Freiheit.com on Tuesday introduced
Freenigma, new service for Web e-mail users that encrypts their communications to help assure privacy. A beta release is planned for the beginning of August, and it will be available worldwide. Users interested in Freenigma can sign up today.
Freenigma works by encrypting e-mails before they’re saved and sent. They’re then decrypted on the other end by the recipient — all mail is encrypted or decrypted by the webmail client, so it doesn’t pass through any additional servers. Users must have Freenigma installed at both ends in order for the e-mail to be encrypted and decrypted, however. Freiheit.com has noted plans to make public Freenigma keys available from the Freenigma server.
Freenigma is based on the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) — a free software replacement for Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) cryptographic software. Freenigma also supports OpenPGP, the open standard version of PGP.