Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: AnonyMail2 to be released on August 30th

As most of you probably already know, I write a program called AnonyMail. AnonyMail is a cross-platform way to send completely anonymous and untraceable email to anyone on the planet. For a long while now, I've been working on a new version that implemented more of my ideas about security and privacy and helped people protect themselves better when the communicate.

After a few months of work, I'm happy to announce that AnonyMail2 will be released on August 30th for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

After taking a look at the first few versions of the software, I decided that, in light of all of the revelations by Edward Snowden, it was time for me to step it up a bit. Transferring messages via SSL simply wasn't enough anymore. We needed more. So here's what the new AnonyMail will have:
  • Message Padding to help stop traffic analysis by anyone monitoring the data transfer as the message is being delivered to our server. This feature, as it sounds, pads the message with a random amount of noise, thereby making traffic analysis by watching both sides of the connection extremely difficult.
  • Full Encryption. The last version of AnonyMail only encrypted the connection between the user and the AnonyMail server. We now know this simply isn't enough so, starting with AnonyMail2, all messages will be encrypted using a 4096 bit PGP public key and delivered to the server via SSL.
  • Routing through Tor. This is a no-brainer. You can't be completely anonymous if we know who you are. So you can now route all your AnonyMail connections over the Tor anonymity network.
  • Message Staggering. This couples really well with message padding and encryption in helping to make traffic analysis extremely difficult. You can now tell the server to wait a random amount of time before delivering your message. This random amount of time is not known to anyone - including you.
  • Multi-Hop Delivery Routes. Taking a page from the Tor playbook, I've implemented the ability to route your messages through multiple relay servers The default is 4 but this might change as we learn more about spy capabilities and exactly how they monitor the Internet.
A lot of work and love has gone into this version of AnonyMail and I hope it's well received and useful. If you have any ideas you'd like to see implemented in the next version (yep, already planning that one) shoot me an email and let me know.


The software will release on August 30th at 12:00am. From today until then, I'm offering those who pre-purchase AnonyMail a discount. Buy it before August 30th and get it for $2.00.

You can do that here: https://gumroad.com/l/TsSC

No. AnonyMail is not an open source program in the traditional sense of 'you can do anything you want with it'. You can't. I make a living from the software I write and have chosen not to make AnonyMail completely open source.

  • If you buy it, you get the complete source code, including the source code of any libraries used in creating it.
  • You have the ability to compile the source I provide you into your own binary so you know that 'what you see is what you get'. 
While I'd love to make AnonyMail completely open source, for now, it's not an option. I am strongly looking at ways to do that very soon though. For now, I hope the two items above are enough for most people. Feel free to scream at me about it.