Helm, the private email server from your home

Madison Brown


As technology and the web become more advanced, the main concern we all have is privacy. We use the internet for everything now, and we have access to it across a ton of devices: our phones, computer, televisions, game consoles, and even the security systems for our homes. On those devices we have pictures, videos, login information and passwords for the most personal and crucial accounts for things like banking and health. Nearly every service we sign up for, whether it’s for entertainment or business, requires us to do so using our email address and some of those services allow third parties to access that information.


Even though a website has that little padlock symbol in the address bar and a company tells us that our passwords are encrypted, is our data really safe? Big companies like Facebook and Google have both admitted to privacy breaches this year, and many people closing down their accounts.

Helm is looking to put users’ minds at ease.

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Helm is a personal email server that you can have with you at all times. It’s small enough to be portable but only you and the people you trust have access to it.

In a letter from the founders, they detail exactly why Helm was created:

“We the people have a right to live on our own terms. To know where our data is stored and to have control over it at all times. To protect our families from unwanted intrusion. To be secure on our phones and computers wherever we are….to keep all our information under one roof, where it’s safest – with us.”

Once you start your Helm subscription, you’re able to register for your own domain and then everything you’d like to add is up to you and totally private:

  • Email, calendar and contacts
  • Custom domain registration with DNS records management
  • Unlimited email accounts and aliases
  • Feature and security updates

Helm is constantly updating its services and soon you can have file sharing and sync, password management, and family chat and messaging.

If you’re ready to jump in, a one time fee for the hardware itself will run you $499 and a yearly subscription is $99, but Helm will waive the first year’s subscription fee. Knowing that you’re the only person who will see everything in your Helm device could really be worth the cost.

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