In Brief

Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers an impenetrable mail client to everyone.

Online privacy is still a sensitive issue for many people, and one of the main reasons why a new encrypted mail service called ProtonMail could prove so popular. Launched last week by a group of Harvard and MIT students, the company is based in Switzerland, and offers a user-friendly experience that also comes complete with “end-to-end” encryption. There is even a “self-destruct” feature which ensures your emails are only available for a limited period of time.

Using the service is almost exactly the same as other email clients such as Gmail or Yahoo, which means there are no learning curves to hurdle. “Our vision is to make encryption and privacy mainstream by making it easy to use,” Stockman told AFP. “There’s no installation. Everything happens behind the scenes automatically.” ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, all you need is a web browser.

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