As regular users of the Internet, we all expect to have a high level of privacy, so no one should know we signed up for some of the most disgusting pornography websites known to man nor should unauthorized personnels know the contents of our emails. To help fight against those who would want to spy on us, a little company called Mailpile is working on an open source email project of the same name.
Mailpile is designed from the ground up with privacy in mind and also to run on your computer. This means every content is stored on your computer, so you’ll have full control over who gets to read your mails. The encryption methods supported so far, are S/MIME and OpenPGP, and better yet, advertisements are a thing of the past with Mailpile. The idea here is to make money via user contribution, which is doable since many open source developers only make cash in this manner.
Well, at least that is in theory anyway. As of now, Mailpile is looking for funding and its Indiegogo campaign has surpassed its $100,000 target with only 20 days left. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it doubled before the campaign comes to an end in September.
With the recent amount of information leaking regarding vast spying by agencies around the world, Internet mail users have serious reasons to be cautious. If Mailpile works like described, we could be witnessing the fall of Gmail and Outlook.com if everyone rally around a safer alternative. But is everyone interested in losing out on all the cool features found in Gmail and Outlook.com? We’ll find out in the coming months.
Check out the video and Indiegogo link below to learn more about Mailpile.