E-mail service

Volatile E-mail federates with:

See this page for information on getting an account.

Privacy notes

Mail headers, including your IP address, are sent as-is. Volatile mailservers make no effort to mangle headers before they are sent out. We wish to provide an unadulterated mail experience, and we do not see the justification in mangling every potentially-identifying bit of information that comes from your mail client.

The best way to maintain privacy while using E-mail is by not sending private information in the first place. You may consider the following possible bits of information:

Recommended clients

For desktop I use Claws Mail and on Android I use K-9 Mail. Both support PGP and other common mail client features, and both are compatible with E-mail netiquette (see below).

Etiquette and useful tips

For whatever reason, if you're new to the intricacies of writing mail:

  1. Use plain text for composing mail.
  2. Reply below or inline to quoted text. Delete quotes that you are not replying to. Each message should stand alone, giving enough context for the reader to remember what the message is about, but short enough such as not to burden the reader with useless text.
  3. Use appropriate subjects. The subject should describe your message in one sentence. A detailed subject is helpful for organisation.
  4. Know how to use To, Cc, and Bcc fields. Also familiarise yourself with less-common headers, and make sure your client correctly replies to messages (using In-Reply-To header).
  5. Wait patiently for a reply. People may take a while to get back to you, and they will get annoyed if you pester them.

For mailing lists, the above points generally apply, but check the specific mailing list's information for additional guidelines and restrictions.

For PGP-encrypted messages:

  1. Ensure that your PGP user-id has the E-mail address you want to use. This allows for mail clients to automatically figure out which key to use for follow-up.
  2. Include your PGP public key as an attachment or hyperlink when starting a conversation with someone new.
  3. Use PGP/MIME rather than inline PGP when possible. PGP/MIME supports attachments, and inline PGP breaks a lot of other things. Good mail clients support PGP/MIME.

Server credentials

You may connect using any mail client that supports IMAP and SMTP, using the connection details below:

Service Host TLS port STARTTLS
Clearnet IMAP mail.volatile.bz 993
Clearnet SMTP mail.volatile.bz 465 587
Tor IMAP vola7ileiax4ueow.onion 993
Tor SMTP vola7ileiax4ueow.onion 465 587
I2P IMAP mail.volatile.i2p 993
I2P SMTP mail.volatile.i2p 465
anoNet IMAP mail.volatile.ano 993
anoNet SMTP mail.volatile.ano 465 587

Technical details

Future considerations