Why mailfence is a unique secure and private email service

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What is Mailfence about? Mailfence is not just a secure and private email service that values email privacy. It is also an extremely rich platform in terms of features. In this post, we’ll compare Mailfence with some other mainstream privacy-conscious email service providers.  We will also highlight some of the features that make Mailfence unique.

Contrary to any other web-based secure and private email service, Mailfence does not confine users in an own ‘digital island’. We provide users absolute freedom to communicate securely with anyone. Both with other Mailfence users or with any other (OpenPGP complaint) email service. But there are many other advantages in using Mailfence as you can see in the table below.

We believe that an email platform should be much more than just email. Users are expecting a complete email-suite comprising calendar, groups, secure document management, contacts, chat and polls.

Email: Privacy and security

FeatureOther privacy-conscious webmailsMailfence
End-to-end encryption (OpenPGP, Password)Provided Provided
Digital signaturesProvided by someProvided
Full PGP inter-operability with other solutionsProvided by someProvided
Multiple OpenPGP keypair support for same UID/email-addressProvided by someProvided
Multiple OpenPGP keypair support for every UID/email-addressNot providedProvided
Integrated keystoreNot providedProvided
PGP key server: Public key publish & status updateNot providedProvided
PGP key management (modify, revoke, delete…)Not providedProvided
Full reversibility & Key revocationNot providedProvided
Service enable/disable and specific password for SMTP/IMAP/POP/ActiveSync/xDAVNot providedProvided

Email: Usage

FeatureOther privacy-conscious webmailsMailfence
Web-interface: Embedded IMAP & POP clientProvided by someProvided
IMAP(S)/POP(S) supportProvided by someProvided
ActiveSync Exchange supportProvided by someProvided
High priority/Read receiptProvided by someProvided
Tags/CategoriesProvided by someProvided
Alias & Plus addressingProvided by someProvided
Filters (for incoming emails)Provided by someProvided
WhitelistProvided by someProvided
Message footer signaturesProvided by someProvided
Add own domainProvided by someProvided

Calendars, Contacts and Documents

FeatureOther privacy-conscious webmailsMailfence
Contacts, Calendar and DocumentsProvided by someProvided
CalDAV, CardDAV & WebDAV supportNot providedProvided
Web-interface: Embedded WebDAV clientNot providedProvided
Calendar polsNot providedProvided

Collaborative suite and others

FeatureOther privacy-conscious webmailsMailfence
GroupsNot providedProvided
Group (shared) mailboxNot providedProvided
Groups calendarNot providedProvided
Groups documentsNot providedProvided
Groups contactsNot providedProvided
Groups member instant messagingNot providedProvided
Data import/exportProvided by someProvided

Provided Provided          Provided by some Provided by some          Not Provided Not provided

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Patrick De Schutter

Patrick is the co-founder of Mailfence. He's a serial entrepreneur and startup investor since 1994 and launched several pioneering internet companies such as Allmansland, IP Netvertising or Express.be. He is a strong believer and advocate of encryption and privacy. You can follow @pdeschutter on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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