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About Privacy and Security in Shift
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Curious or worried about how secure Shift is? Or wondering why Shift requires access? Well, worry no more! This article explains it all. 

Here at Shift, we take privacy and security very seriously. Right off the bat, we want you to know that none of what is contained within the emails and apps you add to Shift is ever shared with Shift's servers, Shift employees, or Shift's data partners. Ever. Period! To help explain, continue reading below!🔒


Why does Shift require access?

In short: API Access. Clicking Allow is granting the Shift desktop application, which is completely local to your computer, access to certain APIs for the emails you've added. API access is required because of certain features Shift has, such as Unified Search, Mute Notifications, the Referral Program, etc.


Granting access does not in any way mean your emails, contacts, or drive contents are shared with Shift's servers, Shift employees, or Shift's data partners. No one on our team has access to this kind of information (that just doesn't make sense)!


This login process is not required for your added apps because Shift does not integrate API access to any web apps yet.


This is, of course, covered in extensive detail directly in our Privacy Policy (a legal document reviewed by our legal team, by the way)! We've also created a few additional resources to make it easier to understand:



How secure is Shift?

Very! Shift integrates email, app, and extension login security. This means when you log into your emails, apps, and extensions in Shift, you are using those email, app, and extension security mechanisms to authenticate.


The email authorization (pictured above) authorizes Shift (locally) to access your emails and download them to your local computer. An identity token is stored against your Shift account in the cloud, but the token required to access your emails is always local. Shift can handle your email privately and locally without any risk that anyone other than you can gain access to your information, data, or emails. 


For more information about security in Shift, check out this article.


What's next?

More questions? Still, feeling a little unsure? Get in touch with our support team to help ease your mind!


Learn more about privacy and security in Shift here.

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