ProtonMail is a popular and highly-respected email provider that offers excellent privacy. I have written before about the advantages of ProtonMail. See http://bit.ly/2wfhD6G for a list of my past articles about ProtonMail.
Now ProtonMail has introduced a new feature that apparently has been requested for some time. In order to improve privacy even more, customers may now pay for ProtonMail accounts by using Bitcoin, the semi-anonymous (see the footnote below) cryptocurrency. Quoting from the ProtonMail Blog at https://protonmail.com/blog/bitcoin-secure-email/:
“Starting from version 3.11 of ProtonMail, it is now possible to pay for premium ProtonMail secure email account using Bitcoin. We have designed the payment system to work seamlessly so that Bitcoin payments are automatically converted to ProtonMail credits which can be used to pay for upgrades, pay invoices, or top up your account. This feature was long overdue, so we are glad to finally introduce this.
“Long time followers of ProtonMail will know that we actually have a deep connection with Bitcoin, going all the way back to the very beginning of ProtonMail’s story. We have always been quite interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, as they empower the same principles that inspired us to create ProtonMail. These are the principles of freedom, privacy, and an Internet ecosystem where all have an equal opportunity to thrive, free from many of the artificial constructs that control commerce today.”
The full announcement is much longer. You can read it at: https://protonmail.com/blog/bitcoin-secure-email.
Footnote: Despite what many people believe, Bitcoin isn’t anonymous all by itself. Tracing the flow of Bitcoin through the various services available is difficult, but not impossible. Luckily, by being careful about what you do, Bitcoin transactions can be truly anonymous. Details may be found at: https://bitcoin.org/en/protect-your-privacy.
Anyone who follows the guidelines at https://bitcoin.org/en/protect-your-privacy will indeed have anonymous Bitcoin transactions.
Categories: Email Security