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Old 20 Dec 2017, 09:16 PM   #1
Just Bill
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So I noticed Lavabit is back in business

Is Lavabit still located in the U.S.? Seems to me that ProtonMail would be the way to go at this point.
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Old 25 Dec 2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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Ladar did bring back Lavabit. From what I gather, he felt that the current political climate would be less inclined to drag him through the mud again. The service is not even partially what it was before. Support Ladar, he's cool people, but yes ProtonMail is more today what Lavabit was before what I can only describe as sexual assault by government.
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Old 3 Jan 2018, 10:17 AM   #3
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What's the "Redeem a promo code" to sign up?
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Old 12 Jan 2018, 09:43 AM   #4
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And didn't Lavabit use to be free?
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Old 7 Nov 2018, 10:52 AM   #5
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Anything new with this?

Anyone back using Lavabit?

And what's with the promotion code?
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Old 7 Nov 2018, 08:13 PM   #6
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1) Lavabit no longer has a free level.

2) Don't know anything about the promo code or how much it saves someone using it (whatever it is or however one obtains it).

3) Given the history, why would anyone want to use Lavabit now, except perhaps as a symbolic statement of some kind? One might as well hang a sign around one's electronic neck saying in red letters "Surveillance subject reporting for duty." Is electronic "virtue signaling" really worth the risk and the anxiety? And who would be impressed? Who's the intended recipient? "Hey look at me! I use the reconstituted Lavabit!" is not exactly a fetching pick-up line, even in a left-wing Internet café.

4) As has been cogently pointed out on these forums by (among others) Rick Romero, Lavabit was never all that good a provider before the Great Event, and Ladar's behavior was not what it was cracked up to be. He was no martyr to privacy.

5) Better to leave well enough alone rather than bend over for the privilege of needlessly attracting the interest of three-letter snoops and paying for the privilege into the bargain.
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