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Sir Tim Berners-Lee joins Proton’s advisory board

September 8th, 2021 in Articles & News

We are proud and humbled to announce that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a fellow former scientist from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the inventor of the World Wide Web, will be joining Proton’s advisory board. Our vision is to build an internet where privacy is the default by creating an ecosystem of services …

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Important clarifications regarding arrest of climate activist

September 6th, 2021 in Articles & News

We would like to provide important clarifications regarding the case of the climate activist who was recently arrested by French police on criminal charges. We are also deeply concerned about this case and deplore that the legal tools for serious crimes are being used in this way. In the interest of transparency, we would like …

How an encrypted email app automatically secures your everyday personal data

September 3rd, 2021 in Encryption

Email is full of private, personal, and everyday data. Letters to friends and colleagues, shopping receipts, calendar events, flight confirmations: email is a continuous stream of data. From days to decades, that everyday data adds up and tells a story. Most people think of their inbox as private, but it’s important to ask how this …

Why open-source encryption is better for your privacy

August 20th, 2021 in Encryption

From the creation of the Android mobile operating system to powering the first interplanetary helicopter, open-source projects have been critical to the development of new technologies. In a recent survey of enterprise developers, 85% already use open-source code in their organizations, and over 90% will continue adopting open-source projects and technologies.  As open-source projects continue …

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Why you should care about Zoom’s $85m privacy lawsuit

August 12th, 2021 in Articles & News

Zoom has agreed to pay an $85 million settlement after falsely claiming calls were protected with end-to-end encryption and for handing over people’s data to Facebook and Google without their consent. This is the latest development in a list of privacy and security issues faced by the video platform that we first wrote about back …

Three open-source password managers that respect your privacy

August 5th, 2021 in Privacy

Passwords are designed to protect one thing: your online security. Weak passwords pose a serious threat to your online security — once a hacker gains access to your online accounts, they can impersonate you online, steal your financial data, or sell your private information to hostile third parties.  Strong passwords are the first line of …

“We are responsible for creating a culture in which we can remain private.” — Carissa Véliz on data privacy

July 28th, 2021 in Articles & News

The widespread collection and monetization of citizens’ data used to fund companies like Google and Facebook is often referred to as the “data economy”. The vast amount of information that these companies hold has since been used to predict and influence people’s behavior on a huge scale. Calling for the end of the data economy …

This is the moment of truth for privacy and tech regulation in the US

July 22nd, 2021 in Articles & News

After being left behind when it comes to tackling Big Tech by the EU and its own states, the US government is finally taking action. Maybe.  In June, members of the US House of Representatives introduced six major bills to regulate Big Tech that, if passed, could create a more competitive internet and give people …

It is time to ban surveillance-based advertising

July 7th, 2021 in Articles & News

Recently, the Norwegian Consumer Council published a report calling for a ban on surveillance-based ads. In solidarity, Proton joined the other undersigned organizations in sending the following letter on Wednesday, July 7th, to EU and US regulators. We encourage them to take action against surveillance-based advertising during legislative sessions and any relevant privacy discussions. Surveillance-based …

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The new ProtonMail has passed its independent security audit

July 5th, 2021 in Security

At ProtonMail, we believe everyone should be in control of their personal data. A critical component of controlling your data is having the ability to make informed decisions about who you entrust with your data and how it is secured. Most companies rely on security through obscurity and do not share their code, making it …

What is the best encryption for emails?

July 2nd, 2021 in Encryption

Email is a great way to stay connected with the people and organizations you care about, but it is also a technology prone to data breaches and cyberattacks. In 2017, the email provider Yahoo revealed that over three billion user accounts were compromised in major breaches between 2013 and 2016.  As unencrypted emails pose a …

What is the best free email account?

June 18th, 2021 in Privacy

Since email was invented, it has become a crucial form of communication in our private and professional lives. Even with the growing popularity of other communication platforms, such as instant messaging and video conferencing, email continues to hold the keys to our digital identities. Over 300 billion emails were sent and received per day in …

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