Take Back Your Email Privacy

“Free” email services aren’t free—you pay for them by sharing the most intimate details of your life with corporations and marketers.

With StartMail, your email is for only you to read. We make it easy for you to protect yourself from unwanted intrusion and mass surveillance.

“StartMail may be the easiest way ever to protect your email conversations using industry-standard encryption. ” *
PCMag.com, March 19, 2015. More
  • Send private email to anyone, StartMail user or not
  • Easy, one-click PGP encryption—the Internet’s gold standard
  • We never read your email
  • Based in Europe, home of strict privacy laws and regulations
  • Built by the people behind StartPage and Ixquick, the world’s most private search engines

Why Choose StartMail?

What’s wrong with free email services?

“Free” email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail come at a high price: your privacy. The fine print lets them search every message you send and receive for profit‐generating keywords. They even keep their own copies of your deleted messages and your attachments.

Furthermore, your emails can pass through servers all over the world, where they’re vulnerable to hackers and mass‐surveillance programs. Protecting yourself with encryption is often difficult and time‐consuming.

How does StartMail protect you?

StartMail never reads your email. We believe that your privacy is a basic right. We don’t send or sell information about you to any corporation or marketer, and we don’t store copies of anything you’ve deleted.

StartMail lets you encrypt your email with PGP, the Internet’s gold standard, with a single click. And you can send encrypted email to a regular email user, who reads it by answering a security question you provide. No matter what server your email passes through, it remains secure.

Features & Pricing

Try StartMail for free for one week, or jump in with an affordable, full‐featured account.
All plans include email encryption and secure storage to protect your privacy.

Personal Account Features

10 GB of email storage in a Personal Vault
It’s more space than you will ever need, to safely store all of your sensitive communications.
One‐click PGP encryption webmail client
Think PGP is too hard to use? Think again. We’ve got it down to one click. It’s so fast and easy, anyone can use it—even beginners.
Perfect Forward Secrecy and SSL encryption
We use state‐of‐the‐art security (TLS 1.1 & 1.2) to ensure all your communications remain secret.
Offshore protection from NSA surveillance and spying
StartMail is based in Europe, where USA data collection programs do not directly apply. We have never cooperated with programs like PRISM.
IMAP compatible
You can manage StartMail through your favorite email programs, like Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail.
Disposable email addresses for anonymity and spam protection
For those times when you don’t want to share real email addresses, you can create temporary ones on the fly. Read more.
Write Private email to anyone
Even if your recipient does not use encryption, you can still send encrypted messages with our Q&A feature. Read more.
Costs less per month than a fancy coffee drink
All of the above features come at an affordable price: less than $5 per month. That’s just 16 cents per day.

Meet the StartMail Team

Our Mission

StartMail is built by the people behind StartPage and Ixquick, the world’s most private search engines.

As early as 2005 we recognized the need to treat privacy as a fundamental right. We turned out to be ahead of our time. Over the next decade, revelation after revelation showed how much our online privacy had come under attack. In response, we built more and more defenses into our search engines to protect our users.

People now use StartPage and Ixquick to find information millions of times per day, without being tracked or profiled.

We then turned to our next challenge: email privacy. Everyone uses email, but sending regular email is like sending a postcard—it makes snooping very easy!

Advanced encryption technology already exists to stop hacking and mass surveillance. Making this technology user‐friendly was our challenge.

That’s why we built StartMail from scratch: a total solution for protecting your email privacy that includes features like extra-secure data storage, disposable email addresses, and an ownership that will resist unwarranted intrusion. It has easy‐to‐use ‘one‐click’ encryption, and a very clear privacy policy.

In the longer term we plan to keep adding state‐of‐the‐art privacy‐enhancing technologies, empowering people everywhere to get back their online privacy.

Get Big Brother out of your email. Join the privacy revolution with StartMail!

Still have questions? Learn more about our Policies and Technology, or visit our Support page.

Privacy. It’s not just our policy. It’s our mission.