The Bat! Is A Highly Secure Email Client But Too Complex

The Bat! Email

The Bat! email client from Ritlabs has been around for years – 1998 to be precise – and is widely accepted as one of the best secure packages available. I was a registered user back when V4 was roaming the land, but for whatever reason gave up and pursued other avenues. I felt it was time to revisit.

The Bat! interface has not changed one iota over the years, but extra buttons have been created as functionality has increased and, if I am honest, it is not the most user-friendly front end. In fact, configuring The Bat! is, how can I put this nicely, a complete bastard!

Getting two Gmail accounts up and running in other clients is very easy. With the Bat! you have to get the accounts authorised in an external browser and paste extra code into the setup page. Let’s be generous and say this is part of the client’s security system.

If I was being harsh I would hazard a guess and say the developers have made much of configuring the software as a difficult hazing trial so that once you have got over that hurdle the rest falls into place.

One important fail was that The Bat! did not work with the Protonmail Bridge so no Protonmail accounts could be set up. This puts it behind the likes of Postbox and Thunderbird in my book.

The Bat! uses a secure end-to-end encryption system, and this software has the most secure encryption system to protect all your email communications. This means that nobody can listen to your communications or see what emails that you are sending and receiving.

The messages that you send back and forth can only be seen by you and the receiver which means that only both ends of the communication line can view the messages.

The software boasts a smart sorting office which is a powerful filtering system that not only organises your incoming, outgoing, read, and replied messages by folders, but also can auto-respond; reply with a custom template; forward, redirect, print, or export messages; send read confirmations; run an external program and more.

Once you spend a few minutes setting up sorting rules, you can forget about drag-and-dropping messages from folder to folder.

A full list of features can be found here https://www.ritlabs.com/en/products/thebat/features.php

In summary, The Bat! is a highly secure end to end encrypted email service that is highly configurable but probably suited to those who have the time and patience to set it up and engage with its wide range of features.

The Bat! comes with a 30 day trial period, so it is probably a good idea to spread your usage across this timeline before deciding to commit to purchasing.