Cock.Li Email Review
Cock.li is an email provider that emphasizes anonymity and privacy (as well as crudeness). If the latter does not deter you, read on. Founder Vincent Canfield created this email service as a way to offer the security that most Tor users seek, while doing so with a politically incorrect sense of humor (in the vein of Cards Against Humanity).
Currently, Cock.li offers both email and XMPP addresses. and also allows users to register through Tor and other privacy services, like VPNs or proxies. In spite of its off-color nature, Canfield assures users that because he owns and operates the service himself, he has a “vested interest in keeping it up, stable, and secure.”
Cock.li Email Clearnet and Onion URLs
Cock.li Email Pricing
Like its anonymous email peers, Cock.li is free to use. Its costs are paid for via donations from users, which the site explains a bit more. On their homepage (as in the above screenshot), you can see the amount of donations that were made for the current month, as well as the site’s financial goal. If you enjoy using the services and want to contribute, there’s more information on the main page.
Cock.li Email Features
- Free anonymous email and XMPP provider
- No analytics used for advertising
- Can be used on Tor or on the clearnet
- IMAP, POP, and SMTP available
- You can create your email address from 26 different domains
Cock.li Email Free Plan
As mentioned above, Cock.li does not charge for its services, so the only plan that exists is the “free” plan. To boot, unlike some other email services, such as ProtonMail and Tutanota, it does not have paid premium plans either. It really does survive on donations!
Registering for cock.li is very simple. Simply go to the homepage, click on the “Register” link (circled above), and fill in your desired username and password. Afterward, confirm your password and fill out the captcha code, and you should be all set. Compared to some other anonymous email providers, which have lengthy registration forms or require invite codes, this one is very incomplex.
Note: in addition to having an address using the domain “cock.li,” there are others you can choose from as well. Some of these, however, are even more obscene-sounding than the former, so it depends what you intend on using the email address for, we suppose. All of this is at your discretion, of course!
There are no specific platforms exclusive to cock.li email. As long as you have an internet connection and are capable of sending and receiving email, it should work for you. Its interface looks relatively similar on both its mobile site and desktop site.
Cock.li User Interface
Like the rest of its features, Cock.li has a simple user interface that’s easy to learn (more or less). Once you’ve registered, go to the login screen above and type in your username and password, then hit the “Login” button.
Once you’re logged in, you should see an interface that looks similar to this:
Your Inbox, Sent, Junk, and Trash menu options are all on the left sidebar, while your list of messages is in the center. To the right is the interface where you can compose and read messages. To create a new message, simply click the “Compose” icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
One of the nice features that Cock.li (like most other anonymous email providers) offers is that it makes it simple to encrypt your messages. Click the encryption icon (it looks like a lock), and check off the boxes that say “Encrypt this message” and “Attach my public key.”
In order to use this feature, however, you first have to add your PGP key, which can be done under Settings (the little gear icon in the upper right hand corner). Here, there is a section called “PGP Keys,” in which you can add your keys. After doing so, go back to the Compose section, and use your key to encrypt the message, if you so desire.
Pros and Cons
- More anonymous than mainstream email providers like Gmail
- No analytics used for advertising
- Offers both Tor and clearnet support
- Simple and straightforward interface
- Domain name and other aspects are rather crude and politically incorrect
- Not suitable for a professional email address
- No password recovery option
Cock.li offers many advantages, in terms of being a privacy-themed email provider: it supports PGP, uses encryption, and has Tor support. On the other hand, it's not very suitable for a professional setting, due to its domain name and other aspects (like offensive humor) being prominently featured. Still, it can be fun to use, and in a non-professional context, works great.