Peerio: A super simple way of sending end to end encrypted email


The Canadian based company Peerio has launched a beta version of its popular secure messaging, file sharing and cloud storage app, which now offers full end to end data encryption.

Currently if you want to send true end to end encrypted emails there aren’t many options for your average web user. Sure, there’s email and file encryption via PGP but generally speaking this can be tricky to setup an isn’t exactly user friendly.

There are services such as Protonmail, which ticks all the boxes in terms of usability and looks but it actually doesn’t use true end to end encryption which in reality probably only makes it as secure as Gmail.

Google is in the process of developing a Chrome extension for Gmail called End-to-End which promises PGP like encryption but the full version isn’t expected to be released until later this year.

With Peerio, users can benefit from full end to end encrypted email without the complexity of using something such as PGP. Peerio is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Chrome OS, with Android and iOS apps to be released soon.

Upon accessing Peerio, users have to choose and remember a long master passphrase (which isn’t as complicated as it is sounds). This will then be used to generate a temporary private passkey which is needed to log in to an account. Once the user logs out, the temporary pass key will then erased.

peerio interface

Peerio has a very simple and easy to use interface.


Using Peerio is very simple, as easy as using say Gmail or any other web based email.

Peerio also offers encrypted cloud storage and file sharing which and is currently offering new users 1.3GB of free storage space, although the company is likely to offer more paid for services in the future.

Part of the development team behind Peerio also helped develop Cryptocat, which championed easy-to-use encryption for web users, despite eventually being found to have flaws in its encryption code.

The end to end encrypted version of the Peerio app is currently only in beta, so you might not want to send confidential data using the app just yet.

However, according to Wired, Peerio has been independently tested by German internet security firm Cure53 who found no weaknesses or bugs in Peerio’s encryption code.

As it stands Peerio is perhaps the best of the new range of encryption tools that are out there currently, although expect to see more of these kinds of web tools and apps launching in the future, especially when stories regarding hacking, cyber crime and invasions of privacy continue to hit the headlines around the world.


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