The new service called MobilityEmail.net is meant to provide added protection against identity theft for people who use shared computers. Because no data leaves the memory stick, and no browser is used in accessing the email service provided by Everyone.net, no information related to the user is left on a computer.
The service uses the mobile email client developed by the Mobility Project, which makes the software available at no charge through its Web site. The new service, which requires an Everyone.net email account, costs $2.08 a month.
The service targets Internet users who go online at libraries, schools and friends' houses.
"Identity thieves use public computers to collect email passwords because it's a means to gain access to more sensitive accounts," Shane Coughlan, Mobility Project team leader, said in a statement. Mobility Email communicates securely with the MobilityEmail.net service so there's no password to capture, and it's completely self-contained on the USB memory stick carried with you."
Everyone.net, based in San Jose, Calif., provides hosted email services to businesses, service providers and individuals. The Mobility Project is sponsored and hosted by Opendawn.com, a communications consultancy based in the European Union.