Liverado focused on offering an encrypted email service that takes a very different approach to email security. This article aims to clearly describe the difference between Liverado and Gmail and the reasons for making Liverado more secure.
Only you can read your email
Liverado uses encryption to protect your data. It means that only you can read the messages in your mailbox. Even Liverado cannot read your mail. But Gmail can and does read every email you have. Suppose you don't want to allow Google unlimited access to all your intimate communications. In that case, Liverado's data privacy method will provide greater security.
Your data belongs to you
When you register with Google or Facebook, you can let them control your sensitive personal information. Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal reveals that Facebook users have little knowledge about who has access to their data and how to use them. The companies will continue to read, analyze, and sell your data in ways beyond your control. Unless they fundamentally change their business models.
Liverado does not have this problem. We use end-to-end and zero-access encryption. Our encryption ensures that our users have full ownership of their data. Even as the email service provider, we cannot read the data.
Encryption of messages in transit
In addition to the security of static emails, email security in transit also needs to be considered. Liverado and Gmail both provide additional protection when communicating with external email providers by using TLS encryption. However, Liverado goes one step further by supporting end-to-end encryption.
In short, end-to-end encryption means the message is encrypted on the sender's device, even before the message leaves your computer or mobile phone. Only recipients can decrypt the encrypted messages on their device. This means that no third party such as an Internet service provider, NSA or even Liverado as a mail server operator between the sender and receiver can decrypt and view the message.
Because Liverado has a built-in PGP email encryption function, it can provide strong protection. When messages are exchanged between users, end-to-end encryption will be performed automatically without user interaction.
For businesses that use Liverado for email hosting, this means that all communications between employees will be automatically protected by end-to-end encryption. Liverado can also support sending/receiving end-to-end encrypted emails with non-Liverado users. The use of end-to-end encryption makes Liverado a better choice for security-conscious individuals and organizations.
Google records all actions performed by its users. This includes your IP address, every search you make, emails opened, websites visited, etc. Liverado takes the opposite approach. By default, it does not monitor or record user activities or even IP addresses.
Better security in the event of a data breach
Liverado uses zero-access encryption, which means that technically, we cannot decrypt user messages. Zero access encryption applies to all messages in your mailbox, even messages from non-Liverado users.
Compared with Gmail, this provides stronger security because even if Liverado is compromised, user messages are still safe. After all, Liverado only stores encrypted messages. If an attacker steals emails, the attacker will not be able to decrypt them because even Liverado cannot decrypt them. Therefore, the use of zero-access encryption adds substantial flexibility to resist catastrophic data leakage.
Smaller attack surface
Liverado only provides email services, so your Liverado account is not connected to hundreds of other services. Compared to Google, Liverado's goals are much smaller; and vulnerability in another service has less risk of compromising your email account.
Someone might say that Gmail is more secure because it is a giant company with more engineers. However, there is sufficient evidence that safety has nothing to do with company size. In fact, due to the large attack surface, large companies are usually the most vulnerable. Yahoo and Equifax are the two examples.
There is no 100% security, and historical records show that any system can be compromised. Liverado's unique ability to protect user data is a valuable benefit even in a data breach.
Liverado uses a secure remote password to protect user credentials. Even if the attacker can control the victim's network, it is difficult to perform brute-force attacks to obtain user credentials.
Both Gmail and Liverado support two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA provides additional security by requiring a unique code (usually generated on a separate hardware device) every time you log in.
However, Liverado only goes further by using powerful 2FA methods and does not allow weaker methods (such as 2FA over SMS).
Protected by strongest Data protection laws in the world
Liverado based in Singapore
Singapore is the country that has one of the strongest data protection laws in the world. The ways we take, manage, process and store personal data are strictly governed by personal data protection law(PDPA).
The Zero-access encryption ensures even if Liverado receives an order from a court in Singapore. We only can transfer the encrypted data to authorities. Liverado will not be forced to hand over data in a civil lawsuit in the United States or the European Union as a company in Singapore. Therefore, if you do care about privacy, Liverado is an ideal choice for companies, journalists, lawyers and individuals concerned about the inaccessibility of government agencies or courts.
Swiss data centre
Liverado only stores user data in countries with strong privacy protection laws and advanced technology infrastructure, such as Switzerland.
Unlike Gmail, Liverado is not subject to US laws (such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), nor can it be forced to work for the NSA. With Liverado, you can ensure that your data is always kept in Switzerland and is fully compliant with Swiss privacy regulations and Singapore PDPA.
No conflict of interest
In addition to technical and legal differences, Liverado and Gmail also have very different business practices. Gmail was created to lock users on the world's largest and most intrusive advertising platform, and Liverado was designed to protect privacy in the digital age.
Google obtains personal data by providing Gmail and other services for free and then sells it to advertisers to make money. On the other hand, Liverado always puts user privacy first because our only customers are our users, not advertisers. Therefore, choosing between Gmail and Liverado is also a personal choice: do you want to sacrifice your privacy or use a service that respects privacy?
Comparison summary between Gmail and Liverado
|Only you can read your email||No||Yes|
|Only you can read your email||No||Yes|
|Your data belongs to you||No||Yes|
|Encryption of messages in transit||No||Yes|
|Better security in the event of a data breach||No||Yes|
|Smaller attack surface||No||Yes|
|Protected by strongest Data protection laws||No||Yes|
|No conflicts of interests||Yes||No|
|No ads or targeting||Yes||No|
Both Gmail and Liverado provide email accounts, but this is the only similarity. The two mailing services are very different in terms of privacy, technology and legal protection. If you only want an email account, both services can meet your needs. If email security (especially privacy) is important, you should consider Liverado as an alternative to Gmail.