The process of transferring your mail from one server to another isn’t a simple matter of entering in the correct password, clicking the ‘Send’ button and typing the proper password, nor is it a straightforward matter of getting your mail sent.
A new service, Smtp Outbound, aims to remedy that.
It lets you send mail through an encrypted proxy server or proxy client, with your recipient’s mail being sent through the VPN, but the recipient will have access to your account.
“Outbound lets you keep your mail encrypted so that only your recipient can see it,” says SmtpOutbound’s co-founder, Tom Dutchess.
“If you don’t want to share your account with anyone else, you can always delete it later.”
The service has been in development for several months, but has been rolled out in limited numbers to beta testers, and users can opt in at Smtp.org to receive updates.
Dutchesons company was inspired to develop Smtp out of necessity after he saw the massive uptake of the Tor anonymity network, which has been used to circumvent the United States government’s attempts to censor the web.
“I saw a lot of people using Tor and it was a bit daunting to get on the same level as them,” he says.
“When I saw how much traffic the site was getting, I realised that people would want to use Tor for a lot more than just the email services.”
The first version of the service, launched last month, allows users to send mail to anyone anywhere in the world.
“We’re using a service called Tor that allows people to send email from anywhere in history, from any country, from anywhere on Earth,” says Dutcherss.
Users can choose which countries they want to send their mail through, and Dutchers service also has a “transport layer” that encrypts the traffic, so it can only be accessed from a server on the specified destination.
“In the future we’ll be expanding it to send to the UK and Australia,” says the co-creator.
The service, which is available in the UK, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, is currently available only for people in the US.
Users are not required to have a US or Canadian email address to receive their mail.
To access the service and send mail, users must have a proxy server in their country.
“People in the United Kingdom can use a UK proxy to send from their home address, which means that you can send from anywhere,” says Dan Lissner, who was instrumental in developing the service.
“But if you don and don’t have a UK account, you have to create a proxy and go to the website.”
There are several other services offering similar services.
“A lot of these are free and very easy to use, so you could go and look at these and you’d probably be like, ‘Yeah, that’s a great idea’,” says Liss.
“You’re not going to get it for free.”
SmtpInbound also works with many popular third-party email providers, and has been tested with several.
But it is still a beta, and it is not yet possible to access it from outside of the US and Canada.
“It’s not going anywhere,” Dutchyss says.
In the future, he plans to offer a full service, allowing users to encrypt their mail, and also to send it to any of the major providers in the area.
It is possible to sign up to receive email from other users, but Dutchys service does not offer the ability to sign users up to send attachments.
“The only attachment you can add to a message is a file,” he explains.
“With Smtpoutbound you can sign up for a newsletter to get updates and to get a message from the server you’re sending from.
You can’t sign up.”
There is also a mailing list, which you can join to get notifications of new updates.
Users who sign up receive notifications when new email addresses are added, and can use those addresses to send new messages.
But there is no way to send emails directly from the service itself.
“No one can see your email,” Dutercks says.
Users also need to register their email address with their provider in order to send messages, and when they do so they are asked to enter their password.
“All of that stuff is stored on the provider,” Dutsons says.
Duterches service allows you to have two email addresses on one account, but users are required to use two separate accounts for all mail.
“For example, if you’re a member of the UK email service and you send a message to your friend, you’re going to have to use the email you’re using for your friend,” he adds.
“That’s why you have two accounts.
You’re only allowed to send two messages at a time, and you’re only