ProtonMail has introduced the beta launch of a brand new encrypted calendar known as ProtonCalendar. Stated to be the “first totally encrypted calendar app,” the service is positioned as a rival to Google Calendar and makes ProtonMail a extra enticing possibility for folk all for privacy-minded alternate options to Google’s core merchandise.
ProtonMail (run by Proton Applied sciences AG) launched in 2014 as a undertaking of CERN researchers who noticed the necessity for an e mail service with end-to-end encryption baked in as a main function. The platform has grown to greater than 10 million customers as of late 2018 and on the again of that progress, the builders have adopted up by increasing the choices to incorporate ProtonVPN and now ProtonCalendar.
ProtonCalendar options end-to-end encryption and works equally to different software program calendars you’ve probably used. The beta construct at the moment helps capabilities resembling creating and deleting occasions, setting reminders, and mechanically repeating occasions on daily basis, week, or month. The corporate stresses that this service continues to be in early beta and shall be up to date over the approaching months with further options resembling the flexibility to share your calendar with different ProtonMail customers and ship occasion invitations to anybody—whether or not they’re on ProtonMail or not. You’ll additionally be capable of sync occasions in your ProtonMail inbox with ProtonCalendar.
For now, the ProtonCalendar beta is proscribed to paid members of ProtonMail. It’s additionally solely out there when accessing ProtonMail via an online browser, although there are plans to introduce devoted iOS and Android apps in 2020. ProtonMail subscriptions begin at €Four per thirty days ($4.47) and embrace options such 5GB of storage, the flexibility to ship as much as 1,000 messages per day, assist for as much as 5 e mail aliases and your individual area identify, in addition to precedence buyer assist.
When you’re subscribed to ProtonMail, you possibly can entry ProtonCalendar by logging into your ProtonMail account via an online browser and it is best to see ProtonCalendar as a brand new possibility on the left sidebar. The corporate hasn’t specified when its encrypted calendar shall be made out there to free customers, nevertheless it says a primary model will finally launch for everybody who makes use of ProtonMail, whereas sure options will stay restricted to paid members.
Together with asserting its new encrypted calendar, the corporate talked about that it’s additionally engaged on a privacy-centric model of Google Drive known as ProtonDrive, the place you’ll be capable of retailer and share information.
With ProtonCalendar, now you can rapidly organize your life and plan your occasions in a handy, safe means. It makes use of the identical end-to-end encryption that ProtonMail does, guaranteeing that nobody, not even ProtonMail, can entry your schedule besides you.
Our calendar stops personal firms from spying in your schedule. For our customers with heightened safety wants, ProtonCalendar will stop authoritarian regimes from seeing who you’re assembly with and what you’re doing. It does this by preserving the small print of all of your occasions encrypted whereas they’re saved on our servers. Even within the unlikely occasion of a breach, your agenda will stay safe.
ProtonCalendar is simply the most recent undertaking in our mission to create a extra personal Web. A calendar app has been one among our most requested merchandise—pairing a safe calendar with a non-public inbox dramatically will increase the utility of each. And shortly, it is possible for you to to privately save and share paperwork to the cloud with ProtonDrive. Our mission is to create an Web that serves you and doesn’t require you handy over your private knowledge to governments or companies.