What we really want to provide is privacy for the much larger segment of the population that isn’t sophisticated enough to use PGP.

Location: CERN, the particle physics laboratory in Switzerland

Founders: Jason Stockman, Andy Yen, and Wei Sun

Object: Encrypted Webmail

Concern: a more secure and private internet, in part as a response to the Edward Snowden leaks.



ProtonMail founders

ProtonMail founders

Main Features of ProtonMail

End-to-End Encryption

Messages are encrypted at all times. Messages are stored on ProtonMail servers in encrypted format. They are also transmitted in encrypted format between their server and users’ browsers. Messages between ProtonMail users are transmitted in encrypted form within their protected server network. Because data is encrypted at all steps, the risk of message interception is largely eliminated.

Self Destructing Messages

With ProtonMail, emails are no longer permanent. You can set an optional expiration time on ProtonMail’s encrypted emails, so they will be automatically deleted from the recipient’s inbox once they have expired. This works for both emails sent to other ProtonMail users, and encrypted emails sent to outside email addresses. Similar to SnapChat in a way, They’ve added a way for you to have even more ephemeral communication.

Swiss Based

ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and our servers are located in Switzerland. We are outside of US and EU jurisdiction and user data is protected by strict Swiss data protection laws.

Zero Access

Because of the end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches our servers. They cannot decrypt your encrypted messages and as result, they cannot share them with third parties.

Backwards Compatible

ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. It is also backwards compatible with other email providers so you can continue sending and receiving emails from friends who are not using ProtonMail.

Stay Anonymous

They didn’t keep permanent logs or require any personal information to sign up. They even accept anonymous payment methods (such as Bitcoin) so even paid users have their privacy rights protected.

Forever Free

They believe privacy is a fundamental human right and should be available for everyone. That’s why they offer multi-tiered pricing including a free version that anyone can use.

Cross Platform

ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It’s as simple as visiting our site and logging in. There are no plugins or apps to install – simply use your favorite web browser.




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