I’ve been a Google user since the earliest days, when they were just a search engine, and I’ve been on gmail almost since inception. Lately, though, I’m concerned about how much Google knows about me, and so I’m starting to look at alternatives.
I switched to Duck Duck Go for most searches. I swapped from Chrome to Brave as my browser. Once I have the spare cash, I’ll probably swap into an iPhone.
That leaves Gmail, though, which has however many messages I’ve sent over however many years, and while I realize I can’t delete the profile they’ve built up, I would like to switch to a paid, not-ad based email service. The top options that keep coming up are ProtonMail, Tutanota and Fastmail. I kind of like the idea of having my provider be somewhere with better privacy laws than here in the USA, so the Euro options seem attractive, but really I just one that works reliably and well. I have no problem paying for the privacy-based service; I realize that’s the trade off now.
Does anyone have any experience with any of these options? Or other alternatives. I know Proton etc. can do secure email and all that, which is overkill for me. I don’t email anything secret (oh look, he got another email from Bandcamp announcing some new ambient album), I just don’t want the time/contents/subject/recipients to be added to my already overstuffed targeted marketing profile.