Ik.me, the Swiss alternative to Google Drive and Gmail that cares about your privacy and ecology
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This Swiss company has been a key player on the Internet for more than 25 years, whether in streaming, the Cloud or hosting.
In 2021, Infomaniak is launching a new service that aims to compete with GAFAM: ik.me.
The objective is simple: to offer the same quality of service, but guaranteeing the privacy of users.
Ik.me is a suite of services and office software in the cloud. It is divided into two main areas: Infomaniak Mail which, as its name suggests, is an email service capable of storing 20 GB of email. All the other services, grouped under the name kDdrive, are then attached to this box. And there are many of them.
First of all, you will find the inevitable triptych word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool. These documents can either be created directly in the Infomaniak Cloud and then exported in all the usual formats... or conversely from your usual office suite (Microsoft Office, OnlyOffice or LibreOffice).
What's more, they can be easily modified in a collaborative way when you are working with several people via private (by email) or public (by a link) sharing with an advanced authorization system.
Last but not least, Ik.me also integrates kMmeet, an encrypted videoconferencing service.
Finally, kDrive works as an online storage service on which you can save anything you want. The basic offer is free and gives you the right to 3 GB, you can go up to 2 TB of storage for a few euros per month and even more depending on your needs.
Of course you can access it from a PC, Mac or Mobile via the iOS or Android applications. The latter will be updated very soon with a brand new experience. Between now and May, a safe function will be available to encrypt the files of your choice with your own encryption key in order to offer maximum security.
Although Infomaniak offers several services free of charge (swisstransfer.com, kmeet.infomaniak.com, ik.me), these are financed exclusively by its paid products (and not by advertising or the exploitation of user data).
In addition, all Infomaniak's servers are located in Switzerland to ensure data sovereignty.
The infrastructures are also independent, directly designed and managed by Infomaniak and not by a third party as can sometimes be the case.
This material independence can also be found in the software since it is developed entirely by Infomaniak, which protects it from large-scale attacks on Microsoft technologies for example. As if that wasn't enough, the code is also regularly audited.
User data is neither analyzed nor shared with third parties. All these free services are financed by the company's paid services. It does not seek to make them profitable through advertising for example.
They are considered to be showcases for Infomaniak, intended to offer everyone a free and secure solution. Finally, independence is also present at a financial level. The company is not listed on the stock exchange, it is owned by its founders and employees and therefore does not need to answer to institutional shareholders.
This control of the entire value chain also allows the company to choose its partners more freely in order to promote the local economy and to be environmentally friendly. The totality of the company's CO2 emissions is double compensated, and 100% of the energy used is certified as being of renewable origin.