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What happened on August 11 and what we've learned

On August 11, 2020, some SimpleLogin users have experienced up to 8 hours of email delay. We deeply apologize for this incident and have made some measures to avoid this issue from happening again. No emails were lost during this time. Here’s the timeline of what happened and the measures we’ve done to better handle these situations. First vague In the morning, we noticed that the second server mx2.simplelogin.co had a peak of emails. read more

August 19, 2020 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Introducing SimpleLogin Android and iOS app

We are happy to announce that SimpleLogin Android & iOS apps are now available, big thanks to Thanh-Nhon, our mobile guy! You can install the app on the Play Store or App Store. The Android app code is on Android Github repository and iOS on iOS Github repository. With the release of mobile apps, SimpleLogin now covers most major platforms: Desktop Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Edge, Opera, Brave, etc. read more

May 7, 2020 - Reading time: 1 minutes

Updated Privacy Policy

Having an easy to understand yet complete privacy policy is important to us. That’s why we have decided to rewrite our privacy policy to make it more detailed and accessible. We also created a security page that explains in detail how your information is protected. Our new privacy page. Our security page. Please us know if you have any questions about these new pages. read more

April 22, 2020 - Reading time: 1 minutes

Introducing PGP

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a program to encrypt your emails, texts, files, etc. As emails on Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and other popular email services are stored in cleartext, PGP can be a solution to keep your emails from being read & analyzed by these big techs. PGP is based on public-key cryptography. Essentially you have 2 keys: a public key and a private key. Your public key is known to everyone whereas only you have access to the private key. read more

March 19, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Introducing Mailboxes

Our most requested feature is finally ready: you can now add several real email addresses into SimpleLogin and choose which one to use when creating aliases! A real email address is called mailbox in SimpleLogin. This feature is particularly useful if you have several email addresses, maybe for different uses: a Gmail account for social networks & forums, a Protonmail account for professional emails, etc. When creating an alias, you can choose which mailbox that owns this alias, meaning: read more

February 27, 2020 - Reading time: 1 minutes

We decided to leave AWS

I’ve always been using AWS for hosting from simple prototypes to critical B2B systems. Thanks to its incredible catalog of products, almost all needs are covered. So naturally, the first version of SimpleLogin is hosted on AWS. And as we are based in Paris, the Paris data center is picked for the proximity. For past adventures, I mostly use third-party email delivery services like Postmark, SendGrid, SES, etc. Unfortunately, their pricing models are based on the number of emails, which are not compatible with the unlimited forwards/sends that SimpleLogin offers. read more

February 17, 2020 - Reading time: 5 minutes

Introducing SimpleLogin Safari extension

After months of working, SimpleLogin Safari extension is finally available, big kudos to Thanh-Nhon, our iOS/Mac expert! You can install it on the AppStore. The code is open-source on GitHub. SimpleLogin now supports: Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Edge, Opera, Brave, etc Firefox Safari These browsers in total represent about 95% of desktop browser share. Source: https://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/desktop/worldwide You might wonder: The Chrome/Firefox extension is already done, it must be easy to create the equivalent for Safari right? read more

February 5, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Spamgourmet, an inspiration for SimpleLogin

I learned about Spamgourmet via a friend who has been using the service for more than 10 years. Even though I couldn’t create a new account on Spamgourmet (the registration is closed), I only heard nice things about this service. The website seems out of date with its yellowish background and it’s indeed old: it has been running since 2000! The service is free and if people like it, they could donate or buy a T-Shirt. read more

January 31, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Introducing Alias Directory | Why it's better than Username

A lot of users complain that every time they need an email, they need to go to SimpleLogin dashboard to create an alias and this flow is just too slow. There must be a better way! Entering alias directory, a way to quickly create an email address whenever you need one. Just use: your_directory/anything@simplelogin.co OR your_directory+anything@simplelogin.co OR your_directory#anything@simplelogin.co next time you need an email address. anything could really be anything, it’s up to you to invent the most creative alias 😉. read more

January 14, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

We should have a different email for each website

Why do I receive so many spams? When this question was asked by my girlfriend (now wife 😅), my immediate answer was “Stop giving away your email” and I suggested creating a secondary email for “suspicious” websites. Also, using the same email everywhere is like leaving the same footprint on the Internet, allowing advertisers to cross-reference your online behavior. She followed the advice, created a second email and was happy at first. read more

December 15, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

If you care about user privacy, do NOT use Facebook SDK

Social Login buttons like the ubiquitous Login with Facebook/Google/Twitter/… button is convenient for users as they don’t have to go through a lengthy registration process and create yet another username/password. And without a proper password manager (which probably 99% users don’t use), they tend to reuse the same password which is bad in terms of security! However behind the scene, some SDKs (I’m looking at you Facebook SDK!) inject an iframe in your website to display the Continue as {MyName} or Login with Facebook button. read more

November 3, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Why you shouldn't create your own authentication system

Implementing correctly an authentication system is hard. If you start creating your website/application now, please use a third party authentication. Third party authentication can be social login (e.g. the ubiquitous Login with Facebook button) or identity management tools like Auth0 or Okta. It’s not just about storing the username/password in the database. In a standard web application, an authentication system needs to: store password hash instead of password in clear text. read more

September 13, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes