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Mailbox.org: German email provider offering full inbox encryption


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Mailbox.org

is a new email service by the German company Heinlein Support GMBH which features several interesting security and privacy related features, and based on Open-Xchange version 7.4.2.

The homepage of the service is entirely in German, but the actual web mail interface is not. It is available in several languages including English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Italian. The only part of the web interface that is not available in other languages yet is the Settings > Mailbox.org page.

This is the page were you change your account type, your password, or force the encrypted sending of emails to recipients who do not use PGP.

The first thing that you need to know is that the service is not free. It starts at €1 per month for three email aliases, 2 Gigabytes of mail storage and 100 Megabytes for Office documents.

The company notes that you do not have to worry about advertisement -- there is none -- and that emails won't be scanned, analyzed or transmitted to third-parties.

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When you create an account -- you do not have to pay directly, as you can use it as a limited account for 30-days -- you are only asked to provide the company with your username and password, and with your first and last name. All other fields are optional and do not need to be filled out if you do not want to.

The privacy protection page lists all data that is stored by the company and for how long it is stored. The page is only in German right now. Here is a short summary:

  • Web server: IP access, but no linking between IP addresses and accounts. Stored for 4 days.
  • Mail Server SMTP: Sender and recipient, Message ID and size. Stored for 7 days.
  • Mail Server Pop3/IMAP: IP address and account log in. If mails are deleted, the message ID and size. If mail is moved, message ID and size, and the originating and destination folder. Stored for 4 days.
  • Administration: First and last name, optionally other data if entered during account registration. If administrative changes are being made, the IP address of the user who made those changes is logged for 7 days.

Data is stored mostly for verifiability purposes, to find out if an email has been delivered to a user if the user claims that it was never received.

Here is a list of all account types that Mailbox offers currently:

  • Mail for €1 - 3 Email aliases, max 10,000 emails per day, 2 GB email storage, 100 MB Office document storage.
  • Mail XL for €2.50, 25 Email aliases, max 10,000 emails per day, 5 GB email storage, 100 MB Office document storage.
  • Mail XXL for €3,50, 25 Email aliases, 50,000 emails per day, 25 GB email storage, 100 MB Office document storage.
  • Office for €4,50, 25 Email aliases, 50,000 emails per day, 25 GB email storage, 25 GB Office document storage.
  • Office XL for €10, 25 Email aliases, 50,000 emails per day, 50 GB email storage, 100 GB Office storage.
  • Office XXL for €25, 25 Email aliases, 50,000 emails per day, 50 GB email storage, 500 GB Office storage.

You can make payments using PayPal, Bitcoin, bank transfers, by sending money directly to the company, or bank draft.

Read in full details @ http://www.ghacks.net/2014/02/24/mailbox-org-german-email-provider-offering-full-inbox-encryption/

Mailbox.org homepage: https://mailbox.org/

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