Thursday, August 20, 2015

More security level for e-mail – professional technology available for everyone … –

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The leading German e-mail provider WEB.DE and GMX have as of today the so-called end-to-end encryption method into their e-mail products. In order for the more than 30 million users of the two services can first encrypt their messages so that only the sender and receiver can read them. The solution is based on the internationally recognized standard “Pretty Good Privacy”, make the WEB.DE and GMX now available for everyone. The new level of security for e-mail works on all major devices, available to all customers of the two mail services free of charge and is compatible with all previous PGP applications.

“With our solution, each user can also without technical knowledge encrypt their emails so that only the recipient can open the content Whether via the Internet browser or the WEB.DE and GMX app on the smartphone -. Now, anyone can encrypt a professional technology that so far some technical foreknowledge required. We want to help the continuous encryption breakthrough, “says Jan Oetjen, managing director of GMX and WEB.DE.

The two email providers rely on PGP encryption with the Open- source software Mailvelope. Encryption can be used on all popular devices. When using the browser plug-in is integrated into the familiar email interface of WEB.DE and GMX and encrypts the email content and attachments directly before sending. The WEB.DE and GMX Apps for Android or iOS smartphones and tablets automatically have the PGP extension, so that the user can supply with all popular devices and decrypt. Even plants can be easy with encrypted on all devices, which previously represented a further additional effort.

The approach solves the three main problems that it the use of end-to-end were previously encryption for the user and the distribution highly restricted: establishment of PGP, the key exchange and assistance in case of loss of the key. With WEB.DE and GMX, a setup wizard guides the user in a few steps to dispatch its first encrypted mail. After installing the browser plug-in required for the PGP public and private key will be automatically created, which is uniquely assigned to each user. E-mail to a recipient are encrypted with the public key and can then be decrypted using his secret private key only by himself. The simple transfer of keys between the terminals, the user can load their private key on his smartphone very quickly, so that it can in case of loss on one of the devices to restore him.

With its internal Public- Key directory offer WEB.DE and GMX, a solution to a previously unsolved PGP problem: How safe is the public key of the other, and how to ensure that there are the right ones? All produced with the browser extension’s public key is stored in a well-kept of WEB.DE and GMX directory. Using a signature WEB.DE and GMX make sure the keys fit in the directory to the respective accounts. The corresponding private key known only to the user.

With the release of the source code and a review by external security experts, providers provide transparency. All security-relevant information such as private keys and passwords are beyond the control of WEB.DE and GMX and can be viewed from these at any time, so that the user retains full data sovereignty. This includes on the one hand, that it is up to him what he wants to encrypt messages and which are not. Despite the simplification end-to-end encryption puts on the other hand, the responsibility of the user to the security of its terminal and its private key with it, because the encryption is only safe if the terminal is saved.

In addition, PGP is an important addition to the safety standards “E-mail Made in Germany”, to which 1 & 1 have agreed, freenet, GMX, Telekom, Strato and WEB.DE as a mail system group. Who has his e-mail account with a provider of mail system group, protects next to the content of the messages also called metadata such as sender, recipient, subject, time of shipment and, above all, the fact that he communicates PGP-encrypted. For all “e-mail Made in Germany” providers, users can use standard PGP solutions, thus protecting mail content and metadata


– Press Release WEB.DE : – Press Release GMX: – Further images: – The new versions of the apps have been uploaded in the respective stores and will stand throughout the day is available.

About GMX

With over 15 years of expertise in the Internet communications of freemail is Pioneer GMX (Global Message Exchange) today is one of the most successful communications services in the German Internet. GMX offers private and professional users powerful, innovative mail and messaging solutions for digital communications – online at Nestled in the versatile portal GMX offers of Germany, Austria and GMX GMX Switzerland with their country-specific content, services and services to the fields of information, communication, shopping and entertainment & amp; Lifestyle is GMX Digital Home Base for about 15 million Internet users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

About WEB.DE

WEB.DE is one of Germany’s leading Internet portals , 13.57 million people (AGOF internet facts 2015-05) use monthly WEB.DE mail or cloud services, as well as the editorial pages and the search engine. An ever larger share is taken by mobile communications. The convenient online storage offers a safe place for personal documents, photos, music and videos in the cloud. With De-Mail WEB.DE allows legal communication on the Internet. As a mark of 1 & amp; 1 Mail & amp; Media GmbH is a founding member of WEB.DE INTERNET MADE IN GERMANY initiative for high product quality with German security and privacy standards

OTS. WEB.DE Newsroom: / 8816 newsroom via RSS:

Ansprechpartner for the press:

Jörg Fries Lammers Spokesperson WEB.DE and GMX

Telephone: 0721 / 91374-4550 E-mail:

1 & 1 Internet AG Ernst-Frey-Str. 9 76135 Karlsruhe


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