ProtonMail's encrypted email is now available to all2016-03-18 17:28 by Daniela
Tags: ProtonMail, e-mail, encryption
Amid looming privacy and encryption debate, Switzerland-based encrypted email provider ProtonMail has announced that its service is not in beta stage anymore and will be allowing open registrations. Even more - it is launching free iOS and Android mobile applications globally in the Apple App store and Google Play store.
The company's service launched in beta in May 2014. It encrypts and decrypts all data on-the-fly on the client side, which means that emails between ProtonMail users are never stored as plaintext, and therefore the government can’t force their release. Even the company itself, doesn't have access to user messages.
It's easy to use because users don't have to actually deal with private and public encryption keys. The encryption and decryption works just like traditional PGP, but it all happens in the browser automatically. Conversely, the devices that ProtonMail is installed on don't even have to be encrypted in order for the app to work.
"Strong encryption and privacy are a social and economic necessity. Not only does this technology protect activists and dissidents, it is also key to securing the world's digital infrastructure," ProtonMail co-founder Andy Yen said. "This is why, all things considered, strong encryption is absolutely necessary for the greater good."
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