Online messaging solutions, like cloud storage, are plentiful on the market. Some are even free, and thus allow everyone to send emails and host documents on a remote server. But do you really know what happens to your data, if anything? In which country are they stored? Are they protected? Can they be scanned, especially for advertising purposes? The question often arises, and the answer is either difficult to find precisely or worrying.
Infomaniak has decided to invest in this market, but not in any way. With ik.me, the Swiss company specializing in hosting and cloud storage offers its vision of free online messaging. This solution is intended to be secure and respectful of the privacy of its users: no data is analyzed or sold for advertising purposes. It is entirely developed and hosted in Europe, specifically in Switzerland, where Infomaniak’s headquarters and data centers are located.
Data sovereignty at the heart of ik.me
Data sovereignty means that digital data is subject to the laws of the country in which it is hosted. Switzerland, which hosts Infomaniak’s data centers, protects digital data and applies principles of transparency that guarantee the security of the files stored there. A first point that contrasts with most of the free solutions offered by GAFAM, whose data is subject to the Cloud Act and analyzed for advertising purposes, in the case of Google.
In addition, Infomaniak has its own infrastructures, which are therefore independent of any other player in the sector. The software part is also developed internally within the company: the tools made available to users are only those of Infomaniak. In addition, the company is not listed on the stock market: it is owned by its founders and employees. In short, ik.me is a 100% independent, transparent, and privacy-friendly solution. Finally, Infomaniak is subject to the Swiss Federal Law on Data Protection (LPD), the next update of which will be stricter than the GDPR, which it also respects.
What does ik.me offer?
The ik.me solution offers various services, all accessible free of charge. The first is an email address, which can be used using the Webmail platform entirely developed in-house at Infomaniak. It embeds contact management tools, but also a calendar, very useful for managing your schedule in accordance with the emails received. A storage space of 20 GB is offered for backing up emails and attachments.
Contacts and calendars can also be easily synchronized on mobile devices, through a mobile app available on Android and iOS. In addition, if you wish to retrieve emails and folders contained within another messaging service, ik.me provides its users with a tool allowing it to be done automatically. Enough to achieve a smooth transition between your old platform and the new one. Finally, this messaging space also gives free access to kMeet, Infomaniak’s videoconferencing service.
To this messaging part is added a storage part in the cloud: here, 3 GB of space is offered via the kDrive solution from Infomaniak. Alternative to Dropbox and Google Drive, it allows the user to securely host documents there, to collaborate online with other people on Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, to create public sharing links, and use all of these features either from a computer or from the free mobile application, available on iOS and Android. All data stored within kDrive is encrypted on Infomaniak servers. During the second quarter of 2021, a digital safe will be added to the offer: it will allow the user to encrypt their files with the key of their choice. In addition, it is possible to subscribe to a paid plan to go from 3 GB to 2 TB of available storage space as needed.
Infomaniak, a key and committed player
Infomaniak’s reputation is well established, but it is always important to know to whom you are entrusting your personal data. Swiss company founded in 1994, Infomaniak has more than 25 years of experience in web hosting and cloud storage. To date, it has more than 170 employees, based in Geneva, as well as in Winterthur. ik.me is far from the company’s first foray into online messaging, as it already has over a million email addresses under its management. A fully independent company, Infomaniak achieved a turnover of more than 24 million euros in 2020, of which 40% in Europe. Today, it is known as much as a web host as for its free services like kDrive, kMeet and SwissTransfer, financed through its paid services.
All this gives the company the amplitude and the freedom to engage in areas that are close to its heart: the protection of privacy, but also the environment. Infomaniak has been embarking on an eco-responsible approach for several years now: it doubly offsets all of its CO emissions2 and 100% of the energy used for its operation is certified from renewable sources. Its data center is cooled with natural air, without air conditioning, and its next center, scheduled for 2024, will use the energy twice: once to run the servers, and a second time to heat a building district. These initiatives have earned the company ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 50001 (energy management) certifications.
A free solution, but not only
By choosing ik.me for your messaging and cloud storage, you are not only turning to a free solution: you are also opting for a sovereign European alternative to GAFAM, designed by a company that focuses on sustainability, without making concession on privacy. You can register on ik.me right now.
Source: Applis, Logiciels – 01net by www.01net.com.
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