Mailpile, recently released in Beta version, caters to the growing demand for privacy. It’s a free, crowdfunded webmail service with really robust built-in security tools. It is not the first in this category: a number of encryption webmail products and services already exist, notably Pretty Good Privacy. However PGP’s encryption, although hugely well-regarded, is so clunky and off-putting it has remained a niche product, for cryptogeek and privacy activist communities. While most of the world's web users do not want their every communiqué to be read by spying agencies, few want to sit down and learn how to run their own server in order to outfox them.
Mailpile bundles all PGP’s complexity into a cleanly designed mail interface, making it plug-in-and-play easy to get the sort of 'rock solid encryption' that has hitherto been beyond those of us without a PhD in code.
This case initially appeared on the Social Tech Guide