How to hide your IP address when sending emails

By: Ivan Jenic
4 minute read

Email is one of the oldest products of modern technology that’s been very live to this day. But with advancements in cybercriminal, our email inbox and outbox have become dangerous places.

We’re not going to discuss junk mail and malicious emails you get from shady people on a daily basis here. We’re going to talk about what can you do to make emails you send as safe and private as possible, and avoid exposing every single bit of your identity.

That’s right, we’ll talk sending emails anonymously. I’m not going to dig into your reasons for hiding your info while sending emails. I’m sure you have your own reason behind this, and it’s okay.

So, let’s get to the point and show you how to appear completely invisible to receivers of your emails.

Make anonymous email account

Let’s go step by step. The first thing you should do is create another email account using an alias instead of your real name. You can use just about any email service you want, I’ll leave the choice to you.

Don’t worry, your email provider won’t ban you for using a fake name. Once you’ve set up everything, you’re done with just the first step. Don’t rush with sending emails as soon as you create an anonymous account. Because there’s more.

Even if you use an alias when sending emails, you’re still trackable. Sure, your name is different, but your IP address is still visible. Which makes you easily discoverable.

So, if you really want to send emails anonymously, you should disguise your IP address, as well. If you’re not sure what is an IP address, check out our article about hiding your IP address for some brief info, or our post about IP addresses for more detailed explanation.

How to hide your IP address when sending emails

You can hide your IP address while sending emails in multiple ways. However, some of them are not safe and reliable. So, I’m going to list just two that I think are both easy and safe to use.

Use VPN

Using VPN is definitely the easiest and most practical way of hiding your IP address. Basically, all you need to do is install and run one single app. And you’re good to go.

In case you’re not familiar with this kind of software, Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that connects you to its own dedicated server, instead of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) server.

So, instead of showing your real IP address, you’ll be showing the IP address of the VPN server. That way, you’ll be almost untraceable.

Using an email account with fake credentials in combination with VPN is a winning strategy. It leaves no room for a receiver to track you down.

Unless the person you want to send an anonymous email to is a hacker. In that case, you better back off. Because a hacker can still find a way to track you down, even if you use VPN. So, you should have in mind that this puzzle is not completely unsolvable.

There are many great VPN providers you can use, but I personally recommend CyberGhost VPN. This app will get you covered flawlessly for free. Of course, if you only use it for hiding your IP address.

But if you want to explore full capabilities of one modern VPN service, CyberGhost also offers many advanced features. Like secure browsing, ad blocking, access to services unavailable in your region, preventing tracking from Google and social media, and more.

And our online privacy and security concern is on the rise, this app will certainly come in handy. You don’t want the government to keep an eye on you 24/7, don’t you?

Use Tor

Another way to mask your IP address when sending emails is by using Tor. But first, let me clarify that Tor isn’t a devil’s platform for accessing the Dark Web, like you probably think it is.

The only reason people use Tor to access the Dark Web is because of its high level of encryption and anonymity of users. You can legitimately use this browser for doing other stuff on the internet without leaving the trace behind. Like sending emails anonymously.

The main difference between using Tor and VPN is that your VPN connection is a straight line, as you still communicate with a single server. Tor, on the other hand, disassembles your connection request into ‘smaller pieces’ that circulate across a series of computers distributed around the world, making you even harder to find.

If you’re interested in setting up Tor, we have an article dedicated to that. So, check out the article for more info about this technology and detailed instructions for setting it up.

That’s about it. VPN and Tor are two most legit methods to use if you want to hide your IP address when sending emails. Once again, I don’t recommend other ways, like using dedicated sites for changing your IP, because it’s just not trustworthy.

I hope you found what you were looking for, as I said, I won’t dig into why would you want to hide your IP address when sending emails, that’s your business, I just showed you the way.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, just write them down in the comments below.

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