Three Ways How to Send an Anonymous Email

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idcloak recommends three ways of how to send an anonymous email, both in terms of concealing sender name and sender IP address.

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First of all, what does anonymous actually mean? Where internet computing is concerned, there are two main uses of the term.

The technical meaning of ‘anonymous’ is that the user’s IP address is removed from communication. Since a user’s IP address is the main give away of their identity, removing that IP address gives them an important level of privacy.

The second meaning of anonymous is the conventional one: that the user’s real name does not appear in the communication.

Here are three ways to send an anonymous email that applies to both of these definitions:

1. Set up an Outlook.com or Gmail account without divulging your credentials. These two email providers do not place your IP address in your email headers. This means, if you do not use your real name to set up an account, receivers will not be able to see who or where you are based unless you tell them. However, as the recent NSA controversy has shown, if government or law enforcement agencies have an interest in you, they may simply demand that your email provider hand over your IP address.

2. Set up and use a standard webmail account through an anonymous VPN or Web Master Proxy. If you follow the above procedure (1) but do so entirely through a proxy, neither your IP address nor your identity will ever be tied to that account.

This will ensure that even if a government agency does request access to the email records, they will not be able to locate or identify you. However, you should choose a VPN or proxy provider that is based in a country where there is no law requiring the service provider to record your IP address. VPN providers in EU countries are required to log your IP address as required by the EU Data Retention Directive. There is no law requiring companies in the US to do so.

3. Use an anonymous email sender. There are many free services which allow you to send an email anonymously without setting up an account. They will not include your IP address in the email headers of the correspondence you send.

Make sure to choose a provider based in a different country to your own and be careful not to disclose your identity by other means. The only downside of this option is that most anonymous email providers will only provide the ability to send email anonymously, but no capability to receive messages.

For more details on anonymous emailing, read idcloak’s article: How to send an anonymous email.

idcloak Technologies Inc. is a Dallas-based provider of anonymity, security and anti-censorship proxy services. See idcloak.com for more.

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