The password for your phone, or your laptop, or your favorite social network is always the first defense against those who want to turn your digital life into a nightmare. And this is especially true for email. But now there’s finally a secure email service called ProtonMail.
ProtonMail is an encrypted email provider created at Geneva’s CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in 2013. It uses cryptography to provide a more trustworthy email system than the unencrypted ones, such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo (the latter two are among the world’s most hacked systems).
An entire community of scientists and privacy activists spearhead the project. ProtonMail is based on open-source software, it’s easy to use and boasts a modern design. Its email servers are in Switzerland, and its business model is based on donations and micro-payments rather than advertising or personal data gathering and sale.