Webster defines privacy as “the quality or state of being apart from company or observation; freedom from unauthorized intrusion.” For us, this means total control over your email communications. With ShazzleMail, privacy is about limiting exposure of your conversations to only those who are intended to read them AND controlling where your emails are stored. We believe privacy is a state of being, not a concept. Our patented architecture for email delivery makes this possible by letting you physically own where emails are delivered, and direct transfer of email messages and attachments prevents unauthorized third parties from accessing your communications. We don’t even see what you send, we simply help you get your message from point A to point B. Best of all, every ShazzleMail message is sent along an SSL encrypted line, preventing anyone from sniffing, forging, or altering any message you send and ensures that your message arrives at its final destination securely. In short, ShazzleMail restores privacy and gives control of email to the individual user.
These privacy measures are in stark contrast to the transparency of webmail services who deliver messages in plain text, making your communications and attachments vulnerable to hackers, cyberthieves and data aggregators. Webmail services also scan your messages for targeted ad placement. Furthermore, webmail messages are copied and stored up to 32 times in transit on servers that may or may not be secure. This means there may be people who are reading what you send without your knowledge and there’s nothing you can do about it. The most alarming facet of webmail is that your legal right to privacy changes after 180 days, the point upon which a personal communication becomes a bit of data and a subpoena, not a warrant, is all that’s needed to access your life.
Continue reading below to learn more about the dangers of webmail and how ShazzleMail gives you a safer and more private option.
Anyone Can See What You Write In Plain Text
Most emails are sent in plain text unless you use an encrypted service. Even HTML emails, which include formatting information for visual display, are sent without any precautions to protect the data in transit or at rest. This means anything you send can be read without any effort. It means that everything you write about with ANYONE is floating around the internet unprotected. We all assume our emails are like sealed letters but they’re really like postcards. Would you write what you write in an email on a postcard?
Your Emails Are Stored in Up to 32 Locations
Webmail delivery requires multiple entities to handle your message, and they all copy and store your content whether you agree to it or not. The main parties involved are the email service providers such as Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail. Each has incentive to keep your information for as long as possible because not only is it inexpensive for them to do so, but they gain high returns by keeping tabs on you.
Email Content Is Used To Target Ads
The reason so many email services are free to use is because the service providers scan your email content to build customer profiles so they can sell your information for better targeted ad placement. Not only do they make enough money to cover the cost of your email account, they use you to make billions of dollars in profit. Although many of the companies claim they don’t keep enough information to make you personally identifiable, the fact of the matter is that they scan every one of your emails and look for keywords that help them place ads for you to see while checking your email. In fact, one company even says, “ads are related to the content of your messages.”
Email is Not Legally Protected After 180 Days
The Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986 aims to protect information stored by electronic communication services (email providers) and remote computer services. The law protects email stored on a server for 180 days with the highest level protection and requires that law officials obtain a warrant to gain access to your personal information. However, after this crucial time period has passed, the emails stored in your inbox are reclassified as bits of data, not communications, and a subpoena is all that’s required to access your communications.
ShazzleMail Uses Encryption to Obscure Content
Every message sent using ShazzleMail is delivered using SSL encryption to prevent eavesdropping and tampering. This method of delivery not only bolsters privacy, it also includes several layers of security to ensure messages are delivered to the correct location. Because messages are encrypted in transit, third party individuals are prevented from accessing any of the information being transferred, thereby protecting the integrity of your message.
Direct Transfer Means: No copies!
ShazzleMail’s architecture is designed to transfer messages directly from sender to receiver, whether or not the recipient is a member of the ShazzleMail network. This is possible through our unique link delivery system that allows non-Shazzle users to access secure and private messages. The best part is that no copies of your messages are ever made, meaning your communications are 100 percent private.
Choose the Physical Location
ShazzleMail is a service you install on your smartphone (iOS or Android), personal computer or personal server giving you physical possession of all your email communications and peace of mind that you own your email.