ProtonMail, End-to-End Encrypted Email, introduces 1GB storage for all free encrypted email accounts

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by KevinProtonMail, May 18, 2015.

  1. KevinProtonMail

    KevinProtonMail Registered Member

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    Hello Wilderians!

    I wanted to say hello from ProtonMail! We are a Switzerland-based zero access, end-to-end encrypted email service with a commitment to protecting the online privacy of everyone. We utilize an easy to use 2-password system to ensure that our users' encrypted email is only accessible to them, and no one else, not even us!

    We celebrated one year since our launch earlier this weekend and we decided to make a big change to ProtonMail to thank all of our supporters and early adopters: All free encrypted email accounts have been upgraded to 1GB!

    You can read more about it here on our blog: https://blog.protonmail.ch/were-upgrading-all-protonmail-accounts-to-1gb-of-storage/

    Feel free to post any questions or discussion you'd like to have about ProtonMail below! I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    Best Regards,
    Kevin
    ProtonMail
    https://protonmail.ch/
     
  2. deBoetie

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    @KevinProtonMail, thanks for the update and good news with the funding.

    I saw that two-factor authentication had got some kind of go-ahead, do you have any further details on what is being planned? I saw mention of Yubikey (which I already use), so it'd be great if it included these.
     
  3. KevinProtonMail

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    Yes, we are looking forward to supporting two-factor authentification. We plan on implementing 2FA sometime later this year, YubiKey is something we may look into. At the moment, we are working hard to improve the productivity and usability design aspects of ProtonMail to accelerate our progress out of beta. We are close to the final stages of testing with the ProtonMail iOS app and we should be ready for release on the App store soon. The Android app is also in development and should be ready soon after the iOS app is.
     
  4. RockLobster

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    @KevinProtonMail
    I would like to try protonmail but your site says there is a waiting list for accounts is that likely to change any time soon ?
     
  5. Snoop3

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    could i access ProtonMail from Thunderbird or would that negate any benefits?

    (i dont really want to go to email website in my browser all the time)

    also for the blog link my old Opera 12 is saying certificate chain is incomplete

    edit: same thing for the main site :(
     
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    So far, ProtonMail has been working great for me.

    @KevinProtonMail , Excellent e-mail service.
     
  8. Balthazar

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    I second that! Thanks for your work! It's been almost a year now and a lot has been done. Keep it up!
    What's keeping me from using Protonmail as my main mail service is not being able to use it with a mail client like Thunderbird.

    Will it be possible some time in the future?
     
  9. mirimir

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    ProtonMail is now open to all :)

    ... until they max out, anyway ;)
     
  10. RockLobster

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    The trouble is protonmail is web only access. Does anyone really trust web browsers that much ? I don't see the logic in implementing a secure email service as web mail.
    Pop3 access means we could use open source email clients designed for just email. This means no ads, no unsafe html, no unsafe java script, no tracking cookies no flash plugins no browser caches and aside from all that, pop3 is lightning fast by comparison and can be set up to check for new messages periodically. Who wants to log into their email manually via their browser every 30 minutes to see if a new mail showed up ?
     
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  11. Balthazar

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    I agree with your points regarding webmail. I cannot access Protonmail via Firefox because of my browser security setup. I forgot which configuration in „about:config“ is responsible. But I don't want to change it. In Qubes it is easy to use a lot of different browser setups but I don't use a lot of Vms in other distros. At the moment I use Chromium to access Protonmail instead. Not an ideal situation.
    You don't need to check your emails manually if a new mail arrived. You can enable the email notification and use an address that works with your mail client. You'll be notified when a new mail has arrived. Your protonmail address is being obfuscated. Only the first letter is shown. The message comes from notify(at)protonmail.ch
     
  12. RockLobster

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    Oh I see, I didn't know about the notification, but still, my real concern was with the general lack of security associated with web browsers. I prefer to use an email client.
     
  13. RockLobster

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    Has anyone noticed the similarity between the protonmail website and the tutanota website ? Both using similar layouts, both with a page introducing their team, almost identical feedback comments system, both web based email and neither of them making any effort to implement pop3 even though there are many requests for it. Makes me wonder...
     
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    On the other hand, their GUI's are substantially different. PM's being by far the more polished and professional looking.
     
  15. RockLobster

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    Well I could be wrong I have no proof they are related, I sensed the similarities while browsing their sites and reading their clients questions and the admin's answers to them and of course it is prudent to be suspicious of anyone offering secure services these days.
     
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  16. Reality

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    Tutanota allowed me to make an account whereas PM did not because my browser was deemed out of date, which wasn't that old at the time my invite came in. Needless to say I didn't register.
     
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