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Using Zoom? Here are the privacy issues you need to be aware of

March 20th, 2020 in Privacy

Zoom has seen a flood of new users as the COVID-19 outbreak forces more and more employees to transition to working from home. Zoom’s big selling point is its near-frictionless video calls. However, new users should be aware of the company’s privacy practices. By looking through its privacy policy and some of its support documents, …

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Political campaigns and your personal data

March 13th, 2020 in Privacy

During this American presidential election campaign season, politicians have scored points calling out tech companies for abusing the personal data of their users. Yet many political campaigns are engaged in very similar practices.  Political campaigns are now sophisticated data operations that collect mass amounts of personal information from their supporters and potential voters. Their methodology …

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Introducing alternative routing to prevent censorship of Proton apps

March 12th, 2020 in Releases

We’re announcing today a new anti-censorship system that can help users access our website if their government, ISP, or network administrator has blocked Proton services. The alternative routing feature is not yet deployed as of writing, but in the coming weeks, we plan to release it across all of our mobile and desktop applications. With …

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ProtonMail’s responsible vulnerability disclosure policy

March 5th, 2020 in Security

Our mission at ProtonMail is to make online safety accessible to everyone. Millions of people depend on our products to secure their communications and keep their information private. In order to make this high level of security accessible to all Internet users, we must work to integrate ProtonMail seamlessly with third-party products, from web browsers …

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Introducing DKIM key management, a new feature to protect against domain name impersonation

February 27th, 2020 in Releases

It is now harder for hackers and spammers to impersonate ProtonMail users that have custom domain email addresses. We have introduced the DKIM key management in beta, which allows you to manually rotate your DKIM keys. This is part of our continuing effort to make it more difficult for attackers to impersonate our users’ custom …

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Privacy isn’t free. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

February 25th, 2020 in Privacy

Every once in a while, we are asked the question, why should I pay for ProtonMail when I can use Gmail for free? Or why should I pay for ProtonMail when there are cheaper email services available? This is actually a good question worthy of a deeper discussion.  Google isn’t actually free First, it’s important …

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How to keep your devices safe from cryptojacking

February 19th, 2020 in Security

Cryptojacking made headlines back in 2017 when hackers hit a series of high profile websites (including several operated by the UK and Australian governments). Whenever somebody visited an infected site, the hackers were able to hijack the visitor’s computer and use its processing power to mine cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, while the media covered the attacks at …

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What the latest email spying scandal means for user privacy

February 14th, 2020 in Articles & News

On Monday, Vice’s Motherboard broke yet another story revealing the extent to which companies are monetizing their users. Reporter Joseph Cox’s investigation revealed how Edison, an email productivity app, is scraping users’ personal inboxes for purchase receipts and shipment tracking updates. Using this data, the company can create “detailed behavior patterns” for its users, selling …

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The privacy risks of the Internet of Things

February 11th, 2020 in Privacy

The Internet of Things has come a long way since the turn of the century when it was a buzzword used by futurists and entrepreneurs. Although not yet as ubiquitous as some predicted a decade ago, Internet-connected devices have crept into many aspects of our daily lives. Now, with everything from vacuum cleaners to climate …

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Russia’s ProtonMail block – New revelations and information

January 31st, 2020 in Articles & News

You can read this blog post in Russian below. Этот пост доступен на русском языке ниже. On Jan. 29, the Russian government announced via an official website that effective immediately, ProtonMail would be blocked in Russia. (ProtonVPN, however, is not blocked.) Since then, we have taken action to address the situation, and today ProtonMail is …

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The pros and cons of biometric authentication

January 27th, 2020 in Security

Biometric authentication is a growing part of the tech landscape — it’s in our schools, offices, airports, government buildings, and more recently, in our smartphones. Apple’s introduction of Touch ID in 2013 has paved the way for fingerprint-, face-, and iris-recognition technology to leave the almost exclusive domain of law enforcement and emerge into the …

Together with the community, we’ve given away more than €100,000 for important causes

December 31st, 2019 in Articles & News

We’re happy to announce that the 2019 Lifetime account auction has raised over €30,000. Proton will match these contributions for a total donation of over €60,000 to three organizations working to build a more equitable, free, and sustainable world: NetBlocks, 350.org, and the Web Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online project. This is the second year of …

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