Does A VPN Protect Email? Hmmm…

Does a VPN protect email? Well, unfortunately, the answer is no, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) does not provide any protection for your email messages, but that’s not to say you can’t protect sensitive, personal, private email messages. In order to protect email you can use encryption, there are many ways this can be done, as a matter of fact, you can encrypt, Gmail, Outlook, iOS, OSX, Yahoo, Android, and Webmail. You can encrypt email messaging and depending on your email service provider, it can be enabled through the settings or the use of 3rd party apps. You can also use free/paid mail encryption services, which we will discuss later.

 

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First, we will look at how encryption works and the types of encryption used, to encrypt your email messages.

How Email Encryption Works

Email encryption is basically scrambling the contents of an email message making it a puzzle, which only you have the key to solve. The PKI ( Public Key Infrastructure ) is used to encrypt and decrypt email messages. Each person is assigned a public and private key, this is in the form of a digital code.

The public key is stored on a key server, along with the persons’ name and email address. This public key is used to encrypt email messages, for example, if someone sends you an encrypted email message they would use your public key to encrypt. Your private key is used to decrypt the email message. The private key is stored on your computer in a secure and private place in which you are the only one that has access.

Your key can also be used as a digital signature as proof that an email message was sent by you.

Microsoft How to Encrypt Email

How to Encrypt Gmail, Outlook, iOS, OSX, Android, and Webmail

Types Of Email Encryption

The two main types of email encryption are S/MIME and PGP/MIME. S/MIME stands for ( Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions ) it is built into most iOS and OSX devices. S/MIME relies on a central authority to choose the encryption algorithm. S/MIME is most often used because it is built into larger web-based email companies such as Outlook and Apple.

The other type of email encryption used is PGP/MIME which stands for ( Pretty Good Privacy Multipurpose Internet Email Extensions ). PGP/MIME uses a decentralized trust model and was developed to address security issues that are inherent in plain text messages. PGP/MIME provides more control and flexibility over the encryption used in your email messages. PGP/MIME encryption requires 3rd party encryption tool app.

 

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Some various email services and the encryption they use are :

  • Gmail – Has S/MIME built into the app. Encryption only works if both the sender and receiver have enabled.
  • Outlook – Uses S/MIME, but requires additional user setup.
  • iOS, OSX – Uses as default the built-in S/MIME encryption.

Email service providers that require 3rd party encryption tools :

  • Yahoo – Uses 3rd party app to encrypt with either S/MIME or PGP/MIME. Yahoo also uses as an extra layer of protection that is known as SSL ( Secure Sockets Layer ).
  • Android – can use both S/MIME and PGP/MIME, but requires extra user setup and 3rd party app.

 

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As mentioned earlier, they are a variety of free/paid email encryption services you can use, some of them are :

FREE SERVICES

  • Cipher Mail – is a free app for use with Android devices. It uses S/MIME encryption.
  • Mail Envelope – This is a free app used on Chrome and Firefox browsers, compatible with Gmail, GMX, Outlook, and Yahoo. It uses open PGP/MIME encryption
  • Enig Mail – Is free extension used on Mozilla Thunderbird. It uses open PGP public key email encryption and decryption, it is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Unix-like, and Mac OSX operating system.
  • Gpg4win – Is a free email and file encryption package. It uses GnuPG public-key encryption for data and digital signatures. It is compatible with most versions of Microsoft Windows.

FREE/PAID SERVICES

  • Proton Mail – Has free and paid plans, it allows end-to-end encryption with PGP/MIME compatibility. The paid service price levels are dependent on how many domains and messages are sent per day.
  • Vitru – Provides open end-to-end encryption, used on Chrome and G Suite browsers and is compatible with Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, and Yahoo.
  • Send 2.0 – Provides military-grade encryption. It works with Outlook plug-in and is compatible with Outlook and Gmail.

These are only a few of the service providers, they are more that you could research and choose one that would fit your specific needs.

 

Fake, Disposable, 10 Minute Email Services

These are just a few of the names to describe these types of email services. Fake email services will provide you with a fake email address from which you can send, receive email messages. These email services allow you to send encrypted emails anonymously. The fake email address will protect your primary mailbox from spam, junk email, etc. Most of these services are free to use, there are many to choose from, so you may want to research and find the one that will fit your needs. Here are a few :

  • Guerrilla Mail
  • ZMail
  • Temp Mail
  • Email Fake
  • Trash Mail
  • Dead Fake

I have also included link to help in research:

In The End email encryption

So again a VPN does not protect emails, but if you are worried about email privacy, and or your emails being seen and read by other than the intended recipients, you can protect by means of encryption.

The good thing about using email encryption, for most users it is free, with either user enabled, or 3rd party downloadable app or web browser extensions. You can safely secure your email content, you can ensure your privacy.

With the varied means to protect yourself from viruses, malware, spam, junk email, hackers, email encryption will help with the whole internet, online security needed when navigating the web today. There are so many unforeseen threats that lurk on the internet, waiting for an unsecured connection, to steal, harvest and sell your information. Email encryption is just another tool to totally shut out these threats.

I hope you enjoyed and found this post informative and if you have any questions regarding VPN’s please leave me a comment, and I will get back to you soon, Thank you

Take care

Stay secure and always practice

Safe Text !!!

Butch

22 thoughts on “Does A VPN Protect Email? Hmmm…

  1. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i have engaged the use of fake disposable mail a couple of times. especially when i do not trust the website i am into, getting a good encryption costs since the free ones do not carry every feature.

    • Thank you for taking time to visit and comment, I appreciate it.  I have used a throw away emails myself many times. Anything you can do to protect your online information is worth it. Thank you

      All the best

      Take care

      Butch

  2. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article on VPN email protection and find it is very useful for everyone. while reading I know that VPN does not protect emails, but if we are worried about email privacy, and or our emails being seen and read by other than the intended recipients, we can protect by means of encryption. The good thing about using email encryption, for most users it is free. 

    • Hi Parveen thank you for your comment and taking time to visit, I just wanted to bring attention to more ways of protecting your self while on-line, most people aren’t aware that you can encrypt your emails.  As far as VPN protecting your emails as you pointed they don’t but again most people are not sure what a VPN does or doesn’t do.  All the best, take care

      Butch

  3. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .VPN is not secure for my email messages but it can protect sensitive, private, private email messages .So I use encryption to secure the email. I encrypt Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, Android and Webmail and I encrypt email messaging. I use the free encryption service and I feel safe .And we have easily learned from your article how email encryption works .I hope you all read the article and find out more details and choose the best way for their email protection and will share their new experience with you soon.

    • Hi Shanta, thank you for comment and taking time to visit, I’m glad you found post informative, and I am especially glad that you protect your self while on-line there are so many people who don’t.  All the best, take care

      Butch

  4. Hello Butch. Thank you for sharing this helpful article and information on how we can protect our emails. Well, I knew that a VPN cannot protect our emails. I never had an idea that we can encrypt our emails. This is something I really love. I have learnt so much from this article and now I can encrypt my email using the services you have recommended.

    • Mr Blizy, thank you for your comment and taking time to visit, great to hear you found post informative and useful. Also glad to hear you are going to use.  All the best,

      Take care

      Butch

  5. This is a great breakdown of the topic! I wonder if a VPN would offer any benefits to email security though. I know that it wouldn’t fully prevent emails from being read, but would it offer protection in terms of passwords and other information being readable over your internet connection? I guess what I’m asking is – would combining a VPN and these encrypted email providers you recommend boost security at all, or would that have no effect? Thanks!

    • Hi Kate, thank you for taking time to comment and visit, as to your question not sure how it would work, a VPNs encryption uses different method most use an AES 256 bit key encryption, and the delivery method is achieved thru what is called a tunnel. Email encryption as laid out in the post is done by public and private key encryption, along with user enabled, and downloadable app or extensions. The use of both at the same time would provide an extra layer of security, but the use of a VPN solely does not provide enough security to keep email safe.  I hope this helps to answer your question. All the best

      Take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  6. Hi, Butch.
    Thanks for sharing the inside story of the VPN security of E-mails. All the technical stuff on various apps that assures E-mail security seems to be very confusing to me but your article cleared all the doubts step-by-step. Now I have a much better understanding of VPN security. Bookmarking this valuable information for future reference.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Hi Gaurav, I am glad you found article informative and helpful. I tried to simplify the encryption process as much as possible, unfortunately most of the stuff dealing with computers is a bit confusing.  Thank you for taking time to comment and visit, much appreciated.  all the best

      Take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  7. Hello, Your guide is very helpful for me. As I know Email encryption is basically scrambling the contents of an email message making it a puzzle, which only we have the key to solve. The PKI is used to encrypt and decrypt email messages. VPN does not protect emails, but if we are worried about email privacy, and or our emails being seen and read by other than the intended recipients, we can protect by means of encryption.

    • Hi Lalita, I am glad you found post helpful, I hope you can use some of the ideas covered to make your online presence more secure, thank you for taking time to visit and comment, much appreciated, all the best

      Take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  8. Now I know that these are just a few of the names to describe these types of email services. Fake email services will provide you with a fake email address from which you can send, receive email messages. Email encryption is basically scrambling the contents of an email message making it a puzzle, which only you have the key to solve. Your guide is awesome for everyone.

    • Hi Naksh, thank you for taking time to visit and comment, I am glad you found post informative take care, all the best

      Stay secure

      Butch

  9. Thank you for the article, I’m starting to learn about informatics and honestly I can say I have a long way to go before I become an expert. However, this article has been useful for me since I would like to use email encryption for my business email account. Looking forward to getting to know more about this topic.
    Wish you the best.
    Andy

    • Hi Andy, thanks for comment and taking the time to visit. Email encryption is ideal for business application, also some VPN services have a VPN for business use, you may want to look at this also. Glad you found post informative and helpful. All the best, take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  10. I had no clue what a VPN was until I read your post, it is very insightful information. I never knew I could use a fake email if I needed to. I always thought that was for shady stuff, but its not. I’m just amazed at all you had to offer here. Thank you.

    • Hi Therese, thanks for the comment and for taking the time to visit. The use of a fake email address serves many purposes, a lot of people use it when they receive or send to an email address they’re not sure of, this way it protects your personal email from viruses and spam. Of course with most anything, there is an element that will use technology for illegal activity, but the use of fake email, encrypting email, VPN service are some of the best ways to protect yourself from some of these illegal activities. I am glad you found the post informative and helpful, all the best, take care

      Stay secure

      Butch

  11. Hi Butch, Very interesting article. VPN will not protect Emails. OK! But will VPN not disclose the name and IP address of the owner of an email address? As a Dutch person, I live in SoCal and there are several forums in the Netherlands that do not want me on their discussion sites. I have been kicked out twice. Thank you

    • Hi Ronny, thank you for taking the time to read my article. One of the ideas behind VPN use is to help hide or change your location, and protecting your identity, data, and information when using the internet, while its use does not protect emails, when you use a reputable VPN you can change your IP address to that of another country, in other words, you can make it look you are in another country. The VPN I use has many different countries and cities to choose from, so if you want to join a closed forum you can change your server location to make it look like you are in the Netherlands, and gain access. I hope this helps

      Take care

      Stay secure and always practice

      Safe Text !!!

      Butch

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