Donald Trump’s surprise win has been good news for end-to-end encrypted services. The Swiss company Protonmail announced today that weekly sign-ups had doubled after Donald Trump’s surprise win on Tuesday, although the company did not disclose raw numbers for the jump. “Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you are on, Trump’s control over the NSA is now an indisputable fact, and we think it is worth taking a closer look at what this means,” CEO Andy Yen wrote in an accompanying post.
The Swiss company, which was targeted by DDoS attacks last year, is one of the largest end-to-end encrypted email providers, boasting a total of 2 million users. The costs of service are covered by donations from foundations and crowdfunding, allowing the company to forgo data collection for advertising.
The jump in sign-ups comes after critics have called for ad-supported companies like Google and Facebook to scale back their data collection in light of the threat posed by the incoming president. “It’s viscerally brought home why this matters,” Pinboard CEO Maciej Ceglowski told The Verge. We’ve rounded up the strengths of various secure chat apps here.