Decentralized email

Decentralized email

As we collectively explore Google alternatives, many of us are wondering which services can replace Gmail.  Since most of us are looking for Google and Gmail alternatives due to its spying, censoring, and other bad practices, we might do well to consider blockchain based encrypted email services.  You probably wouldn’t want to choose from another big company, like Outlook.com, because the other big email providers have many of the same weird practices as Google.  

Choosing a decentralized email provider will have many benefits, and there are several suitable Google alternatives to choose from.  Here at Hashtag Space, we promote the decentralized web and we operate on a decentralized platform ourselves, known as MetaHash.  We offer a decentralized browser and a decentralized hashtag domain name service, found at hashtag.space.

It is recommended that you choose a decentralized email solution and use a decentralized browser.  Therefore, we encourage you to download our metahash browser, which can be accessed by clicking on the blue link above that says “MetaHash.”  If you are a marketer, take a second to check out our hashtag domain name registration service by clicking on the “hashtag.space” link above and see the future of the decentralized web!

Now, let’s briefly compare the best GMail alternatives, but, first, let’s analyze the pros and cons of Gmail.

Why Quit Gmail?

Gmail is an excellent email service because it is free for everyone and it has a lot of storage.  With Gmail, you can apply labels, archive messages, and the layout of the app is clean and intuitive.  Gmail can also be synced with any other client that you want, and the Gmail application provides contact sync with google contacts.  Overall, Gmail is ubiquitous and easy to get started with.  Unfortunately, this wonderful app is also reading all of your emails and taking all of your data!

If you are like us, you probably don’t like the idea of Google or any other company parsing through all of your personal communications.  You probably don’t like the idea of them selling your data to other  advertisers either.  Hence, the need for a viable alternative whereby we can access the same kinds of tools without the downside.  

Gmail Alternative #1: ProtonMail

ProtonMail has become a very popular email alternative to Google over the years and offers total privacy for its users.  Everything is encrypted on ProtonMail and nothing is shared.  ProtonMail users can create email addresses without providing any personal information.  Further, ProtonMail is open sourced and has a free tier that anyone can use, providing up to 150 emails a day and 500 mb of storage.  

For a very small amount of money, ProtonMail users can upgrade their plan to 1,000 emails a day and 5 GB of storage.  This tier will also enable users to use their own email domains and create up to 5 email addresses.  

There is also another tier for large businesses in ProtonMail.

Compared to the interface of Google or GMail, ProtonMail does not look as modern, as its menu is very simple.  Users will have to accept the less-attractive layout of ProtonMail if they want to access the full benefits of this service.  Of course, users of ProtonMail can always use custom CSS to create the exact look and feel that they want. 

ProtonMail can import your contacts also, but it does not offer a calendar.  All-in-all, ProtonMail is a very secure and viable solution or Gmail alternative, although some users find ProtonMail to be a bit restrictive. Frankly, this is a natural side-effect of dealing with a fully encrypted solution like ProtonMail.

Gmail Alternative #2: Net-C

Net-C, also known as Net Courrier is a European mail provider, offering email and storage space of 500 mb by default.  Additionally, Net-C users receive a free address book, calendar, and photo  storage.

One of the setbacks about Net-C that users complain about the most is that they are asked to give a lot of information when setting up an account, including name and birthday.  Users also need to accept the terms of service of Net-C’s email service, which states that targeted ads may be used on free accounts by using cookies in your browser.  Of course, premium accounts are not subject to ads.

Again, the look and layout of Net-C is not as clean, sleak, moden, or as robust as GMail.  However, it can pass.  The interface is simple and straightforward, meaning that Net-C users should be able to navigate and their way fairly easily.