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Proton Mail goes Open Source with version 2.0

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Proton Mail 2.0(new window) is a completely new code base, redesigned from the ground up to provide better performance, security, and flexibility. We are happy to announce today that we have completely open sourced Proton Mail 2.0(new window) and we are also officially launching a bug bounty program(new window) to encourage community participation in making Proton Mail the most secure email service ever.

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The road to 2.0

When Proton Mail first launched, we had no idea that over half a million people worldwide would share our vision of a more private and secure internet(new window). This was many more people than the Proton Mail 1.0 codebase was designed to support. Although our team of former CERN scientists, together with experts from MIT, managed to scale Proton Mail 1.x, a better solution was needed.

With Proton Mail 2.0, we now have a new framework which we can easily scale to provide encrypted email to millions of users. While we have retained the look and feel of Proton Mail, the code underneath that runs it is completely different. The difference is immediately noticeable through the performance. Reading and browsing through emails is now over 10 times faster than the 1.x version of Proton Mail. This and other enhancements are summarized in our 2.0 Release Notes(new window).

Open Source & Bug Bounty Program

As former CERN scientists, we are strong believers in open source software and community support. Version 2.0 marks another milestone in our open source journey as we have completely open sourced the 2.0 codebase. To learn more, check out our dedicated blog post here(new window).

A secure email service like Proton Mail is also impossible without the assistance of dozens of security researchers worldwide who have helped make Proton Mail more secure over the course of our beta. In order to encourage more community participation in securing Proton Mail, we are also launching our bug bounty program today. You can find details about our bounty program here(new window).

The Future

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In the coming months, we will be continuing to improve Proton Mail. We have recently sent invites for our iOS and Android app beta to our Indiegogo Lifetime, Visionary, and Mobile level supporters. Thanks to your financial support during our record breaking crowdfunding campaign, we have now completed development of our mobile apps. Next week, we will announce how to sign up for the mobile apps beta so stay tuned!

P.S. If you have not yet signed up for a Proton Mail account, you can do so here:

Aujourd’hui, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la sortie de Proton Mail 2.0(new window), notre plus grande mise à jour depuis le lancement initial de Proton Mail. Proton Mail 2.0 est une toute nouvelle base de code, reconstruite à partir de zéro pour apporter plus de performance, plus de sécurité et une plus grande flexibilité. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer aujourd’hui que nous avons complètement ouvert le code source de Proton Mail 2.0(new window) et nous annonçons également le lancement officiel d’un programme bug bounty(new window) pour encourager la participation de la communauté pour faire de Proton Mail le service mail le plus sécurisé.

En route pour 2.0

Lorsque Proton Mail a été lancé, nous n’avions pas idée que plus d’un demi-million de personnes dans le monde partagerait notre vision d’un Internet plus privé et sécurisé(new window). Ce fut beaucoup plus de personnes que ce qui avait été envisagé pour la base de Proton Mail 1.0. Bien que notre équipe formée de scientifique du CERN, en collaboration avec des experts du MIT, ai réussi à élaborer Proton Mail 1.x, une meilleure solution était nécessaire.

Avec Proton Mail 2.0, nous avons maintenant un nouveau Framework que nous pouvons facilement faire évoluer pour fournir le service mail chiffrée à des millions d’utilisateurs. Bien que nous ayons conservé le look and feel de Proton Mail, la base de code, qui fonctionne, est complètement différente. La différence est immédiatement perceptible grâce à la performance. La lecture et la navigation à travers les e-mails est maintenant plus de 10 fois plus rapide que la version 1.x de Proton Mail. Ceci et d’autres améliorations sont précisées dans notre 2.0 Release Notes(new window).

Open Source & Programme Bug Bounty

En tant qu’anciens scientifiques du CERN, nous croyons fermement au logiciel open source et au soutient de la communauté. La version 2.0 marque une nouvelle étape dans notre parcours vers l’open source puisque nous avons complètement ouvert le code source du projet 2.0. Pour en savoir plus, consultez notre article sur notre blog dédié ici(new window).

Construire un service mail sécurisé comme Proton Mail est impossible sans l’assistance de dizaines de spécialistes en sécurité à travers le monde qui ont contribué à rendre Proton Mail plus sécurisé au cours de notre phase bêta. Afin d’encourager une plus grande participation de la communauté à sécuriser Proton Mail, nous lançons également notre bug bounty programme aujourd’hui. Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur notre programme de primes ici(new window).

Pour un meilleur futur

Dans les prochains mois, nous continuerons à améliorer Proton Mail. Nous avons récemment envoyé des invitations pour nos applications bêta iOS et Android aux partisans Indiegogo Lifetime, Visionary et Mobile. Merci pour votre soutien financier au cours de notre campagne record de crowdfunding, nous avons maintenant terminé le développement de nos applications mobiles. La semaine prochaine, nous allons annoncer comment vous inscrire pour les applications mobiles bêta, donc restez à l’écoute!

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