Today we released Mimestream 1.1, and we’re thrilled to announce that Mimestream has been approved by Google for use with the Advanced Protection Program. Support for this program has been a top request from security-conscious and enterprise users.
While we don’t recommend it for most users, if you’re very concerned about targeted and sophisticated phishing attacks, the program requires hardware security keys and introduces other measures to provide the highest level of protection to your Google account.
Getting started with FIDO security keys
To get started, you will need to purchase at least two FIDO hardware security keys – one as a primary, and one as a backup to be kept in a safe location. It’s essential to not lose your keys, which is why this program isn’t recommended for most users. We personally use the Security Key C NFC by Yubico (also on Amazon) and are quite happy with them. At the time of this writing, Google’s Titan Security Keys were out of stock.
Once you’ve enrolled in Advanced Protection, you’ll be logged out of all devices, apps, and services. You’ll have to re-authenticate each app, using your security key as a second factor to your password. On your iPhone, you can use the NFC functionality of the key, and on your Mac, you can plug it into a USB-C port.
Please note – some apps and services you’re already using may not be approved for use with Advanced Protection. As always, Mimestream is committed to your privacy and stores your data on your device, without using an intermediary sync server, allowing it to meet the program’s requirements.
Special thanks to the folks at Google who helped make this approval happen!
Other Improvements for Mimestream 1.1
Since our 1.0 release, we’ve had an influx of new users and have focused on making a variety of quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes:
- Larger Text Sizes in settings make the app more accessible to more users.
- Support for Optional Invitees in the calendar invitation banner.
- Better handling of quoted text from Outlook for macOS and Yahoo! Mail.
- Normalized subject prefixes to prevent prefix stacking and unintended thread splits.
- Improved “Remove Formatting” functionality to clean up pasted text.
- Redesigned Profile unread counts with less-distracting categorized inbox counts.
- Automatic license lookup makes it easier to activate the app.
- Numerous bug fixes that improve functionality and stability.
Our portal for license management has also received a few improvements:
- Apple Pay is now supported for subscribing to Mimestream.
- Seat-Free Admins allow you to administer a group without taking up a seat.
- Grace Periods for past-due subscriptions, giving you time to fix payment issues.
We’re currently working on a mix of short-term improvements and long-term projects, and look forward to announcing more improvements in the future.