Encrypted email company ProtonMail is dropping the beta tag and launching free iOS and Android apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
After launching in 2014 in what it describes as "the post-Snowden environment", ProtonMail said it was hit with "overwhelming demand" after signups exceeded 10,000 per day.
Since then, ProtonMail has been an invitation-only service but even so has over one million users on its closed beta, including businesses, journalists, activists, and private individuals.
The company offers an end-to-end encrypted email service which it said makes it "practically impossible" for governments, or the company itself, to gain access to user messages.
No tracking or logging of personally identifiable information
Unlike competing services, we do not save any tracking information. By default, we do not record metadata such as the IP addresses used to log into accounts. As we have no way to read encrypted emails, we do not serve targeted advertisements. To protect user privacy, ProtonMail does not require any personally identifiable information to register.
ProtonMail Plans Explained (Free, Paid, Visionary)
- Sending limit: 50 messages/hour and 150 messages/day
- Labels limit: 20
- Storage: 500 MB
- Custom domains: not supported
- Additional addresses: not supported
- Customer support: limited
- Pricing: free!
ProtonMail offers state-of-the-art DDoS protection for your personal or business email. Our team has strong expertise in DDoS protection, having previously successfully mitigated one of the largest DDoS attacks to hit Europe. To provide comprehensive DDoS protection, we have partnered with Radware, a publicly traded company that is the world’s top DDoS protection provider. This allows ProtonMail to be protected against even the largest DDoS attacks. ProtonMail’s DDoS protection is not theoretical, since being implemented, it has withstood attacks exceeding 50 Gbps with no downtime.
As a result ProtonMail can offer uptime and stability which can even exceed that of the world’s largest email providers. We do this while simultaneously providing the highest levels of privacy and security. ProtonMail is one of the only email providers which owns and manages all of our servers and network components such as routers and switches. We are our own internet service provider and are a member of RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens). In addition to that, we also own and control a dedicated line linking our datacenter to the main Swiss Internet point of presence in Zurich so service interruptions on shared lines don’t impact us.
By hosting your business or personal email at ProtonMail, you can ensure that you are protected against DDoS attacks. If your business or website ever comes under DDoS attack (or if another business hosted at the same location as you comes under attack), with ProtonMail you can ensure that email, your most important way of communicating with customers, will stay online and available.
Seems to be still under very active development but reading through a lot if the comments it looks to be at a pretty stable and usable state. Makes sense as they have opened it up for anyone to join as opposed to the invite only service they were offering.
I like that it is not USA or UK/EU controlled in any way meaning private stays private.