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TLDR; No email-forwarding service existed that was free, secure, and open-source – so we built one.
About Forward Email
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Forward Email is a free and open-source email forwarding service focused on a user's right to privacy, and was launched in November 2017. It is powered by Node.js and operates using the DNS, HTTPS, and SMTP protocols. The service offers unlimited custom domain names, unlimited email addresses and aliases, unlimited disposable email addresses, spam and phishing protection, and other features. Paid plans are offered for "Enhanced Privacy Protection", whereas the email alias configuration is hidden from the public. It accepts conventional payment methods, donations, and also encourages contributions towards the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and DuckDuckGo.
In February 2020, we released the Enhanced Privacy Protection plan. This plan allows users to switch off setting public DNS record entries with their email forwarding configuration aliases. Through this plan, a user's email alias information is hidden from being publicly searchable over the Internet. We also released a feature to enable or disable specific aliases while still allowing them to appear as a valid email address and return a successful SMTP status code, but the emails will be immediately discarded (similar to piping output from a process to [/dev/null).
In May 2020, we allowed custom port forwarding as workaround for users to circumvent port blocking by their ISP. We also released our Free Email Forwarding RESTful API, with complete documentation and real-time request and response examples. We also released support for webhooks, due to high demand from users switching to use our service as a Mailgun webhook alternative.
As of May 2020, we operate from 3 server locations across 2 countries. We have future plans to move our servers to a country such as Iceland, which has championed itself as a beacon of net neutrality and online privacy.
Only an email address is required to create and configure the Enhanced Protection Plan, which hides DNS email alias information on the free plan through a managed and hosted service.
User's accounts, domains, and all related information can be permanently deleted at any time by the user.
Forward Email's source code is primarily developed by Niftylettuce, whom publicly credits immense open-source contributions from the following people:
Shaun Warman for integration of two-factor authentication (2FA) using a one-time password (OTP), Content Security Policy (CSP), and Subresource Integrity (SRI) into the Lad framework, which is used internally in Forward Email.
Scott Kitterman (the author of the Sender Policy Framework (SPF) RFC 7208 specification) for questions and answers regarding Forward Email's compliance with Sender Rewriting Scheme (SRS), DMARC, Sender Policy Framework (SPF), and DKIM compliance over IRC.