ProtonMail iOS BETA v1.0.9 Release Notes

We are happy to announce the release of ProtonMail iOS v1.0.9! This will be made available very soon for iOS beta testers.  EDIT: ProtonMail v1.0.9 is being held up longer than usual by Apple for review, release to beta testers will likely be delayed until next week.

Full release notes below.

To learn more about how to get the ProtonMail iOS mobile app beta, you can visit this page: https://protonmail.ch/secure-email-app

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New Features

  • Can now import contacts from your mobile device
  • External PGP compatibility (PGP messages sent to ProtonMail from external accounts now work)

Bug Fixes (Please report bugs using the Report Bug feature described here.)

  • Fixed bug where it was not possible to delete more than 1 email at a time from the inbox.
  • Fixed bug where switching from protonmail.ch to protonmail.com and vice versa didn’t work.
  • Can now delete messages in the trash folder.
  • Fixed problem where notification setting can become inconsistent between webapp and iOS app.

Improvements

  • Improved settings page to be less confusing.
  • Improved app stability
  • Can now disable notification emails via the app.

Known Issues

  • Account creation is disabled.
  • Login from mobile is only allowed for accounts registered in our mobile beta program.
  • App is not yet optimized for tablet.
  • Cannot add labels from message listing, it must be done from message view.
  • Labels do not show up in message view.
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ProtonMail Android BETA v1.0.4 Release Notes

We are happy to announce the release of ProtonMail Android v1.0.4! This will be made available very soon for Android beta testers. Full release notes below.

To learn more about how to get the ProtonMail Android mobile app beta, you can visit this page: https://protonmail.ch/secure-email-app

New Features

  • Ability to delete labels from the Labels Manager under Settings
  • Add or delete labels on multiple messages at the same time
  • Label and Archive messages at the same time
  • Ability to empty draft, spam, and trash folders
  • External PGP compatibility (PGP messages sent to ProtonMail from external accounts now work)

Bug Fixes (Please report bugs using the Report Bug feature described here.)

  • Fixed crashes related to changing aliases and display name settings
  • Fixed issue with retrieving messages after long periods of inactivity

Improvements

  • Partial support for 64-bit devices (also see known issues below)

Known Issues

  • Only Android 4.0+ is supported.
  • 64-bit devices (S6, G4, etc) do not support sending attachments yet
  • Account creation is disabled.
  • Login from mobile is only allowed for accounts registered in our mobile beta program.
  • Draft autosave is not yet enabled.
  • App is not yet optimized for tablet
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ProtonMail Android BETA v1.0.3 Release Notes

We are happy to announce the release of ProtonMail Android v1.0.3! This will be made available very soon for Android beta testers. Full release notes below.

To learn more about how to get the ProtonMail Android mobile app beta, you can visit this page: https://protonmail.ch/secure-email-app

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New Features

  • No new features, this is a bugfix release.

Bug Fixes (Please report bugs using the Report Bug feature described here.)

  • Fixed distorted views for devices with small screens
  • Fixed crashes with forgot password link and refreshing local cache on certain devices
  • Fixed response of reply/reply all/forward buttons on certain devices
  • Fixed issues related to viewing links on certain devices
  • Fixed issues related to syncing between devices

Improvements

  • Updated the UI on the login screens to fix the aesthetic for ProtonMail’s upcoming v3 homepage.
  • Made changes to make the app less power hungry
  • Improved handling of expired sessions

Known Issues

  • Only Android 4.0+ is supported.
  • 64-bit devices are not supported.
  • Account creation is disabled.
  • Crashes upon opening for Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Deleting labels within the app is not yet enabled
  • Login from mobile is only allowed for accounts registered in our mobile beta program.
  • Draft autosave is not yet enabled.
  • App is not yet optimized for tablet
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ProtonMail on Mr. Robot

A few weeks back, we had hundreds of people informing us via Twitter that ProtonMail was being used by Elliot Alderson from this summer’s hit TV show, Mr. Robot. With the highly anticipated season finale airing tomorrow (8/26/2015), we are finally able to share the backstory behind how ProtonMail ended up in Mr. Robot.

ProtonMail on Mr. Robot

ProtonMail was featured in Season 1 of Mr. Robot as the email service used by the main character, Elliot. While the email service used by Elliot might seem like a minor detail, the intensive discussions between our team and the Mr. Robot production team goes to highlight the extreme lengths the Mr. Robot producers have gone for realism.

We have seen many TV shows over the years try to depict hacking in one form or another. We can definitively conclude that Mr. Robot has some of the most realistic portrayals we have ever seen. A large part of our work in building the worlds most secure email service is indeed guarding against hacks of all kind so we have, you could say, some experience in this area.

When the team from Mr. Robot approached us in June, we were quite surprised that they had gone to the lengths of researching secure email services that a character like Elliot would use. This is, after all, a tiny detail that they could have ignored. More surprising though was that they had researched and understood the technical differentiators that make ProtonMail far more secure than other “encrypted” email services. It is hard enough to find people in Hollywood who understand email encryption (looking at you Sony), much less end-to-end encryption. The amount of research they had done was simply astounding.

The story gets far more interesting. Over the course of our discussions with the Mr. Robot team, they mentioned that a security focused person like Elliot would need a way to monitor his own email activity and they asked if this was something ProtonMail supported. Well, we do support this now, you can find the addition of monitoring (logging) in our latest 2.0 release. That’s right, the Mr. Robot team got so deep into their research that they made a product suggestion so good we built it for the hundreds of thousands of security conscious people who use our service.

Elliot Alderson, the main character of Mr. Robot, using ProtonMail's new email access log system in season 1 episode 8

Elliot Alderson, the main character of Mr. Robot, using ProtonMail’s new email access log system in season 1 episode 8

This might be the first recorded case of Hollywood understanding cyber security and privacy so well they influence the development of security software.  This attention to detail sets Mr. Robot apart from anything else on TV these days.

If you want to read more about ProtonMail on Mr. Robot, you can also check out this story on Wired which also features the rest of Elliot’s toolkit. We cannot reveal any details yet, but fans of ProtonMail and Mr. Robot will be happy to know that ProtonMail will be returning to season two of Mr. Robot.

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ProtonMail Android and iOS mobile app beta

We are happy to announce the start of the ProtonMail iOS and Android mobile apps beta!

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A year ago, we had a record breaking Indiegogo campaign which provided us with the funds to begin development of the mobile apps. To thank those early supporters, we will first roll out the mobile app beta to our Indiegogo Lifetime, Visionary, and Mobile level contributors. The first batch of invites will go out later today and they should all be sent out by the end of this weekend.

For the mobile app beta, we will be using Apple Testflight and Google Play beta. Due to the limitations of Apple Testflight, we are unfortunately limited to just 1000 beta testers. We will need to limit the Android beta to a similar size in order to keep the beta efficient and as short as possible.

As the beta is not yet fully subscribed, we will open the remaining slots to people who missed our crowdfunding campaign. That means starting today, we will make the Mobile perk from our crowdfunding campaign available again.

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If you like to get early access to the ProtonMail iOS and Android mobile apps, you can make a $29 donation through our donation page here: https://protonmail.ch/donate

This will support our efforts to continue to develop ProtonMail as free and open source software while also being fair to the contributors who donated last year. After donating, it is possible to register for the iOS and Android beta here:

iOS: https://blog.protonmail.ch/ios-form/

Android: https://blog.protonmail.ch/android-form/

We will send out the next batch of invites on August 27th and every Thursday thereafter. Space is limited to 1000 users for both iOS and Android so when all beta slots are taken, we will update this page to say that we are at capacity.

We anticipate the mobile apps will be in beta for a couple months before going public in the app stores. For questions about our beta, please email us at contact@protonmail.ch.

Media Inquiries – We have reserved a small number of beta slots for members of the press. To get access, please email media@protonmail.ch.

Best Regards,
The ProtonMail Team

 

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ProtonMail iOS BETA v1.0.8 Release Notes

We are happy to announce the first public release of the ProtonMail iOS mobile application!

New Features

  • All of the main ProtonMail webmail features have been implemented
  • Create and assign labels to messages.
  • In message listing, can hold down to select multiple messages.

Bug Fixes

  • Please report bugs using the Report Bug feature described here.

Improvements

  • No improvements as this is the initial release

Known Issues

  • Account creation is disabled.
  • Login from mobile is only allowed for accounts registered in our mobile beta program.
  • App is not yet optimized for tablet.
  • Cannot add labels from message listing, it must be done from message view.
  • Labels do not show up in message view.
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ProtonMail Android BETA v1.0.0 Release Notes

We are happy to announce the first release of the ProtonMail Android mobile application!

New Features

  • All of the main ProtonMail webmail features have been implemented.
  • Customizable left and right swipe actions in the message listing (can be customized in settings page)
  • Create and assign labels to messages.
  • Automatically import Android contacts into ProtonMail.
  • Messages can be closed by swiping left to right.
  • In message listing, can hold down to select multiple messages

Bug Fixes

  • Please report bugs using the Report Bug feature described here.

Improvements

  • No improvements as this is the initial release

Known Issues

  • Only Android 4.0+ is supported.
  • Account creation is disabled.
  • Login from mobile is only allowed for accounts registered in our mobile beta program.
  • Draft autosave is not yet enabled.
  • App is not yet optimized for tablet

 

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Transition assistance for Lavaboom shutdown

Over the past couple days, we have received an increasingly large number of emails from Lavaboom users concerned about what appears to be the impending closure of Lavaboom. The news was first broken by Lavaboom developer pzduniak on Reddit.

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Since we are also working on bringing privacy back online, we can understand better than most the many challenges that must be overcome to build a secure email service. The truth is, email is difficult, especially as you scale. Today, when discussing storage infrastructure at the ProtonMail office, the units of conversation are Terabytes and Petabytes.  On top of all of this, you add the complication of properly implementing end-to-end encryption. Other aspects of emails such a spam filtering and email deliverability also need to be tackled. Of course, there are also mobile apps to build.

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These challenges are indeed daunting, which is why we brought together a dozen incredibly smart scientists and engineers from CERN, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, and ETH Zurich to pull it off. Such a monumental undertaking also requires resources. This is why we raised 2 million Swiss Francs to supplement the 500,000 Swiss Francs we raised through crowdfunding. With this institutional support from foundations backed by the State of Geneva and the Swiss Federal government, we have a strong balance sheet. ProtonMail has more than enough financing to continue development until we introduce paid premium accounts.

 

For the Lavaboom users searching for an alternative, we are happy to tell you that email privacy is alive and well. We know many of you are looking to transition quickly so we are happy to provide priority access to existing Lavaboom users. Simply sign up for an account here: protonmail.ch/invite and then email us at contact@protonmail.ch and we will expedite sending you an invitation.

You will be joining over half a million people from around the world who have already signed up for ProtonMail to get free and easy to use secure email. While we have purposely limited the size of our beta, in the coming months, we will opening up ProtonMail to millions of others worldwide who want to take back their online privacy. With your support privacy is not only surviving, it is thriving.

Best Regards,
The ProtonMail Team

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ProtonMail goes Open Source with version 2.0

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Today, we are happy to announce the release of ProtonMail 2.0, our biggest update since the original ProtonMail launch. ProtonMail 2.0 is a completely new code base, redesigned from the ground up to provide better performance, security, and flexibility. We are happy to announce today that we have completely open sourced ProtonMail 2.0 and we are also officially launching a bug bounty program to encourage community participation in making ProtonMail the most secure email service ever.

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The road to 2.0

When ProtonMail first launched, we had no idea that over half a million people worldwide would share our vision of a more private and secure internet. This was many more people than the ProtonMail 1.0 codebase was designed to support.  Although our team of former CERN scientists, together with experts from MIT, managed to scale ProtonMail 1.x, a better solution was needed.

With ProtonMail 2.0, we now have a new framework which we can easily scale to provide encrypted email to millions of users. While we have retained the look and feel of ProtonMail, the code underneath that runs it is completely different. The difference is immediately noticeable through the performance. Reading and browsing through emails is now over 10 times faster than the 1.x version of ProtonMail. This and other enhancements are summarized in our 2.0 Release Notes.

Open Source & Bug Bounty Program

As former CERN scientists, we are strong believers in open source software and community support. Version 2.0 marks another milestone in our open source journey as we have completely open sourced the 2.0 codebase. To learn more, check out our dedicated blog post here.

A secure email service like ProtonMail is also impossible without the assistance of dozens of security researchers worldwide who have helped make ProtonMail more secure over the course of our beta. In order to encourage more community participation in securing ProtonMail, we are also launching our bug bounty program today. You can find details about our bounty program here.

The Future

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In the coming months, we will be continuing to improve ProtonMail. We have recently sent invites for our iOS and Android app beta to our Indiegogo Lifetime, Visionary, and Mobile level supporters. Thanks to your financial support during our record breaking crowdfunding campaign, we have now completed development of our mobile apps. Next week, we will announce how to sign up for the mobile apps beta so stay tuned!

Best Regards,
The ProtonMail Team

P.S. If you have not yet signed up for a ProtonMail account, you can do so here: protonmail.ch/invite

 

Aujourd’hui, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la sortie de ProtonMail 2.0, notre plus grande mise à jour depuis le lancement initial de ProtonMail. ProtonMail 2.0 est une toute nouvelle base de code, reconstruite à partir de zéro pour apporter plus de performance, plus de sécurité et une plus grande flexibilité. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer aujourd’hui que nous avons complètement ouvert le code source de ProtonMail 2.0 et nous annonçons également le lancement officiel d’un programme bug bounty pour encourager la participation de la communauté pour faire de ProtonMail le service mail le plus sécurisé.

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ProtonMail BETA v2.0 Release Notes

ProtonMail BETA v2.0 is finally here! This is by far our biggest update ever. Unlike our other updates, 2.0 is a completely new system, so we will only announce the big changes. There are countless smaller improvements that you need to see for yourself!

If you run into issues with ProtonMail 2.0, the older 1.x version of ProtonMail, it is still available here: https://old.protonmail.ch


New Features Summary

Composer

The new composer has been implemented to allow improved efficiency while using ProtonMail. The composer allows for multiple messages to be under composition at one time. As well as being able to navigate through your inbox while composing a message.


Appearance


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We want ProtonMail to be the easiest email service you have ever used, with that comes customizations. With 2.0, you are now able to rearrange the user interface to your liking, as well as setting images in messages to display by default. This includes switching between the popup and maximized composer modes shown previously.


Logging


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Logging is an optional feature that offers ProtonMail users the ability to detect suspicious account activity. It provides details into past logins, including the time it occurred in Basic Logging, and the IP address of the login with Advanced Logging. This information will only be logged if turned on by the user. By default, ProtonMail does NOT log.


If you would like to support ProtonMail, you can send us a donation here: https://www.protonmail.ch/donate

Version 2.0 Release Notes

New Features

  • Updated Design – A fresh update on the classic ProtonMail design. Redesigned login, composer window, settings page and message view.
  • Drag and drop messages – You can now drag and drop messages from your inbox to the folders and labels in the sidebar to move them.
  • Signature Editor – You can now have custom HTML email signatures.
  • Contacts Manager – You can now export contacts, and search them quickly.
  • Encrypted emails to non-ProtonMail users now also encrypt attachments. Non-ProtonMail users can also reply to these messages and send encrypted attachments as well.
  • New Composer – Brand new composer window with 2 modes: Popup and Maximized. You can have multiple popup composer windows open at once and can minimize them.
  • PublicKey Export – Download your PublicKey for use in other PGP compatible services – For technical PGP users, you can now export your public key to send to friends and to verify messages manually.
  • Authentication logs – You now have the ability to log access attempts to your account for security reasons. This feature is off by default and must be manually turned on.

Bug Fixes

Improvements

  • Many performance enhancements (rewritten in AngularJS)
  • Sync across multiple devices (mobile and web)

Known Issues

  • Custom themes no longer work. We will bring this back in a future release.

Finally, we’re happy to announce that iOS and Android mobile app beta will begin on August 20th, 2015. We will be making an official announcement soon so check back for updates.

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