Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fossa Guard Pro released

A year ago, we launched Fossa Guard as a free Chrome extension that helps people to send e-mails securely (e.g. in encrypted and signed form) using Google WebMail (Gmail) without leaving their loving browser. Since that time, we received a lot of feedback, did many enhancements and delivered several Fossa Guard versions to Chrome store. As far as Fossa Guard extension is free, and based on the S/MIME technology, all the S/MIME certificates are issued by our Certification Authority drove by us. However, one of the most requested features was to use S/MIME certificate issued by a corporate CA or even self-signed S/MIME certificate. Now, it becomes possible with Fossa Guard Pro.

No any changes to free Fossa Guard. We commit to support and enhance it in a way as before. We just added an option for some of you to use your own S/MIME certificates that are not somehow associated with a Fossa Certification Authorities. Both versions, Fossa Guard and Fossa Guard Pro, are available in Google Chrome Store:

However, we need to support our software and hardware infrastructure for our free users so they can continue using free secure e-mailing service as before. The price for a Fossa Guard Pro version is set to be only 1.99$ per month.

Going into details, with Fossa Guard Pro version you will have following benefits and features:
  • Your own S/MIME certificate, either created by you (e.g. self-signed) or signed by any trusted Certification Authority. Such certificate might be used to do all regular stuff, like e-mail signing or encrypting. This is achieved by importing of the PKCS#12 archive into Fossa Guard Pro. As usual, only you own private key, Fossa Guard Pro never sends your private key to any Internet server.
  • Your e-mail account that is not used to authenticate to Google services. If you own your own business with a separate e-mailing infrastructure or just want to send e-mails from an account different to Google, you are free to choose that while composing a new signed or encrypted e-mail. Just notice that such e-mail account must be present in your S/MIME certificate.
This is only the beginning. We have many other important features in our backlog, and updates will come sooner than you expect. Stay tuned.