Mozilla Thunderbird partners with Mailfence and offers an encrypted email suite
We are incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Thunderbird. Mozilla Thunderbird is an open-source email client with more than 20 million users. With this integration, Thunderbird users can create a Mailfence email address in a few seconds via the Thunderbird interface.
Two global email pioneers join forces to protect internet privacy
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source cross-platform email client, available in 56 languages and used by around 20 million users around the world. Thunderbird email client was developed by the Mozilla Foundation which is also behind the Firefox web browser. Since January 2020, Thunderbird has operated as a new wholly owned subsidiary, MZLA Technologies Corporation, in order to explore offering new products and services. The Thunderbird partnership with Mailfence fits precisely into this new strategy.
The collaboration between the two organizations will deepen the integration of their respective services to improve user experience. Later this year, users with a Mailfence account in their Thunderbird, will benefit from an automatic sync with all of the Mailfence tools: email, calendar, contacts, and encryption keys. They get a highly secured email solution with full respect for their privacy.
Why did Thunderbird choose Mailfence?
“We are truly excited to share Mailfence’s privacy-focused offering with Thunderbird users,” said Ryan Sipes, Community and Business Development Manager. “Mailfence is a highly respected pioneer in privacy-focused email, calendar, documents and contacts. They started building their secure email expertise via open standards long before most other providers even existed. From the start, their mission was to protect the right to privacy for Internet users and society, instead of monetizing user data. So it just made a lot of sense for us to partner with them.”
Why did we partner with Thunderbird?
There are tons of email clients out there however, Thunderbird matches our values and our overall mission. We live in times of ever growing Internet domination by Big Tech companies. These have repeatedly shown a total disrespect of online privacy and oblige their users to sign away their privacy through unreadable Terms of Service. “We believe this is wrong and dangerous.” says Patrick De Schutter, Co-founder of Mailfence. “Privacy is a fundamental human right. With this partnership, we create a privacy respecting alternative to the Big Tech offerings that are based on the commodification of personal data.” The Thunderbird team shares our vision and felt it was time to join forces to protect internet privacy and counter Big Tech’s grip on personal data.
This collaboration is probably the most important one we’ve done up to date. Our partnership shows that the secure email industry is picking up steam and growing fast. With Thunderbird on our side, our willingness to fight for fundamental human rights grows even stronger.
How does the Thunderbird partnership work?
Open Thunderbird and click on Account Actions -> Get a New Email address, click on Mailfence, type your username and you will be prompted to set up your account.
We created dedicated guides that explain the process of synchronizing Mailfence with Thunderbird. In the future, you can expect automatic synchronization of all the Mailfence components such as Mailfence Email, Calendar, etc.
As promised in our recap post, we are not slowing down one bit, it’s just a warm-up. The Thunderbird partnership means a lot to us and we are excited to work hard and accomplish great things with the Thunderbird team.
To conclude, we cannot wait to show you what we have in-store regarding our Thunderbird deal. Creating an account via the Thunderbird interface is just a taste. This wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have your support. We thank each and everyone for your patience and years of support. The Thunderbird collaboration is just a beginning for us. Mailfence is looking forward to partnering with more liked minded projects that respect user privacy and put the user at the forefront.
– Mailfence Team
Patrick is the co-founder of Mailfence. He’s been 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.