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Welcome to the future home of StartMail, the private email service being developed by StartPage and Ixquick, the world's most private search engines.
Our engineering team has been working diligently to create the new StartMail email service. We have built everything from the ground up and have incorporated state-of-the-art privacy protections at each step. The hardware is now in place and we are currently performing stringent internal testing to ensure 100% compliance with our high security and quality standards. Watch our overview video here.
No PRISM. No Surveillance. No Government Back Doors. You Have our Word on it.
Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed
The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named "PRISM". They report that the NSA and the FBI have been tapping directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (clarifying slides)
These revelations are shaking up an international debate.
StartPage has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people's Privacy and civil liberties. So it won't surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, for example tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.
Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.
StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world. We are not like Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype, or the other US companies who got caught up in the web of PRISM surveillance.
Here's how we are different:
StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don't use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don't even know who our customers are, we can't share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we've never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we've been in business.
StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can't "tap" the Internet connection to snoop what you're searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don't even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.
StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe, European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.
Privacy. It's not just our policy, it's our mission.
Originally posted by ManOfHart
With this type of very high security email service, I can think of a few emails to "test its security" haha.
So all we need is a guinea pig or two to actually see if they get any "visits".
Has anyone made such tests yet ?
Originally posted by QuantriQueptidez
The only way to get even close to browsing anonymously these days is to hop on a public wifi hot spot.
Even tunneling through a vpn with ssl won't save you if someone really wants to find ya.
A secure linux distro on a laptop with truecrypt and tor operating solely on open wifi is about as close as you can get to anonymity. Even then you gotta worry about bastards sniffing your keystrokes through the air via remote devices. Who knows how many such devices exist around high density areas. Then you can use a click keyboard, but maybe you gotta look out for argus drones directly viewing your screen, and on and on. .
Originally posted by Domo1
1.) If I use this mail service to email someone that is using Google, how would it still be safe?