Skiff Mail: new encrypting email service
Skiff Mail is a new encrypted email provider. The firm prioritizes consumer privacy.
The service is Web3 native; create a free personal account here.
Skiff Mail’s blog article indicates personal accounts get 10GB of free cloud storage, yet the Pricing tab in the settings only shows 1GB. Skiff can save Markdown notes, code blocks, modify and create documents. You may add email aliases, import documents from Google Drive, or upload them from your PC. 30MB is the upload limit. Skiff’s fast search can search hundreds of files immediately, according to the statement.
Account info syncs between devices. Skiff’s apps are open source; you may use the online app in your browser, the mobile app on iOS or Android, or the Desktop program on macOS.
Skiff Mail prompts you to save a one-time use recovery key when you create an account. Because of the service’s encryption, you can’t access your account if you lose it. To safeguard your account, activate 2FA in settings. New users may sign up using MetaMask Wallet, and Brave Wallet is coming shortly.
Skiff Mail’s website automatically gathers the following user information.
- IP Address
- Mac Address
- Cookie Identifiers
- Mobile Carrier (Cell Phone Provider)
- User Settings
- Browser or Device Information
It might be okay to collect the user’s settings, as well as information about their browser and device. This information is probably related to the cookies stored in the browser, and it might also be used to make sure everything works together. Skiff Mail also collects general location information and an approximation of your location based on your IP address, in addition to the personal information listed above.
Even though there is a button to delete your account in the settings, the only way to delete your user information is to email Skiff Mail. The company also uses some tools from third parties for analysis, and these tools have their own privacy policies.
Skiff seems to be able to get to everything else, but he can’t read what’s in your emails because they are encrypted. But what good is end-to-end encryption if a service keeps track of the user and collects so much information about them? It learns how you use the Internet, which is basically the same as making a profile of the user. Doesn’t this sound like what Facebook and Google do?
If you read the privacy policies of other end-to-end encrypted email services like ProtonMail and Tutanota, you won’t find data collection clauses like these. And they don’t make profiles of users based on the information they gather.