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Proton Mail

Secure email based in Switzerland.

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Avg rating of 3.7 (48)| 50 comments

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Proton Mail Features

  1.  End-to-End EncryptionProton Mail has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
  2.  Privacy focusedProton Mail is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  3.  Two-factor AuthenticationProton Mail supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
  4.  Ad-freeProton Mail doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  5.  PGP EncryptionProton Mail supports PGP, an encryption system used for sending encrypted emails and files.
  6.  Self Destructing MessagesProton Mail supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
  7.  No TrackingProton Mail will not track you or use your personal data.
  8.  Dark ModeProton Mail supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  9.  Support for AliasesProton Mail supports aliases, so you can receive email without exposing your main email address
  10.  OpenPGPProton Mail supports OpenPGP, a standard of PGP encryption that is open-source for public use.

Proton Mail information

  • Developed byProton Technologies AG
  • LicensingOpen Source and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $0 and $30.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.7 (48 ratings)
  • Alternatives81 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

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ikimmybee
  
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Besides the fact that it is far away from the NSA, the encryption it provides is top notch. The GUI is extremely lovely, simple, and modern. I love it. I am slowly migrating from Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail to this. You should too.

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FuckGoogle
  
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Good yet still a bit buggy

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jodumont
  
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I try as much than I can't to avoid big corp like GAFAM and at the same time looking for open source and great product. I leave in Switzerland, which is a great country for individual privacy. Just for you info, Phil Zimmermann, the inventor of PGP, move from US to Switzerland to be more able protect his privacy.

I have few account with ProtonMail but, never use them on my smart device simply because I don't have Google Play on these device and when I download the ProtonMail APK it won't let's me login because it don't recognize my "GooglePlay" Account, which I think it's just wack to propose an alternative, claiming being secure and working for the privacy than forcing their user to have a Google Account after all.

Since than; I decide to go with Tutanota, which are in Germany, which still great for privacy and even if I still have to download the APK than install it, at least they don't force me to being authenticated by Google to use their App. O their also cheaper and the support is nicer.

Funny fact; en 2017; ProtonMail was victim of severals DDOS, which insane when you think about it because they are hosted at the CERN.

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JohnFastman

Tutanota have several major advantages over Protonmail:

  1. Fewer DDoS attacks,

  2. they developed search of encrypted email text via a local index file. Basically this means you can search the text of your emails, which is not possible in Protonmail unless you first download your email via their Bridge app,

  3. Yubikey support (this is a limited advantage as they only support Yubikeys in Chrome (Google = yuck!) and Opera (based on Chrome and not open source). Support for Yubikey puts them ahead of Protonmail for 2-factor authentication (and therefore security) but it does not go far enough. Competitors (E.g. Fastmail (not encrypted) offer Yubikey support for all browsers).

  4. Whichever plan you are paying for, you can always ask for more storage. In Protonmail, their Professional plan requires you to add users if you want to go beyond 5GB of storage -- a ridiculous requirement. Protonmail have not through through through their pricing strategy. I am a small business owner and I need something like 8GB for me as the only user, but I also need catch-all addresses. That means I either pay for the Professional package and don't get the storage, or I pay for Visionary, and pay through the nose for what should be stanard.

In the future, Protonmail's muscle, popularity, exposure and expertise will mean that they will win. They will become - in fact, they already have become - the default service for encrypted emailing. But they are also chronically distracted by mission creep. They have developed VPNs and ways of accessing email via the .onion network... and that's all fine. For example, charity workers in privacy-hostile environments, and human rights campaigners and journalists will be better off because of Protonmail, for sure. But if the mission is to move people from services like Gmail, Protonmail aren't doing nearly enough. Where is the search? Where is the calendaring? Where is the search by multiple labels?

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TBayAreaPat
  
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Is good. Has it's limits. Most sites will accept it, whereas they won't accept any ole email addresses for signup. They won't let you make too many accounts whether you give them your phone number or not.. which they will ask you for eventually. So, if you are running thru emails, have a backup plan.

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justamazing
  
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I love Proton tools, beacause they are pricacy and security oriented, and their designs are great!

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Discover3464
  
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It's the most secure email provider with end-to-end encryption. Being end-to-end encrypted, it has privacy by design, not by policy.

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thewhitewolfhd
  
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Naturally we can't say for sure ProtonMail is indeed a Honeypot, however, watch these videos and conclude for yourself:

Is Proton Mail Really Private, Secure, and Anonymous?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeXaYR4ed9c

Is Proton Mail Really Private, Secure, and Anonymous?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCx_G_R0UmQ

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