Emails are one of the oldest communication methods of this digital age and still is one of the most used services ever.
More than 85% of internet users have an email address. In April 2019 approx. 56.1% of the world population has an email address. That accounts for more than 3.7 billion people across the web have an email address.
According to zephoria marketing, Facebook has approx 1.56 billion users. Which is only 40% of total email users across the world. However, email services are still the same. We always receive junk, spam emails. I always get emails of someone trying to send me $1 billion dollars for free from Microsoft. I have even received many emails from my bank asking for my bank account password. Over the last 15 years of email address, my email was hacked 3 times. I am sure you can relate to my story.
Enlte, a blockchain based distributive system to launch a blockchain based email services on enlte blockchain. Enlte’s new email services set to solve the following problems which emails are facing since generation.
Enlte’s CEO, Anupam Sharma says ” Blockchain based emails are the basics and should be necessary to take our communication and privacy to the basic level. This can solve most of our email problems such as spam, spoofing, bulk emails, hack attacks, decentralization and transparency to the communication”.
Dan Larimer from Virginia Tech explains why emails should be on blockchain
Current email systems are no longer secure. Yahoo recently revealed that it had suffered the world’s biggest-ever hack, compromising more than one billion user accounts. Hackers stole Yahoo users’ crucial personal data. Most disturbingly, the stolen information could have included unencrypted or encrypted security questions and their respective answers.
Yahoo 1 billion user account hacked
Yahoo reported that the hack of one billion user accounts occurred in August 2013. However, Yahoo announced it only on December 14, 2016. Forensic experts are still investigating the mega data breach.
Email hacking in USA presidential elections
Let’s take another example of an email hack, for example, the recent hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Allegedly, this hacking adversely affected the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. Emails are the most powerful way of communication. And hence are very important.
Problems solved by enlte’s blockchain system
Secure Login – You can log in/ decrypt an email login in using an offline algorithm or you can create an account or create a signature to send the transaction. A private key can open, send or decrypt. This key will only be kept by the user, he and only he will be able to open the account.
Authenticity – A third common challenge with email today is authenticity. It’s trivially easy to set up an email account in someone else’s name, and it’s difficult for an email recipient to confirm that an email originated from where the sender claims it did. Timestamp and routing data in email headers could also be manipulated.
A blockchain-based email system could provide built-in message authenticity that would be virtually tamper-proof. Because the blockchain serves as an immutable record of transactions, it would become much easier to confirm exactly when and by whom an email was written or received. Short of hacking the blockchain itself, no one could modify blockchain-based email records
Email Reliability –Emails and the data attached to them can be lost in a number of ways. Users might accidentally delete them. They could be overwritten by storage servers that run out of space. Glitches on the infrastructure of email providers might lead to data loss (which has happened in the case of services like Gmail, albeit not in a way that led to permanent data loss).
Some of these risks would disappear if emails were stored on a distributed database. The failure of a central email server would not cause data loss, because there would be no central server on a blockchain-based email solution. Server storage capacity would be virtually unlimited, as long as the blockchain that was used to store data could grow as needed. It might even be possible to recover deleted messages via a method such as accessing an off-chain node that has preserved email data intact.
User Privacy – Instead, users pay in the form of personal data. Email providers collect personal information about users and use that data to serve ads to them. Sometimes data collection includes, but is not limited to, reading users’ emails. Most email providers promise that users’ messages are parsed only via automated tools, but this can still feel like a privacy intrusion for consumers.
Verification – Creating a verified account on the blockchain will be the same as creating a contract. Once created it will be on blockchain and now the address can be verified in your account. It will help authenticate the verified address of an organization.
Send Transactions : Blockchain will make it easy and effortless to send money over the email with the basic feature of a blockchain transaction. You will be able to send enlte over the emails.
As email systems require huge databases, this can be one of the challenges to tackle. However the CEO of Enlte, Anupam Sharma says “We have been using Cassandra in Enlte blockchain and we will use Cassandra in the email systems to support the distributive trust as well as to scale.”
Apache Cassandra is a free and open-source, distributed, wide column store, NoSQL database management system designed to handle large amounts of data across many commodity servers, providing high availability with no single point of failure. Facebook libra, the new cryptocurrency will also use Cassandra as a distributive database.
Enlte will release a technical paper on enlte new email system which is set to release by the end of next month.