Users who truly care about their privacy online will find a new offer from Proton Technologies AG an attractive option. ProtonMail is an email service based in Switzerland that encrypts all emails between its registered users are end-to-end encrypted by default. Even unencrypted emails sent and received by users are encrypted while they are stored on the company’s servers. By paying with cryptocurrency, a user can mask the identity.
Since mid-2017, ProtonMail users can use Bitcoin to upgrade to premium level accounts, as the company announcement explained. The system will then convert the funds into ProtonMail Credits, which users can later use to pay for their subscriptions.
Proton Technologies AG is a Swiss startup and the world’s largest secure email provider with over one million users. Besides email, they offer a VPN solution called ProtonVPN. Their team that’s partly made up of CERN employees, is working to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks.
Their core product ProtonMail is a secure email service with built-in end-to-end encryption and state of the art security features. All emails are safe as in a Swiss bank.
Previously, they had a similar but manual process, when their support team had to manually confirm each transaction. ProtonMail says the now-automated process was “long overdue.”
Unlike most other companies that accept Bitcoin, the team plans to hold a “significant portion” of their revenue in cryptocurrencies as a protection against the failure of conventional payment methods:
“We believe having a more significant portion of our revenue via Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies actually reduces our business risk, by providing more redundancy in the event of the failure of more traditional payment methods.”
Payment with Bitcoin is currently only available for existing ProtonMail accounts due to the time it takes to confirm a Bitcoin transaction (up to 24 hours).
More information on paying for ProtonMail with Bitcoin and step-by-step instructions can be found on the company’s support page.
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