Comparison of webmail providers

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of notable webmail providers who offer a web interface in English.

The list does not include web hosting providers who may offer email services as a part of hosting package.

General

General information on webmail providers and products

Product Released Cost Mailbox storage Attachment limit Supported languages Conversation threading POP3[a] support IMAP support SMTP support JMAP support Cryptographic protocol support IPv6 support
AOL Mail 1993[1] Free (with ads) Unlimited[2] 25 MB[3] 54[4] No[5] Yes Yes Yes ? SSL No
Excite 1997[6][7]
Free (with ads) 1 GB ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes No
Fastmail 1999[8]
$30/year to $90/year[9] 2 GB to 100 GB
[citation needed]
50 MB[10] 37
[citation needed]
Yes[11] Yes Yes Yes Yes SSL, TLS[12] No
Gandi 2007[13] Free (no ads);[citation needed] Multi-tiered pricing[14] 3 GB (free), 50 GB[14] 25 MB[15] 38[16] ? Yes[17] Yes[17] Yes[17] ? SSL, TLS[17] No
Gmail 2004[18]
Free (with ads); $6/user/month on the user's domain[19] free: 15 GB[20] (can purchase more);

paid: 30 GB

25 MB[21]
(10 GB per file via Google Drive)[22]
71
[citation needed]
Yes[23] Yes Yes Yes[b] ? SSL, TLS Yes
GMX Mail
(gmx.net)
1997
[citation needed]
Free (with ads)[25] or Paid (€3–5/month) 65 GB (free for gmx.com), 1.5 (for gmx.de/net)[26]
50 MB (free)
50–100 MB (paid)
[citation needed]
German,English,French,Spanish
[citation needed]
? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No
HEY
2020[27]
Free 14-day trial
$99/year[28]
100 GB[28] ? English
[citation needed]
? No[29] No[29] ? No TLS[30] No
Hushmail 1999[31]
Free 14-day trial
$49.98 year (Premium)[32]
10 GB (Premium)
[citation needed]
20 MB per file, total 50 MB per mail[33] English
[citation needed]
No[34] Paid Paid Paid ? SSL, TLS, OpenPGP No
iCloud[c] 2011
[citation needed]
Free (no ads) or $0.99/month, $2.99/month, or $9.99/month[d] 5 GB (Free), 50 GB, 200 GB, or 2 TB monthly[e]
[citation needed]
20 MB
[citation needed]

(5GB per message with Mail Drop via iCloud)[37]

4
[citation needed]
Yes[38] No[39] Requires phone number for mandatory 2FA[40][41] Requires phone number for mandatory 2FA[40][41] ? SSL, TLS[39] No
Kolab Now 2013
[citation needed]
Free 30-day trial
From 4.41 CHF/month (individuals), 5.38 CHF/month (groups)[42]
2 GB, can purchase more[43] ? English
[citation needed]
Yes[44] No Yes[45] Yes[45] ? SSL/TLS[45] No
Lycos 1997
[citation needed]
$4.95 per month
$19.95 yearly[46]
5 GB
[citation needed]
35 MB
[citation needed]
English
[citation needed]
No Yes Yes Yes ? SSL/TLS No
Mail.com[f] 1996
[citation needed]
Free (with ads) or $3.95/month or $19.95/year Unlimited
[citation needed]
30 MB
[47]
3
[citation needed]
? Paid Paid Paid ? SSL No
Mail.ru 1998[48] Free (with ads) or paid options Unlimited
[citation needed]
50 MB
[citation needed]
11
[citation needed]
? Yes Yes Yes ? SSL, TLS No
Mailfence 2013[49][50] Free (no ads)
€2.5/month (Entry)
€7.5/month (Pro)
€25/month (Ultra)[51][52]
500 MB (free)
5 GB (Entry) or 20 GB (Pro) or 50 GB (Ultra)[51]
10 MB (Free)
50 (Entry/Pro/Ultra)
[53]
7[54] Yes[55] Paid[56] Paid[56] Paid[56] ? SSL/TLS, OpenPGP[57] No
Outlook.com
(Live Mail, Hotmail)
1996 (Hotmail)
2012 (Outlook)
[citation needed]
Free (with ads); Paid option 15 GB[58] 32 MB (Unlimited via OneDrive)
[citation needed]
106
[citation needed]
Yes[59] Yes[60] Yes[60] Yes[60] ? SSL,[60] Exchange ActiveSync[60] No
Posteo 2009
[citation needed]
€1/month to €1,45/month[61] 2 GB storage
(can be increased)
50 MB 3 ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No
ProtonMail 2013
[citation needed]
Free (no ads); Multi-tiered pricing 500 MB (free)
5 to 20 GB[62]
25 MB
[citation needed]
10
[citation needed]
Yes[63] No Paid[64] Paid[64] No SSL, TLS, Tor, OpenPGP No
Rackspace 2001[65] $2.99/user/month[66] 25 GB[67] 50 MB[67] 12[68] No Yes Yes Yes ? SSL, TLS No
Rediffmail 1997
[citation needed]
Free (with ads) and Paid: 399 (US$5.60)/year for POP3; 50 (70¢ US)/month for mobile Unlimited
[citation needed]
25 MB
[citation needed]
11
[citation needed]
? 399 (US$5.60) ? ? ? SSL, TLS No
Runbox 2000[69] Minimum (micro plan): $19.95/year or €14.95/year[70] 1 GB (micro plan)[70] 100 MB (micro plan)[70] 2
[citation needed]
Yes[71] Yes Yes Yes No SSL No
Tutanota 2011
[citation needed]
Free (no ads)
€12 year (Premium)[72]
1 GB Free and Premium, 10GB Teams. Can be upgraded to 10GB, 100GB, or 1TB.
[73]
25 MB
[74]
30
[citation needed]
No[75][76] No[77] No[77] No No SSL, DANE No
Yahoo! Mail 1997
[citation needed]
Free (with ads)
Yahoo! Mail Plus $49.99
1 TB[g] 25 MB
(150 MB per file via Dropbox)[79]
27
[citation needed]
Yes[80] Most countries or YPOPs! Yes[h] Yes ? SSL[82] No
Yandex Mail 2000
[citation needed]
Free (with ads) Unlimited[83] 22 MB per file, total 30 MB per mail (2 GB per file via Yandex Disk)[84] 10
[citation needed]
? Yes[i] Yes Yes ? SSL, TLS Yes
Zoho Mail 2008
[citation needed]
Personal Free (no ads); Premium options $24 to $99/user yearly 5 GB "Lite".
"Standard": 10 & 15 GB
[citation needed]
20MB free, 30 or 50 MB paid
[citation needed]
16
[citation needed]
Yes[85] Paid[86] Paid[86] Paid ? SSL No
Product Released Cost Mailbox storage Attachment limit Supported languages Conversation threading POP3[a] support IMAP support SMTP support JMAP support Cryptographic protocol support IPv6 support

Digital rights

Verification

Security information users must provide to verify and complete the registration when opening an account:

Product SMS verification Secondary email verification Proprietary captcha (ReCAPTCHA or other)
AOL Mail Yes Un­known Yes
Excite Yes Yes Yes
FastMail Yes Yes Yes
Gmail Yes Optional Yes[87]
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
email or mobile phone[88] email or mobile phone[88] Yes
Hushmail Yes[89] Yes[89] Yes
iCloud Un­known Un­known Yes
Laposte.net Optional Optional Yes
Lycos Yes No Yes
Mail.com No Optional Yes
Mail.ru Yes Un­known Yes
Mailfence No Yes Yes
Outlook.com Yes Un­known Yes
ProtonMail email or mobile phone Optional secondary email Yes[90]
Rackspace No Yes Yes
Rediffmail Yes Yes Yes
Runbox No Yes Yes (ReCaptcha on registration[91])
Tutanota No No No[92]
Yahoo! Mail Yes Un­known Yes
Yandex Mail Yes[a] Un­known Yes
Zoho Mail Yes Yes Yes

Secure delivery

Features to reduce the risk of third-party tracking and interception of the email content; measures to increase the deliverability of correct outbound messages.

Anti-interception Outbound anti-spoofing and deliverability Other[b]
Product STARTTLS (outbound)[c] STARTTLS (inbound)[d] Tracking content prevention[94] Basic SPF[e] SPF for custom domain and client[f] Default DKIM[g] DKIM for custom domain and client[h]
Alice.it, Tin.it ? No[95]
AOL Mail No[95] ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
FastMail ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes[96] ?
Folha (bol.com.br, uol.com.br) ? No[95]
Gmail Yes Yes Yes[94] Yes ? Yes ? Adds ARC, does not enforce DMARC rejection for Gmail.[97] Does not respect permissive DKIM, SPF and DMARC settings for inbound email.[98]
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Hushmail ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
iCloud[i] ? Yes[99] ? ? ? ? ? ?
Laposte.net ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Libero.it No Yes[99]
Lycos ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mail.com ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mail.ru ? Yes[99] ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mailfence No Yes [100] Yes [101][102] Yes [103] Yes [104] Yes Yes [104] ?
Outlook.com Yes[99] Yes[94] ? ? ? ? ? Adds ARC via Office 365[105]
ProtonMail ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Rackspace ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Rediffmail ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Runbox ? ? ? Yes[106] Some anti-spoofing[107] ? Yes[108] ?
Tiscali No No[95]
Tutanota ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Yahoo! Mail No (yahoo.co.jp)[95] No (yahoo.co.jp)[95] ? Yes ? ? No DMARC policies incompatible with most mailing lists.[109]
Yandex Mail ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Wp.pl (O2) ? Yes[99]
Zoho Mail ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Other

Verified privacy and legal defense[j] Verified (possibly) neutral technology Claimed privacy policies[k] Inactivity allowed
Product Location Fully free software webmail Secure (TLS) webmail Tor gateway available Tor browser allowed[l] Proxy gateway available Internet censorship (countries) HTTP tracking cookies Personalized ads[m] Email tracking[n] Information sharing max inactivity (days)
AOL Mail USA No Yes (default) No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Yes Yes Yes 180 [110]
FastMail Australia / USA Partial (Roundcube option)[o] Yes (default) No Yes Yes[116] Un­known Un­known No Un­known Un­known Un­known
Gmail USA No (HTML option, requires proprietary JavaScript[117] for ReCAPTCHA)[118] Yes (default) No Requires Tor users to confirm their identity with SMS No Un­known Yes Yes Yes Yes 720 from June 1, 2021[119]
GMX Mail
(gmx.com)
Germany No Yes No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No[120] Un­known 180 [121]
Hushmail Canada No Yes (default) No Yes (2012)[122] Un­known Un­known Un­known No Un­known No Un­known
iCloud[p] USA No Yes (default) No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Laposte.net France No Yes No Unknown Unknown No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Lycos Korea No Yes No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Mail.com Germany / USA No Yes No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known 180 [123]
Mail.ru Russia No[124] Yes (default) No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Mailfence Belgium No Yes (default) No Yes[125] Yes[126][127] No No No No No 365 [128]
Outlook.com USA No Yes (default) No Requires Tor users to confirm their identity with SMS Un­known Un­known Un­known No[120] Limited[q] Yes[129] 365 [130]
ProtonMail Switzerland Yes[131] Yes (default) Yes Yes No No No No No No (blocked in Russia)[132] Un­known
Rackspace USA No Yes (default) No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No[133] No[133] No[133] Un­known
Rediffmail India No Yes No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known
Runbox Norway Yes (Runbox 7, GPLv3;[134] Roundcube until 2019[135]) Yes (default) No Yes No No No No No No Un­known
Tutanota Germany Yes (GPLv3[92]) Yes (default) No Yes No No No No No No (blocked in Russia)[132] 180 [136]
Yahoo! Mail USA No Yes (default) No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Yes Yes Yes 365 [137]
Yandex Mail Russia No Yes (default) No Yes Un­known Un­known Un­known Yes[120] Yes[120] Un­known Un­known
Zoho Mail USA / India No Yes No Un­known Un­known Un­known Un­known No Un­known Un­known 180 [138]

Unique features

Unique features in webmail products
Name Features
FastMail One time passwords;[139] spam filter; backscatter detection;[140] deletion of selected attachments. Android and IPhone apps.
Gmail Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries;[141] "Normal" view via Settings; Labels instead of folders; Undo send (implemented as a delayed send)
Laposte.net spam filter, deletion of selected attachments, address book and calendar/agenda, import/export features for mails, contacts and calendar events, custom signatures for each alias, filters (custom rules) for organizing your emails, holiday mode (auto-response), mobile app for smartphones, integration with Digiposte (a virtual safe-deposit box that allows you to safely archive all your documents in a secured place, including legal documents).
Mailfence Client-side encryption with email expiration, Digital signatures, Full OpenPGP inter-operability and support, Integrated account keystore, Multiple PGP keypair support, Public keyserver connection, Full reversibility and key revocation,[142] Full email-suite, Shared mailbox and collaboration with group members
Outlook.com One-time password, Mobile alerts, Account verification via SMS or voice call in some countries, Rules,[143] Scheduled Cleanup,[143] Filter to e.g. only see newsletters or Emails from contacts,[143] Recover deleted emails;[144] Key encryption for paid accounts[145]
ProtonMail Client-side encryption, email expiration, automatic encryption for ProtonMail-ProtonMail emails, optional email encryption for messages from ProtonMail to other providers
Rackspace White label option for resellers; Webmail chat; Recover deleted emails; Shared contacts and calendars; SMS based password recovery; Integrated Cloud Drive file storage with document and spreadsheet editors; Attach files from Dropbox[67]
Rediffmail sign-in via Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Sync; Indrive.
Tutanota Client-side encryption, automatic encryption of mailbox, automatic encryption of emails between Tutanota users, optional email encryption for messages from Tutanota to other providers
Yandex Mail No ads, email for own domains (Yandex PDD), scheduled email delivery, SMS verification, sign-in via Twitter, VK, Facebook, Google Profile
Zoho Mail Email Sharing, Folder Sharing, Collaborating with other users by Chat/ Social media for organization, Filters, Schedule and send emails, reminders, Notes, Tasks, Bookmarks and so on.

Features

Service Name Automatic forwarding Email client access[a] Client email for other server Integration with IM service Domain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanning Filters out emails with executable attachments Custom "From:" Address Address modifiers (subaddressing) Server hosted public keyring (for encryption) Shared key encryption
AOL Mail No Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes[b] AOL Instant Messenger No[c] JavaScript/ Ajax Yes
(McAfee)
No Yes ? No No
FastMail Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Yes
(POP3 only)
No (XMPP until 2016-01-31[146]) Some paid plans only HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX Yes Configurable with user filtering rules Yes Plus addressing and subdomain addressing[147] No No
Gmail Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
SSL/TLS supported
SMTP restricted[d]
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talkbeta (XMPP), AOL Instant Messenger Via Google Workspace, premium plans only HTML/ JavaScript/ AJAX[e] Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes, limited.
Feature restricted to preconfigured addresses. Addresses not registered in advance with Gmail are blocked.
Plus addressing No No
Hushmail Business accounts only Extra cost[f] ? No Business accounts only HTML/ JavaScript/ AJAX Yes ? Yes, unlimited email aliases for paid subscribers No Yes Yes
Laposte.net No Yes (POP3, IMAP, SMTP) SSL/TLS supported Yes (POP3, IMAP)

SSL/TLS supported

No No user can choose between HTML or Ajax Yes ? Yes (max. 6 alias per email account) No No No
Mail.com Premium accounts only Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
Google Talk (XMPP) No HTML/ JavaScript/ AJAX2 Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes No No No
Mail.ru Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
Yes
(POP3, IMAP)
ICQ, Custom Yes (Free, Mail.ru for Business supports up to 5000 mailboxes) HTML/ AJAX (Beta) Yes
(Kaspersky)
? Yes ? No No
Mailfence Paying accounts only Paying accounts only
(SMTP, POP3, IMAP, Exchange ActiveSync), DAVx supported
Yes XMPP[g] Paying accounts only HTML/ AJAX Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Paying accounts only Plus addressing[148] Yes Yes[149]
Outlook.com Yes Yes
(POP3, SMTP, IMAP,[150] Microsoft Exchange Server)
Yes
(POP3 only)
Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Chat Via Office 365, some premium plans only HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes Plus addressing[151] Via Office 365 Via Office 365
ProtonMail No Premium plans only through ProtonMail Bridge[152] No No Premium plans only JavaScript/AJAX Yes (ClamAV) No Yes Plus addressing Yes Yes
Rackspace Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
? Custom Yes HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX Yes Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes Plus addressing No No
rediff No Premium plans only ? Rediff Bol Yes JavaScript/ AJAX2 Yes ? Yes ? No No
Runbox Yes Yes
(IMAP, POP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3, Hotmail, Gmail)
SSL/TLS supported
No Paid plans only HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX/ Canvas (Beta) Yes
(ClamAV)
If discarded by virus scanner Yes
Selectable while composing; saved identities
Plus addressing[153] No No
Seznam.cz Yes Yes
(POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
No No HTML/ JavaScript Yes
(ESET-NOD32)
? Yes ? No No
Tutanota No No ? No Premium plans only JavaScript No No Yes No Yes Yes
Yahoo! Mail Premium plan only[h] POP3-Plus members only, but free in some countries, IMAP
SSL/TLS supported
Yes
(POP3 only)
Yahoo! Messenger Premium plan only HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX Yes
(Norton AntiVirus)
Yes, including .exe files in zip files Yes
& only 10 addresses
Plus addressing (using "-" only) No No
Yandex Mail Yes Yes (POP3, IMAP, SMTP, SSL) Yes
(POP3 only)
Ya Online, any XMPP IM Yes (Free, Yandex PDD supports up to 1000 mailboxes without verification of legal use) HTML/ JavaScript/ CSS/AJAX Yes
(Dr.Web[155])
Configurable or/and if discarded by antivirus Yes, only from confirmed addresses[156] Plus addressing[157] No No
Zoho Mail Yes if you use Zoho domain, if you use your own domain then Premium plans only[158] Premium plans only (POP, IMAP, SMTP) Yes (POP) XMPP, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger Business plans only, including free plan AJAX Yes ? Yes ? No No
Service name Automatic forwarding Email client access[a] Client email for other server Integration with IM service Domain
Name
customization
Interface
script
technique
Virus scanning Filters out emails with executable attachments Custom "From:" Address Address modifiers Server hosted public keyring (for encryption) Shared key encryption

See also

References