As we wrap up our first week of posts for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’d like to share some tips on web mail alternatives for securing your email from zvelo’s Head of Cybersecurity Product Strategy, Joseph Rizzuto.
When it comes to web mail alternatives for securing your email, we do our best to stay unbiased, however I have a few “go-to” services that combine rich user experiences and no-nonsense security. First off – Protonmail, for the paranoid folks like myself who want to be able to easily encrypt emails and not lose all those nice features we’re used to. Not to mention, their servers are located in Switzerland, which brings a wealth of reasons in and of itself. Protonmail also offers one of the most secure VPN offerings on the market. Top it all off with an price tag of $0 for the entry level plan for both products.
For the more advanced user who keeps track of their own PGP keys, or those who prefer to use a dedicated mail client, I would like to highlight Canary Mail for MacOS and iOS. It brings together a top of the line feature set, options for simple or manual encryption configuration, all in a stunning dedicated mail client. Canary is a paid app, but considering how often we all need to send secure emails, the one-time $20 ($10 for iOS) pricing here is a moot point.
Finally, for those who would like to simply incorporate encryption and decryption into Gmail quickly and then be on their way, there is the Mailvelope browser extension (Firefox & Chrome). An old Kevin Mitnick favorite, Mailvelope gets you up and running with the mail system you’re probably already using in no time at all. It has a simple user interface, a quick-start for those who just want to get back to scheduling meetings, and works incredibly well. I guess if it ain’t broke?
Stay tuned as we continue our celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Or as I like to call it, #Hacktober.
— Joseph Rizzuto
Head of Cybersecurity Product Strategy