SimpleLogin, an alias email service for maintaining privacy, has announced that it’s joining the Proton family, the firm known for ProtonMail and ProtonVPN. Neither SimpleLogin nor Proton announced if or how much money changed hands but SimpleLogin will benefit from Proton’s infrastructure and gets a bigger team.
SimpleLogin said that it will continue to operate as an independent service and that the company will continue to operate from France. Additionally, the SimpleLogin model will remain unchanged, it will continue to work with all email providers, and it will continue to develop the product but with additional resources from Proton. While the service will work with all email providers, the team does plan to better integrate it with ProtonMail so it’ll be easier to set up for those users.
Explaining why it has joined Proton, SimpleLogin said:
“This move does not in any way diminish our vision of staying user first. Since the beginning, SimpleLogin has been built to be a sustainable company with a small team. However, as privacy has gone mainstream, email alias services are also becoming more complex. In order to meet this challenge, we needed to make a choice: either go through a fund-raising process or to join forces with a bigger company.”
SimpleLogin offers three tiers; Free, Premium ($30 per year), and Enterprise. Now that it owns SimpleLogin, Proton will have another source of income in addition to its own premium offerings for services like ProtonMail and ProtonVPN.