Topmail was founded in 2006 by Emmet O’Rafferty. Emmet has been providing protection against internet-based crimes such as hacking, viruses, phishing, fraud and scams since 2002 when he entered the digital assets security business. Emmet has over 35 years experience across the entire security industry. Based on his understanding of both the physical and virtual environments he made the following observation:
Would you tolerate your letters being opened by a total stranger? Highly Unlikely!
Discussing this with family, friends and colleagues he realized that most people were vaguely aware of the risks but felt helpless to address them. He found it remarkable that email users casually accepted the routine interception and reading of their personal email communications.
"World's Only Secure Email Service provided by a Security Company"
Emmet launched Topmail in 2006 as a service designed to protect the privacy of ordinary email users. On the basis that, just as in the real world, all security problems start and finish with people, he developed a product that was years ahead of its time.
Emmet’s vision for Topmail was a secure email service, one that valued privacy and that would be available and affordable to everyone around the world.
Now, ten years after Topmail was established, in light of Snowden and the US elections in particular, the issue of email privacy has never been more important. Globally, email has become the obvious target for hacking. It is the number one means of mass surveillance and spying. Service providers who have multiple interests are not best positioned to address these threats as very often their broader business interests conflict with the idea of protecting a person’s or a company’s data.
Emmet also wanted people to understand that their email providers were making billions of dollars a year from scanning their users’ email content and selling personal information about them to third parties.
Today, Topmail is providing email services to people in over 20 countries around the world including Ireland, the UK, Canada, the US, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Topmail’s sole purpose is to provide a private, secure and clutter free email environment adhering to the simple philosophy: you and you alone are in control of your email.