ProtonMail now includes Bitcoin Support

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.

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Use Guerrilla Mail to Create a Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address

Avoid spam and stay safe – use a disposable email address! Yes, using a one-time email address can save you from a lifetime of spam mail, questionable “unbelievable offers,” and similar junk mail. Even better, using a temporary e-mail address can hide your activities from government spies or from your ex-wife’s attorney.

They can’t track you if they don’t know it is you.

Actually, anyone can create a temporary e-mail address by simply signing up for an address at Gmail or Yahoo Mail or some other free email service. Use it once or perhaps for a few days, then stop using it. The drawback is that most of these services insist that you provide some real information about yourself, such as your normal email address. Private? Not really. Guerrilla Mail is especially useful because it does not require any registration or personal information.

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ProtonMail Professional – Encrypted Email for Organizations

This blog has always focused on privacy problems and solutions for individuals. However, many organizations also have a need for privacy. ProtonMail, already well known for private email services for individuals, has now introduced a related product for corporations, non-profits, and any other organizations that feel a need for privacy.

You can read the announcement for ProtonMail Professional at: https://protonmail.com/blog/encrypted-email-for-organizations/.

The Fight for Net Neutrality Is a Fight for Freedom of Speech and Democracy

There is an interesting article in the Tutanota Blog:

“The Internet as we know it is a magnificent space where everyone has the right to share their thoughts freely. However, people living in dictatorships experience a much different Internet: Censorship, blocking of major sites or social media platforms are normal to them. If we allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to decide what content they want to show us and what content they want to block, this is exactly how we can expect our future Internet to look like. To protect freedom of speech and democracy, we must fight for net neutrality now.

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to destroy net neutrality in the United States. They plan to give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. This will allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.”

The full article is available at: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/net-neutrality.

ProtonMail Review: a Secure Email Service Provider from Switzerland

ProtonMail is an email service provider that offers great security features, including End-to-End encryption and Anonymous accounts. While creating an account, you do not need to enter any of your personal details. No names, no date of birth and no phone number.

With ProtonMail, all user data is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO) which offers some of the strongest privacy protection in the world for both individuals and corporations.

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NSA Stops Controversial Program That Searches Americans’ Emails

Score one for citizens’ rights. The National Security Agency is set to stop using a highly classified program that in part collected Americans’ emails and text messages without a warrant.

The program allows the NSA to collect and search the emails and text messages to and from Americans who mention names, email addresses, phone numbers, or other kinds of details about foreign targets under government surveillance. Most attorneys argued that process of collecting private email messages of Americans violated the Fourth Amendment, designed to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Details may be found in an article by Zack Whittaker in ZDnet at: http://zd.net/2puFA6S.