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Protonmail is a free, secure, email service offering end-to-end encryption, zero access to user data, and open source AES, RSA and OpenPGP cryptography, meaning anyone can check their code.

Protonmail is also the world’s most versatile encrypted email service, supporting PGP encryption of Facebook notifications, and easy-to-use encryption for email clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird and Apple Mail.

Protonmail includes an encrypted contacts manager with digital signature verification, encrypted email for Android and iOS through their mobile app, and state-of-the-art protection against DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

For organisations, Protonmail meets HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements, and their service level agreement (SLA) guarantees 99.95% uptime or better – or a partial refund.

Launched in 2014, Protonmail was founded by a team of CERN scientists, engineers and developers with the goal “to protect people around the world from the mass surveillance that is currently being perpetrated by governments and corporations” because “privacy is a fundamental human right that must be protected at any cost.” (cite)

Based in Switzerland, their mission is “to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks” and to build “the encrypted communication technologies of the future”. In 2018 they passed an independent security audit in which “no major issues were discovered.”

The only way any email service, including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail or Apple Mail, can successfully protect the personal data and online privacy of an internet user is by encryption as standard.

The only reason companies do not want to do this is because they want to have access to your personal information.

The solution is simple. We can choose a different narrative to the ongoing infiltration of personal and private information.

Cybersecrurity is available to everyone. Protonmail provides 500 MB storage free with paid upgrades starting at €5 per month. Also check out the cheaper and even more secure email service from German company Tutanota.

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