Secure email account

I would like to set up a secure email account and wonder if you can point me in the right direction?  When I search Google for secure email I get a long list of results, none of which do I know I can trust.

I'm currently using Gmail.

Any ideas?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Define "secure email account."  What are your expectations?
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timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
Gmail should be just fine if you looking for TLS securing your emails. Gmail by default will also attempt TLS connectivity so the email will be secure while in transit the recipient.
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Check out
https://protonmail.com

Hey also have an onion url:
https://protonmail.com/tor
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
My expectations: Simple enough.  If I send an email to someone I don't want them or the NSA to ever be able to tell it was from me.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"If I send an email to someone I don't want them or the NSA to ever be able to tell it was from me."
Can't be done, though I guess you could use an alias.
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Edward Snowden notoriously used:
https://lavabit.com
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
You rock!!!  Thank You!!!
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Happy to help.

Here's a, recent year-old article (advertorial?) on Lavabit if you're interested in some backstory:
https://theintercept.com/2017/01/20/encrypted-email-service-once-used-by-edward-snowden-to-relaunch/

Lavabit is a US company and you can see how they were targeted by the US government. In the end, they handed over the encryption keys to their service due to subpoena:
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131002/17443624734/lavabit-tried-giving-feds-its-ssl-key-11-pages-4-point-type-feds-complained-that-it-was-illegible.shtml

Because of this, if the NSA is a concern, you'd probably be better off using a non-US service (ex. protonmail).
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
The documentation I read is that protonmail is so encrypted that the employees couldn't unencrypt it even if they wanted to.
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