Have you ever tried to be out of this mainstream? Ever tried to find an alternative for what you are stick with? For example, ever wondered which is the best search engine? Let us Google it (lol). What about your email service provider? Without any confusion, you probably chose Google Mail (Gmail) as the answer. But wait! What makes you think so? Is it because it is the most commonly used email service? It’s time to be out of the mainstream!
Here I am introducing you guys a newly made email service ProtonMail. It is a free web-based encrypted email service founded in 2013 at the CERN research facility by Jason Stockman, Andy Yen and Wei Sun.
What makes ProtonMail different? Why should we trust them? One of the co-founders, Andy Yen got an answer:
One of our goals is actually to build a system that does not require trusting us. We’ve taken the first step with zero access architecture which means we cannot actually read any of our users’ encrypted messages. When the code base becomes more mature, we also plan to open source the ProtonMail software.
Actually the user messages are encrypted in the user’s web browser before it even reaches the ProtonMail servers. It means the company itself will not be able to read the messages!
ProtonMail account holds 2 passwords per user. The login password and the mailbox password. The login password is to authenticate the user to the account. And the mailbox password is used to decrypt users mailbox, which takes place at the client-side in a web browser.
Unlike competing services, we do not save any tracking information. We do not record metadata such as the IP addresses used to log into accounts. We also have no way to scan encrypted messages to serve targeted advertisements. To protect user privacy, ProtonMail does not require any personally identifiable information to register.
Unlike any other competitors, they do have an optional self-destructing message system. By setting the expiration time of emails, they will be deleted automatically from the recipient’s inbox once they have expired.
And yes, they website do have an SSL certificate. Emails are encrypted already between the user and the server, but they also use SSL to add one more layer of protection. For now, you need to request for an invitation for ProtonMail account. They offer 500MB disk space and 2 email account domains (protonmail.com & protonmail.ch).