Own-Mailbox is a personal email server you can run in your own home, with strong privacy protection measures integrated at its core. It provides self-hosted email addresses, and allows you to protect the content of your emails, and the meta-data, from mass surveillance. Own-Mailbox, is very easy to set-up and use - as easy as a GMail account. Own-Mailbox automatically encrypts your emails using Gnu Privacy Guard, a strong encryption software. This is the same software that has been used by Edward Snowden (as shown in the movie citizenfour). Own-Mailbox also allows you to protect your meta-data thanks to the tor network: the information that you exchanged emails with another own-mailbox user, and the anonymity of your email account, will be protected. Own-mailbox will be available for sale as a plug-and-play stand-alone hardware, or can be used as a software image for Raspberry pi.
100% Free Software, 100% Open-Hardware.
Private emails, 100% auditable.
We make everything so you are the only one in control. Even we don't have access to your messages.
We want to make sure it is usable by anyone.
We do this in an attempt to do good for humanity!
When your Own-Mailbox is in your home, you can access your emails from anywhere in the world through a webmail interface, using standard email software or via your smartphone. However you choose to access it, your communications will be encrypted end-to-end with your Own-Mailbox to preserve your privacy.
Own-Mailboxes exchange emails directly through the tor network. Both the content and meta-data are therefore protected. For that purpose own-Mailboxes host tor hidden services, for SMTP, HTTPS (webmail) and IMAPS. The webmail interface can be accessed directly through the tor browser. In order to be compatible with the outside of the tor network, the Own-Mailbox project maintains a proxy server (for SMTP and TLS).You will therefore be able to receive emails as you would with a normal email address, and access your webmail form a normal browser while keeping end-to-end encryption, with your Own-Mailbox.
Your Own-Mailbox encrypts and decrypts emails via GPG for you. You can communicate with your Own-Mailbox from anywhere in the world through HTTPS (via the tor browser or via a normal browser through the proxy). When you access your emails, the Own-Mailbox sends you the decrypted emails for openPGP protocol, but re-encrypted through TLS.
The project was initiated by Pierre Parent.We are now a team of French engineers working on this project, all graduated from Insa de Rouen!