I love encrypted email, and I love writing about it. In researching the next book in the Your Ultimate Security Guide series, Your Ultimate Security Guide: iOS, I decided to give Tutanota a try and I’m glad I did.
The name “Tutanota” comes from the Latin words “tuta” (secure) and “nota” (message). Tutanota offers free, end-to-end encrypted email accounts. No personal information at all is required to create an account, and account creation is allowed through the Tor network. Tutanota encrypts your message including the subject line, and any attachments and stores all of your emails in an encrypted state. When you log in with your username and password, an encrypted version of your password is stored on Tutanota’s servers for the duration of your session. If you lose your password it cannot be reset. Tutanota also allows you to send encrypted emails to non-Tutanota users
Tutanota is incredibly streamlined and user-friendly and Tutanota apps are available for both iOS and Android, and Tutanota also offers a premium level of service for €1 per month. Premium accounts offers some expanded functionality including the ability to create and use up to five aliases (alternate email addresses), unlimited outgoing emails (free accounts are capped at 100 per day), and the option to use your own domain. Both free and paid accounts offer only 1Gb of storage but more (up to 1Tb) will be available for purchase soon.
Unfortunately Tutanota lacks several features that most of us have come to expect in an email service. First, it does not allow you to save drafts (and as a result does not have a “Drafts” folder). It also lacks a search function and the ability to assign labels (an important feature for email power-users). Because of this I see it being used only for exchanging encrypted emails and not a day-to-day, Gmail-replacement system.
Though I am a fan of Protonmail and have been using it much longer, I do like the look and feel of Tutanota and will work it into my daily email routine.