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Just received this email from ProtonMail:

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for using ProtonMail!

To celebrate our 1 year anniversary, we are upgrading all accounts created by June 17th, 2015 to 1GB of free storage! Many of you have also asked for a way to share ProtonMail with friends and family. To do that, we have created a special link that allows instant account creation:

You can send this link to friends and family and they will be able to get a ProtonMail account instantly. As our server capacity is still limited, we will only keep this link active until June 17th, 2015 (or until we hit capacity limit). Also after June 17th, all new accounts will default to 500MB of free storage.

Over the past year, ProtonMail has proven to be reliable with less than 12 hours of total downtime (mostly scheduled maintenance), no incidents of permanent data loss, and no reports of user data compromise. Over that same period, the ProtonMail user community has grown from 10,000 to 500,000 people.

As you know, we respect your privacy and do not track detailed user activity. Therefore, to continue to improve ProtonMail, we need to rely on direct feedback from you and would love to hear your suggestions or criticisms in the following survey:

Many of the improvements mentioned in the survey will be coming soon. In the past few months alone, we have added new features like folders/labels, encrypted attachments, the domain, and more:

We look forward to continuing this exciting journey with you!

Best regards,
The ProtonMail Team

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Staff member
This is pretty awesome helpremember. I opened an account and it was instantly activated. Works super fast. Think I'll try a second one tomorrow. Hope that won't be too greedy. I'm planning to use these two accounts only once they've survived another year. Easy to remember the name. And I'm happy it's based in Switzerland. I'm getting very worried about any of my accounts that are linked to servers in the US.


Staff member
That is so cool :) I havent used my account in ages though, need to look at it and refresh :)
It said share the link with friends and family, so Gigarank is the first place I thought of.

I like that you can now use "" because the .ch is a little obscure for some people.


Staff member
You're right. I thought I would only be able to use, but I've just tried and it worked straight away. I've opened the second account as well with no problem. So am happy with both.


New member
Awesome! Got me one :)

My domains are pointed to gigarank, so my current email server isn't in the US anymore anyway - but encryption ... is good! That they don't have any of my personal info ... is good!

It doesn't look like you can send encrypted email to non-proton users though, except by sending a link to a viewer and giving them a passphrase.

I wonder how self destruct works? What if the message is backed up before then?


Staff member
I experimented with sending e-mail from my proton account to my hotmail account and the other way round. Not sure why, as technically it should not work, but it does. :unknown:

Only reason I'll keep my other accounts is that the vendors I use may be looking at the known suspects like gmail, hotmail etc not be comfortable with Proton yet. I'm going to try that out next time round when I buy something online. Give my Proton e-mail.