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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 figure out what you’re interested in buying and …

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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, it has not been possible for users on most Russian networks to …

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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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Mark the date! The ProtonCalendar beta is here

December 30th, 2019 in Articles & News

A calendar is more than just a tool. It’s a record of the moments that make up your life — your big meetings, your gatherings with friends, and children’s birthdays. For the longest time, to easily organize these events, you had to let large corporations monitor these special moments. These companies snoop on your calendar …

We’re auctioning Lifetime Accounts to support a free and fair Internet and a more sustainable future

December 19th, 2019 in Articles & News

Last week we asked you for suggestions about which organizations you think we should help with our Lifetime Auction and you responded with hundreds of worthy causes and institutes. All of your recommendations aligned with the Proton philosophy of creating a more secure and private Internet and defending human rights. However, as we went through …

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How to stay private when using Android

December 13th, 2019 in Privacy

The smartphone is one of the most invasive devices ever invented. It’s easy to forget that, of course, because we are so familiar with them, and they are so useful. But while you might value your smartphone for the convenience it gives you, tech companies value it for an entirely different reason: it is collecting …

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Most secure browser for your privacy in 2020

December 9th, 2019 in Privacy

Your web browser is the vehicle that carries you around the Internet to your desired websites. As such, it knows precisely what sites you have visited, how long you spent browsing them, and what you clicked on (or almost clicked on). Anyone who has access to your web browser can have a window into your …

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The Lifetime Account auction is back! Help us decide who to support

December 6th, 2019 in Articles & News

After the success of last year’s auction, we are selling three more Proton Lifetime Accounts this year to benefit organizations worthy of our community’s support. The auctions will take place on eBay and will start next week at 8 PM Central European Time on Dec. 19 and run until Dec. 29. If you’re interested in …

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The ProtonCalendar security model

December 5th, 2019 in Security

This article documents ProtonCalendar’s security model and illustrates how our product protects calendar-related sensitive data. We examine the advantages and limitations of our approach. This document is somewhat technical, discussing how encryption protects the different layers of data. Still, it is meant to be accessible to a general audience and attempts to explain how ProtonCalendar …

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Everything wrong with the EU’s proposals for gathering electronic evidence

November 29th, 2019 in Articles & News

The European Commission recently submitted proposals for new rules governing how e-evidence is gathered by law enforcement agencies. E-evidence would include things like emails, messages, and other data related to a possible crime or investigation. It is certainly important that law enforcement can gather evidence and conduct thorough criminal investigations. However, just as there are …

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