Free Web Email
Free webmail accounts such as those offered by Yahoo and Hotmail are
anonymous in that you can create an account using whatever made-up
details you like. For most purposes such accounts will suffice, for
there is no way the receiver of the emails can tell who you are,
unless you tell them - and you can receive replies.
If you are planning anything illegal or libelous, then a court order
could force the webmail company to release details of which IP address
was used to access the email account.
They are known as Anonymous Remailers. Here is what Freedom Remailer
say about their free service:
"How anonymous is my message?
You message will be sent thru the most advanced anonymous remailing
system on the internet today, the mixmaster remailer system. This
means that nothing will be left in the headers of the message to
identify where the message came from, it will be encrypted before it
leaves this system and it will be remailed through several other
mixmaster remailers before it gets to its destination. Meanwhile all
of the servers along the way will have no idea where the message came
from or is going. So there will be no "log trail" to tell where the
message orginated from. In short, unless you put something in the body
of your message that identifies you, this system is about as
anonymized as it gets. Don't forget though that if you aren't using
SSL to connect to this remailer, your submissions will be visible to
anyone that can sniff your session, such as your neighbors if you are
on a cable modem. So by all means, use SSL to connect to this server!
Like many free remailer services, theirs is currently not working.
Working ones include:
Obviosuly there is a level of trust involved with any third-party
service, especially if they are free.
Your best option is to run your own remailer software:
Or use a paid service like:
A lot more info can be found by reading this Remailer FAQ:
...and visiting the sites listed in:
Google Directory - Computers > Internet > E-mail > Anonymous Mailers
Search strategy: I searched Google Directory for "anonymous remailer"