Update 2019: I’ve been using ProtonMail for a while now and it’s brilliant. I’m leaving this post online, but times have changed and I definitely recommend ProtonMail as the best privacy-focused hosted email solution I’ve found.
ProtonMail finally went public today. They promise secure storage and handling of email, and who wouldn’t want that? Anybody who’s looking for some added privacy in light of all the big brother news of recent years would obviously be excited about a system that guarantees email privacy. So I went and signed up and checked it out. While there’s a free account tier, they start pushing for paid upgrades right from the start, so I ended up thinking about the possibility of moving my email domain there. Email is about sending and receiving, obviously. With the idea in mind that I don’t want others to read my email, I considered both sides of the story.