In the wake of the mass NSA surveillance scandal sparked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, all sorts of hackers, academics, startups, and major corporations are working to build tools that let us more easily secure our email messages and other online communications.
Dozens of projects have emerged in recent months, ranging from the email clientMailpile to the offline messaging app Briar to the Skype replacement Tox. But although many succeed in streamlining the traditionally onerous task of encrypting personal communications, they all come with one caveat: They depend on both the sender and the recipient adopting the same technology to exchange messages.
Now, a German company called Open-Xchange wants to change this using a tool it calls OX Guard, a new addition to the company’s existing open source email server, software that individuals and businesses can use to operate their own email services.
Read more at Wired.