SCRYPTmail scrapes free plan

Rest in peace

In December 2014, I heard about a new email startup called SCRYPTmail. It’s developers were unknown and the only man visibly running the show was an Estonian dude named Sergei Krutov.

The service taunted an end-to-end encrypted email that ensured user privacy. It wasn’t popular, which can be a great thing if you wanted to keep a low profile. A kickstarter in 2015 earned it $2,473 pledged of $25,000 goal, backed by 11 people. The funding was eventually cancelled.

I remained generally skeptical of the service from the beginning. As I have come to learn, through very harsh life lessons, trusting any person or corporation blindly would spell disaster for me.

Nevertheless, I gave it several tries before adopting it for my personal use. SCRYPTmail seems to be largely based on JavaScript. When I first tried to access the website it would keep showing me the spinning circle forever. That was the first warning sign. A few weeks later, I was finally able to get the website to load. I created an account and found that there was no option to delete it. That was the second warning sign. I decided that SCRYPTmail was not reliable.

Several months later, I came back to check the progress it had made. There was tremendous improvement. It was time to test it out. I signed up to a certain website online and patiently waited for my registration email in my inbox. It never came. Okay. I’d give them some more time to fix all the little issues.

Over a year later, I returned and SCRYPTmail had managed to fix some issues and create more bugs. One account had no option to delete it. But the others did. I wouldn’t rely on this crap as my daily driver. But it would serve the purpose for less important stuff.

Recently I checked the site and the button to create a free account had been replaced by a 7 day trial. When I checked the blog, the admin said that all existing free accounts would turn into 14 day trial versions and then get deleted unless the users paid for it.

I was right. Considering the numerous alternatives available, I don’t think many customers will be disappointed.