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Criptext: encrypted email with true ownership

The only service that keeps your emails in your device and not in 3rd party servers. Protect your privacy, own your inbox.

Criptext: encrypted email with true ownership

The only service that keeps your emails in your device and not in 3rd party servers. Protect your privacy, own your inbox.

$6,467
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30days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 17 2019 6:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Criptext is an encrypted email service built entirely around users owning their inbox. But, What makes it so special? 

Among many things, what makes Criptext unique is that it doesn’t collect your emails in its servers. Instead, your entire inbox is stored in your device alone. This means that you are the sole owner of your conversations. Beyond ownership, Criptext brings top notch security by using the open source Signal Protocol encryption, which enables easy end-to-end encrypted email conversations. Combined with a simple design, Criptext is a beautiful email experience that blends privacy with ease of use. 

Own your encryption keys

Part of our guiding principle has been the idea of returning ownership and control back to the user. Sticking to that idea, Criptext is designed to never have access to your encryption keys. Unlike other secure email services, Criptext’s encryption keys are generated and stored exclusively on your device. This means that third parties, including Criptext, cannot read the contents of your emails. What's more, our sophisticated encryption bears a unique property called 'Forward Secrecy', which means each email is encrypted with its own unique key. This implies that if a key is compromised it cannot be used to access your entire inbox.

 A beautiful inbox 

Secure email services are known for their underwhelming look and feel. This is because developers have to compromise ease-of-use for security, but that is not the case with Criptext. We made it our focus to build an email service that is both easy to use and beautiful without ever compromising its security. Design is one of our guiding principles in the pursuit of delivering a truly secure inbox, which is why we actively find ways of improving our user interface thanks to feedback we get from our users.

A simpler way of encrypting emails

When it comes to sending encrypted emails Criptext behaves like iMessage, but for emails. When you email a fellow Criptext user the email is end-to-end encrypted (blue bubble). And when you email a generic email recipient (Gmail, yahoo, etc) the email is sent as a normal email (green bubble, SMS). This simple MO means you never have to choose when to encrypt and when not to as the app does it automatically for you. The result is a seamless email experience that enables people to email normally as they're used to, but with an added layer of security.   

An Open Source technology

Community is key in the development of Criptext. All the code for the Criptext mobile and desktop apps is publicly available on our GitHub page. This transparency means that the entire developer community can verify that indeed Criptext works exactly the way we say it does. Besides that, opening up the Criptext project enables developers around the world to contribute and help in the development of this privacy-focused email service. These contributions are made in the form of someone making a fix for a known bug, or actually publishing a known bug for us or others to fix.

Leaving beta stage

Criptext was launched in open Beta (free) on August 2018 and since then our product has gotten better and better thanks to feedback from +35k users around the world that use Criptext. The goal of our beta stage has been to gather feedback from users and improve on the product and thanks to that we have been able to fix fundamental bugs as well as add much needed features and optimizations to the app. Such new features include iCloud/Drive backups, Spanish translations, FaceID App Lock, Multiple Accounts, Dark Mode, Two-factor authentication, and much more. Beyond improving the overall experience, our beta stage has helped us understand how people are using their inbox today. This has lead to the development of productivity features that lie at the core of our upcoming Criptext Pro and Business products in the new Criptext v1.0.

Criptext Pro + Business

Along with the launch of Criptext 1.0, we're releasing Criptext Pro and Criptext Business, which are premium services that will focus on value-added features that bring productivity and enterprise tools to the most avid email users. Features include Custom Domains, Email Scheduling, Read Receipts, Larger attachments, Reminders, and more. Besides the ability to use your own domain, Criptext Business will include valuable insights into the use of email in your company. This will include insights such Average Response Time, Most Active members in your company, Email Activity per time of day, and much more. Our goal with these premium services is to make email more useful and less time consuming. Although Criptext Pro and Business will be paid services, Criptext Standard will always be free as we consider privacy to be a right, not a privilege. Criptext Pro and Criptext Business are both currently in beta and are ready to be launched in early 2020. 

Use of Kickstarter funds

Our immediate goal is to launch Criptext v1.0 with Criptext Pro and Business. The funds we raise with this campaign will go to pay salaries, running costs (servers, office space, etc), equipment and services we need to fulfill development on our platform. We need to extend the company's runway so we can complete development on our premium/paid services, which include Criptext Pro and Criptext Business. The launch of these paid products will enable us to generate an income and become profitable. Beyond that we have a long-term roadmap that includes the development of complementary apps and services including a Calendar, Video Conferencing, Secure File Sharing platform and more. To reach both our immediate and long term goals we'll need to hire more developers and designers. In doing so we'll be able to speed up development, expand our market reach and bring true email privacy to users across the globe.


 Our long-term vision is to go beyond email to create a productivity suite with privacy and security at its core. 


Shipping Costs

Your contribution to our campaign does not include shipping fees. Goods will be shipped from the US. Please see our shipping Fee Schedule to estimate what the shipping costs will be. Keep in mind that these are estimates and are subject to change.

Shipping Outside U.S.A.

International backers will be responsible for import duties, VAT, GST or other country taxes. Depending on the country you're in, you may incur these additional fees. Check out this link to see what duty fees you can expect in your country: Import Calculator 

We're a group of Latin American nerds and privacy enthusiasts that share a deep appreciation for privacy rights. Although Criptext Inc. is a Delaware corporation, the team is based in Ecuador and Panama. We've been working together for over 4 years and look forward to continue growing the Criptext family. Currently we have 2 Mobile engineers, 2 Desktop engineers, 3 backend engineers, 3 Designers and 2 Business Developers - and a Tina (Chief Dog Officer).

 We really appreciate you taking the time to get to know Criptext and the story behind our secure email service. If you're curious about the app we highly recommend you download Criptext Beta on Mobile and Desktop and give it a try. Developers that would like to get involved in the development of Criptext can go to our GitHub page and commit to our open source project with comments, pull requests and more.

If you'd like to reach out to the Criptext team directly with comments or questions just shoot us an email to support@criptext.com. We're eager to find ways to make your Criptext experience better so don't hesitate to suggest crazy ideas ;)

Once more, THANK YOU for learning about our story.

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3. Calculate how much you need to send to our Bitcoin address. Example: you chose to pledge for the PARTNER reward which costs $1,000, and the current Bitcoin price on Bitstamp is $10,000, so you will need to send us $1,000 + shipping charges, the calculation is as follows, (cost of pledge)/(Bitcoin price) = ($1,000)/($10,000) = 0.1BTC.

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Risks and challenges

Considering that Criptext is not a concept, but a fully working product that's available in mobile and desktop, many of the typical Kickstarter risks are diminished. That said there are a few particular risks that we have to take into account:

The biggest challenge we face is the legal circumstances that provoked the genesis of Criptext itself. Currently, our founder and CEO, Mayer Mizrachi, is battling a legal case against the government of Panama, which has rendered him unable to leave country and travel to meetings with investors or trade events to promote Criptext. This is one of the reasons why we actually chose to do a Kickstarter campaign. Luckily, Panama recently had a change of Government and the legal woes have started to unwind giving us reason to believe that this chapter of the Criptext story will soon be behind us.

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