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MySudo Private Identities (Overview)

Privacy is largely about protecting your data – information that is related to your name and your identity. That data is relevant and valuable because, for example, when you log into social media, your account probably has your name or email associated with it. The same is true for your bank account and other major accounts like an Apple account.

But what if you could have more than one identity? What if, for certain situations, you could just ‘be someone else’ or at least not tie yourself to your real name, email, or phone number? This would reduce how much staff and employees you communicate with are able to learn about you, and may even limit their ability to follow up with you once you decide the communications are over. It also limits your risk or exposure if an email address or phone number tied to a service or company is in a data breach, stolen, or shared.

If you’ve ever used a “junk email” account for subscriptions, junk mail, or any other reason, than you’ve used a version of a private identity. However, there are more expansive versions of the ‘junk email’ account many have used for years – ones that includes a phone number for text messaging and phone calls, and a segmented email address. It’s useful for managing side-gigs, one-time purchases, dating or other aspects of your social life, and many other situations.

Private identities can be permanent – you could use one for years to communicate for a side business you run, for example. Or they can be temporary – you can set one up and use it for only one person, situation, or scenario and then delete it whenever you decide you don’t want or need it.

Private Identity Tools

There are several ways of setting up new or temporary identities. You can always get another gmail account, or use one of the many ‘burner email’ or even ‘burner phone number’ companies and apps. But our favorite and recommended way to manage private identities is with MySudo.

What is MySudo?

MySudo is a complete pseudo identity management app. You just download it, pick a phone number and email, and you’re ready to get started. You can get emails and text messages right in the app and you can even make and receive phone calls. You can create and keep multiple identities (Sudos) forever or delete any of them at will and create a new one for a new or different purpose.

Sudos aren’t connected to your real identity in any way. The company doesn’t take your name, your email, or phone number. Neither they nor the people you communicate with via MySudo can find or identify you, unless you choose to share other personally-identifying information. 

About MySudo

MySudo is an iOS app that allows users to create ‘Sudos’ which each include a unique phone number and email address, customizable to whatever number or address you’d like. Once setup, you can make, send, and receive calls, SMS messages, and emails from each of your paid MySudo profiles. (There is a free option, but it only lets you receive messages.)

All communication between MySudo users (meaning when you and the person you are communicating with are both using MySudo) are end-to-end encrypted, including SMS messaging, email messages, and video chat. You can use MySudo to call, text, or email any number, but communications between a MySudo and a non-MySudo user won’t be encrypted.

MySudo has various plans (at different price levels) which determine the number of Sudos you can make, and in some cases the number of phone numbers and outbound messages you can send. These limits are listed below:

SudoFree

Price: Free

Sudo profiles: 1

Phone numbers: 1 

Outbound Messages/Minutes: 0/0 (so no SudoOut messages or minutes)

Email addresses: 1

Email storage: 1GB

SudoGo

Price: $0.99/month or $9.99/year

Sudo profiles: 3

Email addresses: 3

Phone numbers: 1

Outbound Messages/Minutes: 100/30

Email storage: 1GB

SudoPro

Price: $4.99/month or $49.99/year

Sudo profiles: 3

Email addresses: 3

Phone numbers: 3

Outbound Messages/Minutes: 300/240

Email storage: 5GB

SudoMax

Price: $14.99/month or $149.99/year

Sudo profiles: 9

Email addresses: 9

Phone numbers: 9

Email addresses: 3

Outbound Messages/Minutes: Unlimited/Unlimited

Life with MySudo

The key to using MySudo is deciding how to create Sudos and how many you need. If you’re on the SudoFree plan, you get 1 Sudo, SudoGo or SudoPro plans give you 3 Sudos, while SudoMax gives you 9.

With three, you could use one for work or side-gig, one for dating (or any light and maybe temporary personal relationships), and one for ‘Junk’. This can be for companies you’re forced to interact with, ones that require a phone number, but from whom you’d like to limit communications with. Of course, you can come up with any uses you want – and you can always delete a Sudo and make new one. 

The MySudo interface is centered around a list of your Sudos. The first thing you have to do is pick which one you want to use at any particular time, for calls or messages. 

After you click into one, the user experience isn’t much different than using an email, phone, or messaging app. Email communication has limited functionality (for example, you can’t create folders), but you won’t get tracked or see advertisements, unlike many other email clients. 

You can also log into your current account and send communications via your desktop using the MySudo Webapp. You can only send emails and messages, however, there’s currently no way to make or receive phone calls on the desktop version. 

Why we recommend MySudo

MySudo makes the process of setting up and using private identities really easy. It’s full featured with phone, email, and messaging, and the tech is robust and trusted in the privacy community. 

It takes a little getting used to ‘switching identities’ for different parts of your life, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fantastic for organization, communications, and privacy.

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