There is no guarantee of email privacy from big names like, Google, Yahoo or Microsoft. All of them snoop your data and there are chances that they let others peek into your emails too. Google goes to the extent of data mining on your mailbox to show you ads. How do you keep your private emails private?
ProtonMail is a proposed encrypted email service that promises zero-knowledge encryption. The service will only have the authentication information and data will be encrypted at the client side. Its Indiegogo fundraising campaign ended last month. While the target was $1K it has raised more than 550% of the amount! No wonder people are concerned about their privacy!
ProtonMail was founded in summer 2013 by scientists who met at CERN and were drawn together by a shared vision of a more secure and private Internet. Early ProtonMail hackathons were held at the famous CERN Restaurant One and at MIT. ProtonMail is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with a satellite office by the MIT campus.
Important features of ProtonMail:
- Hosted in Switzerland and protected by the Swiss data protection laws.
- Uses breakthrough web technologies and proven cryptographic algorithms to protect your privacy. Because of end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches ProtonMail servers. ProtonMail has no access to your messages and cannot decrypt the mails.
- Open source cryptography.
- Hardware level security via full disk encryption.
- HTTPS secured connections.
- Self destructing messages through mail expiry. Unsend options.
- Works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. Works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Compatible with other email services.
- Offers a forever free version.
- No permanent logs or any personal information needed to sign up. Accepts anonymous payment methods (such as Bitcoin) so even paid users have their privacy rights protected.
ProtonMail has just rolled a Beta version and is accepting sign-ups for invites now.
Similar venture: Dark Mail