List of ProtonMail Secure Email Reviews (updated 2021)

On this page, you can find a full list of reviews of ProtonMail’s Secure Email service

Since our launch in 2014, ProtonMail has attracted significant interest from news outlets and technical professionals as the first secure email service with end-to-end encryption. This page contains an updated list of independent reviews to make it easier for users to assess our service and to share reviews with others. We’re also happy to link back to the reviewers who have taken the time to independently review ProtonMail (we do not pay or otherwise compensate reviewers).

For a more technical review of ProtonMail and why our encryption architecture offers more security and privacy compared to convention email providers such as Gmail, you can check out our ProtonMail vs Gmail security comparison.

ProtonMail Reviews

Founder Andy Yen spoke with Inverse about ProtonMail’s quest to “de-Google-fy your life.” You can read that article here, where they wrote: “For anyone who doesn’t want Google crawlers scanning their email text in order to serve up relevant ads, ProtonMail might prove to be a hospitable home.” 

“ProtonMail is setting the standard for email privacy,” wrote VentureBeat in a lengthy feature story. They went on to highlight the key difference between ProtonMail and Gmail: “With ProtonMail, you own and control your data, whereas at Google your data is the currency with which you ‘pay’ for its services.”

Gizmodo writes that ProtonMail “is often favoured for its sleek design and strong security features” in its review of four encrypted email providers.

The Guardian asked, “What’s the best email service that doesn’t scan emails for ad targeting?” They dubbed ProtonMail as “one of the most privacy-conscious email services.”

In LifeWire’s review of the 5 Best Services for Secure Email, ProtonMail came in first place. LifeWire stated that “The most important feature when talking about any encrypted email service is whether or not other people can get a hold of your messages, and the answer is a solid no when it comes to ProtonMail since it features end-to-end encryption.” You can also read a dedicated ProtonMail review by LifeWire here.

The New York Times writes that “ProtonMail looks like a typical email app — except that all emails sent and received through it are encrypted.” You can read ProtonMail’s mention in the New York Times hereThe Times also mentioned ProtonMail in a list of “secure, private services.”

Security expert Edward N. Kiledjian thoroughly reviewed our security and usability features, ending his review with “I love Protonmail and am moving my private email address there”. Read the whole piece here.

Forbes praises ProtonMail’s business model as “an alternative to the ad-based revenue model of free services like Gmail which actively scan your emails to deliver relevant ads to you online.” In the Forbes article “10 powerful apps to help manage your email like a boss“, ProtonMail came in second place because ProtonMail “offers great data security and a clean, modern and user-friendly interface”.

Make Use Of did a comprehensive comparison between Gmail and ProtonMail by touching on all the important differences between the two services. As they put it, “Of all the best free email services out there, Gmail and ProtonMail sit at the top: one for convenience, one for privacy. ProtonMail is the most secure free email service right now, and we recommend it for anyone fearful of data breaches.” You can read the full comparison here.

In the Huffington Post’s coverage of ProtonMail, they write that “[ProtonMail’s] security measures are intense: end-to-end encryption and user authentication protocols so rigorous even the creators can’t read user emails.” The full article can be found here.

TechCrunch calls ProtonMail an “easy to get a secure email account with just enough paranoia built in to keep you safe” while The Daily Dot says that “A more secure alternative to mainstream email providers is ProtonMail, an email service that uses end-to-end encryption to secure your messages.”

In its evaluation of secure email providers, CyberNews says ProtonMail is “a great choice. It’s as safe and private as they come, and great features are added to the mix every day.” And included ProtonMail in its list of best business email providers, explaining that we make protecting sensitive information easy. “Both the messages sent between users and stored on ProtonMail servers are encrypted in a sophisticated manner.” You can read the whole review here.

Cybernews names ProtonMail the best secure email provider in 2021, noting that “it’s as safe and private as they come, and great features are added to the mix every day.” You can read the full review here.

In the Help Net Security review, the author’s concludes that “ProtonMail successfully combines a highly secure environment for email communication with top notch usability and a fantastic look and feel across the different devices. Job well done!”. You can find the entire review here.

In the Wall Street Journal‘s coverage of ProtonMail, they point out that “ProtonMail hosts its servers in Switzerland… so all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws”, as an important factor that makes ProtonMail a trusted choice. Similarly, Fast Company writes thatpeople also trust ProtonMail because its cryptography is open source: people have been tinkering with PGP for 20 years, so they know and trust how ProtonMail is encrypting its users’ email.”

Finally, if you are a darkweb user, we are happy to let you know ProtonMail was also reviewed by as we are also the first Tor email service with an Onion site. You can read the full review here.

ProtonMail Awards

ProtonMail has also been featured in many competitive comparisons that seek to determine the best secure email provider.

In The Tech Reader Top 4 Free Email Alternatives to Gmail, ProtonMail takes first place.

In HackRead’s “top 7 best emails services”, ProtonMail is ranked as the best email service.

In Tech Junkie’s8 of the most secure email providers”, ProtonMail again takes the top prize.

ProtonMail also won the 2016 Lovie design award for Mobile Utilities and Services.

ProtonMail International Reviews

[English] – ProtonMail Review


Hacker Adana Blog – Güvenli ve Şifreli E-Posta: ProtonMail


Doped Geeks – Alternative  a Gmail


Mister Geek – ProtonMail : email sécurisé et chiffré – ProtonMail : le service de messagerie chiffrée basé en Suisse atteint 5 millions d’utilisateurs


Ktonanovenkogo -ProtonMail: электронная почта с повышенной безопасностью и интерфейсом на русском языке


ProtonMail – bezpieczna skrzynka e-mail z szyfrowaniem end-to-end

ProtonMail Video Reviews

February 2019

Sécurité Pentest Informatique – Boîte mail anonyme et sécurisé (FR)


July 2018

Tutorial Enkripsi email sistem PGP dengan Protonmail [ID]


March 2018

Dallas Rushing – ProtonMail: End to End Encrypted Email Provider | Email for Crypto?


TechSource – ProtonMail estrena dominio para crear direcciones fáciles de compartir


August 2017

RealWorld TechTips – ProtonMail Sending Encrypted Email


July 2017

Alternativons – ProtonMail isn’t spying on you (FR)


May 2017

TechnoBuffalo – Top Security Tech You Need

Fratm’s Linux Channel – ProtonMail and Encryption


February 2017

Thebeastweb – Best Secure Email – Protonmail


December 2016

Mike TV – Introducing Super Secure ProtonMail


September 2016

Hex DSL – Leaving Google


Sr Black – PROTONMAIL – Email seguro contra a espionagem da N.S.A Americana (ES)


July 2016

Technical Ustad – How to Send Encrypted Email with ProtonMail


May 2016

Logic Lounge – New NSA-proof Anonymous Email ProtonMail


DASGeek – Most Secure Web Email Provider


March 2016

LeEco India – App of the Week – ProtonMail


LastBreach: Quick Introduction To ProtonMail and ProtonMail Plus


June 2015

ProHacking – ProtonMail Der Sichere Maildienst   (DE)


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About the Author

Irina M

Irina is one of Proton's longest-serving team members, charged with strengthening and growing our brand and the Proton community. With a background in visual design, events management, and digital marketing, she strongly supports the protection of private data and contributes to building a better internet for generations to come.