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When the NSA surveillance news broke last year it sent shockwaves through CERN, the particle physics laboratory in Switzerland. Andy Yen a PhD student took to the Young at CERN Facebook group with a simple message: “I am very concerned about the privacy issue, and I was wondering what I could do about it.”
There was a massive response, and of the 40 or so active in the discussion, six started meeting at CERN’s Restaurant Number 1, pooling their deep knowledge of computing and physics to found ProtonMail, a gmail-like email system which uses end-to-end encryption, making it impossible for outside parties to monitor.
“One of our motivations was human rights,” says Yen. “Having privacy is very important from a freedom of speech standpoint.”
In any case the NSA can probably break any encryption out there
Zero Access to User Data.
Your data is never accessible to us.
ProtonMail's segregated authentication and decryption system means logging into a ProtonMail account that requires two passwords. The first password is used to authenticate the user and retrieve the correct account. After that, encrypted data is sent to the user. The second password is a decryption password which is never sent to us. It is used to decrypt the user’s data in the browser so we never have access to the decrypted data, or the decryption password. For this reason, we are also unable to do password recovery. If you forget your decryption password, we cannot recover your data.
Messages are fully encrypted at all times.
Messages are stored on ProtonMail servers in encrypted format. They are also transmitted in encrypted format between our server and users’ browsers. Messages between ProtonMail users are transmitted in encrypted form completely within our secured server network. Because they never leave our secured environment, there is no possibility to intercept the encrypted messages enroute.
Hardware Level Security.
Full disk encryption and storage in secured datacenters.
We have invested heavily in owning and controlling our own server hardware at several locations within Switzerland. They are collocated in some of the same secured and guarded datacenters used by Switzerland’s famed private banks. We do this to ensure that even your encrypted data is not easily accessible to any third parties.
On a system level, our servers utilize fully encrypted hard disks with multiple password layers so data security is preserved even if our hardware is seized. On an organizational level, no single individual possesses all access passwords; they are separately kept by members with different citizenships.
These precautions may seem excessive, but in today’s world, precautions must be taken to minimize the risk of human security compromises.
originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: MystikMushroom
Curious ... is the OP's link to a site in China??
originally posted by: PrinceDreamer
Personally I think it is just a honey trap, "Hey guys your mail is secure here... The government funding we all live on here at CERN has no bearing on what we do, Honestly..."