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Security and Privacy

We take the privacy of your data very seriously. Here are some of the technical details:

Messages are encrypted end-to-end using the OpenPGP standard. This means that only you and the recipient can read your mail. Your messages and private PGP key are stored only on your computer (in IndexedDB).

Users have the option to use encrypted private key sync if they want to use Whiteout on multiple devices.

Content Security Policy (CSP) is enforced to prevent injection attacks.

HTML mails are sanitized and are rendered in a sandboxed iframe.

Displaying mail images is optional and opt-in by default.

Like most native email clients, whiteout mail uses raw TCP sockets to communicate directly with your mail server via IMAP/SMTP. TLS is used to protect your password and message data in transit.

The app is deployed as a signed Chrome Packaged App with auditable static versions in order to prevent problems with host-based security.

The app can also be used from any modern web browser in environments where installing an app is not possible (e.g. a locked down corporate desktop). The IMAP/SMTP TLS sessions are still terminated in the user's browser using JS crypto (Forge), but the encrypted TLS payload is proxied via socket.io, due to the lack of raw sockets in the browser.

Please keep in mind that this mode of operation is not as secure as using the signed packaged app, since users must trust the webserver to deliver the correct code. This mode will still protect user against passive attacks like wiretapping (since PGP and TLS are still applied in the user's browser), but not against active attacks from the webserver. So it's best to decide which threat model applies to you.

All our code is published for expert review. We work with independent experts who regularly audit our code. We publish the audit results.

Our mail and key servers are hosted in Germany.

And also refer to the privacy policies for our web site and for our service for more information about which data we store and what we do with them.