Just Mail is an encrypted easy-to-use email platform based on a distributed storage network and I2P. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 24, 2014.
About this project
Our platform will help people safely exchange emails, files and any secrets using any mail platform. We collect no data from Just Mail users’ activities. We can’t analyze emails, copy files or give someone else access to them. Any and all data sent through our platform can be deleted in a few seconds without a trace.
What people are saying about Just Mail:
DailyDot - "The dream of easy-to-use encrypted email may have just come true".
How does it work?
Just Mail is based on the I2P network, proven for decades AES algorithms, public and private keys and it stores data in distributed hash tables. When user sends a email, our app encodes it, divides it and saves it into the distributed network. The addressee receives a magnet link ( similar to torrent ) that allows him to get his email through random nodes. Every Just Mail user will transport and temporary store ( ! ) random parts of hundreds of someone else’s correspondence which cannot be read if you are not the addressee. ( ! ) Users keep data only during transfer, most of the time we store it on our servers.
Just Mail solves two tasks. Firstly, a truly encrypted email platform. To protect emails we ask every user to make a funny picture. We use image as a source of random data to generate keys. Modern cameras have 8-12 million pixels. If two same cameras will make a picture of the same object anyway these pictures will be different. We take a RAW file and compress it by removing duplicate information. The pure random data is left and we place into keys, making them 100% secure and entirely personal.
Secondly, anonymous data exchange. Our apps send all data to our servers and back via I2P. No one knows what data are transfered by a specific user and where we store a particular file or email. Moreover it makes impossible to track a specific user's location.
Nobody Knows Where is Alice and Bob.
Unlike many other anonymizing networks, I2P doesn't try to provide anonymity by hiding the originator of some communication and not the recipient, or the other way around. I2P is designed to allow peers using I2P to communicate with each other anonymously — both the sender and the recipient are unidentifiable to each other as well as to third parties.
For example, today there are both in-I2P web sites (allowing anonymous publishing / hosting) as well as HTTP proxies to the normal web (allowing anonymous web browsing). Having the ability to run servers within I2P is essential, as it is quite likely that any outbound proxies to the normal Internet will be monitored, disabled, or even taken over to attempt more malicious attacks.
Not for Geeks Only.
Just Mail is a platform built not just for geeks and smart guys who know how to setup Linux. All you need to be secured is to sign up to our platfrom and invite your friends and collegues into protected conversations. You can easily import your emails from any major email platfrom and communicate with the whole world staying safe.
Just Mail users interact with legacy email systems as usual. Data they send not encrypted, but it also goes though I2P to SMTP servers. We have border SMPT servers for this type of communications and to allow users have a custom domains.
One Click Security.
You can even invite people who don’t have a Just Mail account to Just Mail Conversations by sending a special link via email, social networks or sms, you can print it and fax! When the link is delivered a recipient can automatically sign up under a temporary Just Mail account and communicate with you. It takes a second to generate a link and no more than that to deliver it.
Transport for Everyone.
We are also working on a completely open API to give developers a great tool to build protected communications inside their programms and use our infrastructure for free. We want to give developers the ability to bring their applications to the new security standard without years of coding.
Where We Are Now?
The “Just Mail” project began in 2013 to search for a fully independent and anonymous way to share data and to make it available to everyone. Much of the Just Mail code has already been done ( basic email client, backend for nodes and gates ) that allows us to exhange mails between I2P network users and traditional SMTP servers. With your support we will be able to finish the platform. You Fund:
Development & Design. We’ve already built a strong team of programmers and designers who are working on the platform, but all of us have full time jobs which prevent us from devoting all our time to the Just Mail project, but that’s what we really want to do and that’s what we will do with your help.
Legal stuff. We need to find a place where we can safely register our company and trademarks, we need to write terms & conditions and we need to be sure that the government can’t shut down the project using force.
Infrastructure. That’s the biggest challenge for our team. We've got tons of work to setup and host our dedicated servers around the world to provide seamless email availability and guarantee data rate.
Help us Grow.
This Kickstarter project is about building a email platform and giving people a way to mail each other - but we don't want to stop there. The majority of popular communication platfroms track what users do and where they are and people don’t have any alternative. That’s what we want to change.
Our mission is to build a unique space where people can communicate and collaborate in a completely safe and secure environment. That’s why we will move on from mails and storage to voice, video and full range of communication and collaboration tools as soon as we could.
Who is running Just Mail?
This project is coordinated by Eric Michel and Maria Hahn. They are brining it to life.They are building our team by searching people who are concerned about privacy and who are willing to work in spare time. We are very grateful to Windfall Systems Inc. and Vlad Repin CTO of Windfall Systems who helped us with test servers and supported the project by sharing his knowledge, skills and expirience in hardware field.
Our back-end part is being developed by two guys you have seen in a movie and their boss - Harley Puthuff. They all have more than 15 years of expirience in programming, C++, Python and have already participated in the building of a big mobile network from scratch.
Most recently Ivan Cherepukhin ( invited by Vladimir ) has joined the team - he designed our website, created our identity, draw a range of wonderful illustrations and now he is working on the design of our apps. He’s more than 10 years UX/UI expirience in best Moscow digital studios and has also launched a range of local startups designed by himself.
But for these people it wouldn’t have been possible to do the first prototype of Just Mail:
Herve Andrieu and Serge Tsibulskiy are our engineers. Joseph Opare is our brave tester.
Geogre Foyht is helping Ivan with UI tasks and Tom Flux is converting their images into codes. And, of course, last but not least our traffic manager and a great girl Nazgul Kanatova. You can find our faces at Just Mail website.
and here is a bonus video from Ivan about NSA ( FBI ):
Risks and challenges
Much of the code is written and tested on Windfall servers so there should not be a problem with delivering this part of Just Mail in time. Apart from the backend code we need to design and code Just Mail applications. We are going to complete this part as well as legal issues by the end of the summer .
When the software development project is that big, the main risk and challenge is scaling from one user to thousands in limited time. We will do our best to prepare our infrastructure to possible overloads and will try to increase its power according to the number of users. But it’s possible that we will limit the number of users on the beta stage or invite some of Kickstarter backers before others.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
How can you offer free email service without advertising? How will you earn money to maintain the platform?
Just Mail will be a Freemium product. That means our users will always have a great and free communication service with additional funtionality for some money to make it possible to maintain the platform.
We don’t really believe in completely open source products, just look at OpenSSL troubles or check http://www.lambdassociates.org/blog/the_problems_of_open_source.htm for more information.
But we will keep code of all services open, now it's just not 100% ready to be published.
We are happy to hear that you want to help us. Every little helps. The basic thing you can do for the common privacy is to download and launch our apps when they are ready. Even if you don’t use your email we could use your account as a transport node for Just Mail users. You can limit the speed of your connection and make it really invisible to you, but very helpful for us.
Yes, it will. Actually we are going to start with this and you can find it in our rewards.
Yes, you can. We will give our users some basic space for free and you can always buy some more protected space if you need it. Currently you can find rewards with additional space that we will provide to backers without any additional month or annual payments.
No, we aren’t. We’ve already written our not Java I2P client for Linux.
What if NSA / US Goverment / FBI or Barack Obama in person will steal your servers and all data from them?
Any or all data sent through our servers or stored on them can be decoded and read only by the adressee of each email. Every adressee has its own private key that is never sent anywhere and that is required to decode emails, so it makes it impossible to do anything with any data by Barack Obama or anyone else on the globe.
We don’t really ask you to trust us. We offer you to use proven technologies for your privacy. We just give this opportunity to you - to be protected or not to be and it’s up to you to choose. But It's better to be safe than sorry.
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