Today a brand new encrypted email service hit the market from a company in Germany, and in reverence to the fallen preferred provider of one Edward Snowden which came before it, they have affectionately named it “Lavaboom”.
Lavaboom is a freshly minted email service that can send and receive encrypted emails to any address within its network, and provides a 500mb limit 100 percent free to all new users.
Other attractive features include end-to-end encryption, three-way authentication, and what they call a “zero-knowledge policy”. This suggests that even if the authorities put in a request for a user’s information at some point in the future, they wouldn’t have the capability to pull their files because they never existed in the first place.
The engineers behind Lavaboom have insisted that they’ve taken the necessary precautions to prevent the same kind of issues faced by Lavabit late last year when Uncle Sam came knocking on their door without a warrant, in search of Snowden’s personal private encryption keys.
Three-key authentication was explained by company founder, Felix Muller-Irion.
“In addition to your key-pair and password we can either send you a randomly generated code or you can use the OTP-feature of a YubiKey. Or even both. We strongly recommend using YubiKey.”
The firm also recommended users submit their public keys to a key server, adding the following by way of explanation:
“We only use trusted, Open-Source key-servers such as the SKS-Pool and the MIT-Pool. These services are used for public key submission as well as public-key retrieval. You can add your key to a key-server or exchange public key hashes and then manually import them into Lavaboom.”
The team was sure to reinforce the fact that they are related to Lavabit in name only, are not linked to the former owners of the now-defunct service, and are building this business in complete separation from anyone who worked for that company before it went bust in mid-2013.
Users can either sign up for the service for free, or choose from the “Premium” and “Plus” options which come equipped with increased amounts of storage and a wider range of security option available.