ShazzleMail is a free web service which allows you to send private emails via a direct connection between the sender and receiver. Your messages are never stored in the cloud, where they can be accessed and mined by the company: no-one else sees them at all.

To get started you must download the iOS or Android app and set up a new ShazzleMail account ([email protected]). This is quick and easy, and works much like creating any other web account: provide your name, another email address and you're done.

Communications between ShazzleMail users are very straightforward. You create a message on your mobile device, Mac or PC, perhaps attach a file, and send it to a address. As long as your friend is online, the two clients establish a direct connection, and your message is transferred.

Most of the people you know won't have addresses, of course, but that's not a problem. Send a message from ShazzleMail to a regular email account, and the receiver will get a message with a "click to view" link. Clicking this establishes an encrypted connection between them and your iOS or Android device, so effectively they're downloading it directly from you.

Similarly, someone without a account can send messages to your address.

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With no mail server to store messages, ShazzleMail can only help communicate with someone when their device is on and connected to the internet.

Otherwise the program works well enough, though, and it's a simple way to send private emails and share files of unlimited size.