Should You Secure Your Email Data Under a Literal Wall of Solid Rock?

ProtonMail has doubled its users since Tuesday. Here's why.

November 11, 2016 9:00 am

Three days later, we’re still talking about secure email servers.

But this time, it’s about your account.

Encrypted email service ProtonMail just announced new users to their service have doubled since the U.S. election.

Based in Switzerland, ProtonMail offers several selling points for their secure email system: Their user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws. Their infrastructure is buried 1,000 meters under solid rock. They utilize open source cryptography and end-to-end encryption. You can sign up anonymously. There’s no IP logging.

Oh, and it’s compatible with other email providers, so there’s no special setup.

On Friday, PM blogged about Donald Trump’s victory in an article entitled “Donald Trump Will Control the NSA — What This Means For Your Privacy.” While not taking sides, they did use their forum to tout their neutrality and security acumen … and also rather casually mention that new users to their service from the U.S. have skyrocketed since Nov. 8.

While you’re figuring out your emails, you might also want to brush up on other ‘net matters. Digg’s excellent “How to Start Browsing the Web Anonymously,” a handy cheat sheet for Internet privacy, is a good place to start.

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