden, the IP revealed that location.

Countermail diskless web server is a unique security feature, this will prevent IP-addresses leaking to a hard drive, if someone steals the web server they will find nothing, their mail server uses hard drives to store the encrypted messages, but all messages are stored encrypted.

Anonymous encrypted email service Countermail features

  • True end-to-end security
  • Anonymous email header
  • Easy installation with a certified Java applet
  • Portable and secure email from any browser
  • Windows, Linux and MacOS support
  • Time Delayed sending*
  • Encrypted file storage/sharing*
  • Use your own domain name*
  • Encrypted chat*

Conclusion Countermail review

Countermail diskless unique web servers starting from a CD-ROM are a far superior privacy guarantee than that of Hushmail and other similar services.

Countermail sign up process is very simple and they will not keep userĀ  identifiable details. Being compatible with OpenPGP encryption is a plus, as well as hiding the sender computer IP on the headers.

The only downside of Countermail is that there is no free account option with a small inbox, such as the one Hushmail has, but if you are willing to pay for a premium anonymous encrypted email service, Countermail is well worth the money and stands out of the competition.

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6 replies on “Alternative to Hushmail: Encrypted webmail service Countermail”

The biggest differences between Hushmail and Countermail is the fact that Countermail stores ALL mail (incoming our sent) in an encrypted format regardless if they were received or sent unencrypted. Hushmail stores those mails in an unencrypted format which means that Hushmail can give out those emails in plain text or someone steal them from their servers.

Another difference is that Countermail does not store the users ip-address. Ever. Hushmail stores the users ip-addresses for up to 30 months. And disclose them at the request of law enforcement. Countermail have no ip-addresses to give. A Countermail user is therefore as anonymous as it is technically possible.

I agree with this article and also with Cm-User but you forgot to say another important feature of Countermail.
The protection against Man-In-The-Middle attacks.

That’s all well and good, but the prices are way out of line for the storage included. To have to buy extra on top of an already expensive account is ridiculous. The security seems good, but to expect the provider to stay in business seems like wishful thinking – customers are necessary, and I can’t imagine there are many of them when Hushmail includes plenty of storage for a lower price.

OMG, can countermail ask more money, get ads or something and make it free.

Such a good service, taking anonymity away by making people pay with their credit cards

you people bitching about money need to remember one thing.. this is the safest, most secure email on the planet.. fork out the cash, or stick to hushmail, who will hand over all logs and IP’s to the feds without question.. I gladly pay for it, and if they raised the rates, I would still pay it. Worth every penny.

Sounds not bad, and if its true and unique I can understand why they charge handsomely for it.

There is only one more key thing I want to see that is on my wish list that hasn’t been mentioned. And I’d be surprised if they put it / leave it up for obvious reasons, that is, they should have email servers and also be incorporated in respective countries that are in political opposition to each other so if I wish to say something against one of them I use that email account in the naturally opposed country! Of course not a business that has their feet in both opposing countries. Basically so they cannot be forced by the three letter organisations. Everything else is only half the secure story. Then we may have a greater chance at freedom. Certainly many of those naturally opposed countries may be corrupt and sell your info back to the country in question, but you can see where I’m going with this. Perhaps choose a more neutral country might be the go, a place where treaties and agreements aren’t in place to share on a whim. If you can’t protect yourself from lying bought out corrupt governments in countries where human rights have been virtually dissipated and incorporated, then there is no freedom.

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