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Ars: Startup Helm is taking on Gmail

Discussion in 'General Network Security' started by Dan Goodin, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Dan Goodin

    Dan Goodin Guest

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    Dan Goodin over on ArsTechnica reports that a Seattle-based startup called Helm is launching a service designed to make it easy for people to securely take control of their email and other personal data. The company provides a small custom-built server that connects to a user's home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars. Helm plans to offer photo storage and other services later.

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  2. Threska49

    Threska49 Regular Contributor

    Aug 6, 2015
    And of course other forums are poking holes in the whole "well-meaning" idea.
  3. TheLostSwede

    TheLostSwede Regular Contributor

    Dec 5, 2014
    Looks like they're using a Marvell Armada 7040 SoC.
    My issue is that they want $499 for the device itself, then $99 a year after the first year. That's a bit steep from an unproven solution from an unproven company.
    They also seem to have forgotten to let people know about what kind of internet connection is required for this to work well. If everything is going over an encrypted VPN, you're going to need a decent speed connection for it to work well.
    On top of that, many ISP's doesn't allow for self hosted servers on their residential services, which might be an issue.
  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Super Moderator

    Apr 14, 2012
  5. Travler

    Travler New Around Here

    Jun 26, 2017
    Since my NAS does all this (and more) already, seems like their hoping their mobile app is awesome, and people are willing to pay for ease of use and style. Apple-esque approach. It might work, but does seem steep.