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Software information
DeveloperLavabit LLC
Stable releasePOP3 and IMAP
Latest release dateNovember 1, 2007
Typee-mail, POP3, IMAP, Webmail

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Lavabit is a free e-mail service founded in June 2004 (originally as Nerdshack and Mailshack) intended to be a privacy-sensitive alternative to Gmail. According to the Lavabit FAQ, "Lavabit was founded... in response to Gmail. At the time, Lavabit’s founders felt Gmail was a great service but that Google was actively violating the privacy of its users by displaying ads related to keywords in their e-mail. Lavabit’s founders also felt they could provide a higher level of service than the competition." For paid users Lavabit prevents even the company's ability to access users' email accounts by using asynchronous encryption. Lavabit offers free, ad-free accounts, non-targeted ad-supported accounts, and two levels of paid accounts. Lavabit currently serves over 210,000 customers.

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