In 2013, three researchers came up with the idea for ProtonMail due to their combined interest in protecting civil liberties online. Today, their company goal is to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks. At Abine, we love ProtonMail, and we think you should too, so we created this blog post.
What is ProtonMail?
ProtonMail is the world’s largest secure email provider, with over one million users. As an end-to-end encrypted email platform, ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland, subjecting the company to Swiss Privacy Laws. Some people may be unaware that Switzerland’s privacy laws guarantee data privacy under Swiss constitutional law, making consumer’s data much “safer” from prying eyes and data breaches.
Swiss Privacy Laws
All ProtonMail user data is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO) which offers some of the strongest privacy protection in the world for both individuals and corporations. As ProtonMail is outside of U.S. and E.U. jurisdiction, only a court order from the Cantonal Court of Geneva or the Swiss Federal Supreme Court can compel ProtonMail to release any user information. Simply, these standards that the company holds itself to are much higher than that your typical mail client (e.g. Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, etc.)
In addition to ProtonMail’s Swiss incorporation, the other main defining piece of the program’s popularity is its use of end-to-end encryption, which lets its users email each other over highly encrypted email. It’s demonstrated in their diagram:
All messages are stored on ProtonMail servers in encrypted format. Additionally, these messages are also transmitted in encrypted format between ProtonMail’s servers and user devices. Messages between ProtonMail users are also transmitted in encrypted form within ProtonMail’s secure server network. The risk of message interception is largely eliminated, because data is encrypted at all steps. (But note, emails can arrive from unencrypted sources, and some people you might want to email won’t be able to receive encrypted email – although there is a workaround for that.)
Due to secure nature of this system, ProtonMail’s user’s data is encrypted in such a way that makes it inaccessible (or unreadable) by ProtonMail, similarly to the way that Abine cannot read or access the data of our Blur users.
Using ProtonMail with Blur
If you’re already using Blur by Abine, it’s a fair assumption that you’re already concerned about your online privacy and/or security.
By using ProtonMail with your Blur account you’re increasing the level of privacy and security of your personal information. You can register for Blur with a ProtonMail account, or switch the email address on your existing Blur account to a ProtonMail address. This way you can take advantage of being able to send securely encrypted emails. Blur doesn’t store any Masked Emails you may receive anywhere except temporarily in your Masked Inbox.
Using an encrypted email service like ProtonMail helps protect your privacy and security and best of all, ProtonMail is completely free to use, unless you need over 5GB of storage, or need to send over 1,000 messages a day using their client.
All that said, why wouldn’t you take your privacy and security a step further, and link your ProtonMail account with your Blur account?
Sign up for Blur today, and receive a 30-day trial of Blur Premium. New Blur users will receive a 50% discount on a 1-year Blur Premium subscription if they purchase premium within 24 hours. Remember, when signing up for Blur, use ProtonMail!