Your email can be Swiss and safe

A hacker phishing attempt against a Paypal account. Source: Keystone.

Whether you negotiate a new deal, you share your medical information or your receipts to your latest purchases, your email inbox holds plenty of private information. The question is: how private is it? Phishing attacks and hacking are real threats. And they can have compromising effects depending on who you are.

Why it matters. Swiss Post and Swiss Federal railways have warned their clients about fake emails and attempted fraud over the past days, according to Swissinfo. The fact is that the number of cyberattacks increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Privacy-first. WIRED identifies two providers worth considering. One of them is around the corner. The Geneva-based ProtonMail offers a privacy- and security-focused email services. The company assures its emails are end-to-end encrypted. Also, no personal information is required to create a personal account.

What else? The other service identified by the magazine is Lavabit. Another option is to simply skip emails. End-to-end encrypted Signal and WhatsApp messengers allow you to send files, photos, and videos. And if you need more, WIRED recommends WeTransferPro.


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