I am leaning more towards Startmail. Rather than Proton Mail.
I also prefer Startpage rather than Duck Duck Go.
In Short the Policy of the EU and Country that Startpage is, is the most strictest on privacy that I know of to date.
Unfortunately Security and Privacy can be a never ending Cat and Mouse game.
Below I dug up an article (1 of many on this ).
Post Snowden , there is a reason the Feds went after this Lava-bit guy
They could not defeat it. Snowden (like him or not ) outsmarted the Alphabet gang.
Here is where stories often get into the bleeding hearts of the media viewers (us, you)
there is a magnificent spin on things. Snowden had already landed by this time.
The Feds Probably already talked with the Guardian regarding the Data Breach.
They then would have realized that Snowden no longer had any copies of the data and left it into the hands of the Freedom of Speech or Fifth Estate. To release in the most responsible way.
Side Note :
One time some data was leaked to Wiki Leaks , then Wiki Leaks got hacked , so the data was on the loose. Julian Asange called the State Department
to Alert Hillary Clinton . He had to Jump through Hoops. Finally they got back to him and it was too late. He wanted to give them a heads up, so they could do proper Press Release Damage Control.
It was not important to the State Department.
The other side of the coin, begs to ask can we really trust the CA ( certificate authority, such as digi cert). I do not recall any media reports regarding the feds wanting say Digi Cert Keys.
They really wanted Lava-bit Keys for sure. This guy did not make this program for illegal purposes, he could not envision Snowden would use his service. Yet his invention was going to be compromised because the Feds can not figure out how to keep a secrete. The Lava bit inventor was in a Capitalist Society , the same Capitalist Society the Government wants everyone to believe is the best.
So this guys pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow, would be defeated if he gave in to the Feds.
And if you recall, in 2017 the CIA too, could not keep a secrete, all their favorite Hacking tools
were turned loose.
Look at Micahel Cohen , one of Trumps Lawyers . They had nothing on him , the NSA plumped his name into the NSA Database and they went and grabbed him. Turns out
NSA was wrong he did not go( over seas) to PROG, it was another Mike Cohen. So then to Save Face , they got him for Tax Evasion and Lieing to Congress.
Did Hillary get any Trial or Penalty for Lieing to Congress ???
( For those that do not know , CA are the holder of the keys when your browser for example talks to your bank. To me this means a third party we must trust).
When you couple what we have learned about possible Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook etc.
if nothing else appearing to work with the Feds. I am not convinced that the whole CA (american - certificate authority) can be trusted.
Google Scholar is a cool tool , you can read parts of many Lawsuits
The Klapper Case
Mark Klein ( the former At&t network guy that discovered the NSA left the plans on his workbench re-guarding how At&t was mirroring all the data going in and out of at&t servers. In San Francisco Ca