Experiments with anonymous email

We recently received a letter from a German lawyer alleging a copyright violation. Time to say auf wiedersehen to internet surveillance and censorship! :-)

Many VPN providers accept payment with bitcoin. Some have zero log retention policies. Current front runner is ironsocket. But they all need an email address. So, how to get a reasonably anonymous email address?

I first tried Hushmail. Free signup, easy. But, I need to login every 3 weeks or my account is suspended, and the only way to get it back is to upgrade and pay $35/year. Too expensive.

Second step was MailFence. They need an existing email to verify my account, but they accepted my hushmail address, and maybe they’d accept a mailinator address. Account is free, doesn’t appear to expire, but doesn’t support POP / IMAP.

How to use it?

I’m wondering how far to go. I could create clean email addresses via tor, pay for a VPN with bitcoin, and in theory, have an untraceable VPN account. However, every time I connect, my originating IP would be visible, and so I’d be easily trackable. Given all of that, maybe a totally clean email address is overkill. There’s also the anonymity of the bitcoins to think about…

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