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Proton news and updates

March 26th, 2021 in Articles & News

Over the past year, a lot has happened that we have not always been able to share on our blog due to all the work going on. Recently, we have been focused on building a completely new version of ProtonMail for web and mobile (which you can preview at beta.protonmail.com). We’re also working on launching …

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The Microsoft Exchange hack might be one of the worst breaches of all time – We need a new approach to email security

March 16th, 2021 in Articles & News

Over the past two weeks, Microsoft clients using its Exchange servers, which includes tens of thousands of government agencies and private corporations around the world, have fallen victim to a series of hacks that have compromised their data. The breach started with a group of state-sponsored hackers attributed to China known as Hafnium, but more …

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Update about the service interruption on Feb. 1, 2021

February 7th, 2021 in Articles & News

Proton’s servers experienced an outage on Monday that interrupted service for users for about one hour. In line with our policy of full transparency and disclosure, we are publishing the results of our internal investigation into the incident. The outage began around 7:30 AM CET and impacted all Proton services for approximately one hour. No …

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EU citizens’ rights are under threat from anti-encryption proposals

January 28th, 2021 in Articles & News

In December 2020, The Council of the European Union released a five-page resolution that called for the EU to pass new rules to govern the use of end-to-end encryption in Europe. We strongly oppose this resolution because it foreshadows an attack on encryption. We were not the only European-based end-to-end encrypted service that was alarmed …

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How Big Tech monetizes the whole internet, not just their own platforms

October 29th, 2020 in Articles & News

The saying goes that if you aren’t paying for a product, you are the product. As a Facebook, Google, or Twitter user, it’s easy to think of yourself as the customer. But there’s a reason why you get access to these attractive and user-friendly services for free.  These companies make money by spying on you, …

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Proton is secure against batch GCD attacks

October 23rd, 2020 in Security

This summer, we conducted a security audit to determine whether Proton is susceptible to an attack against public key cryptography, known as a batch GCD attack. As a result of our analysis, we can confirm that none of our users is vulnerable to this attack. The attack exploits faulty sources of randomness when it comes …

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ProtonMail launches Import Assistant for quick email migration

October 22nd, 2020 in Articles & News

We’re happy to announce that you can now use Import Assistant in beta to safely transfer your messages and folders to ProtonMail’s end-to-end encrypted email service.  Import Assistant is initially accessible to all ProtonMail users with paid plans directly from the web app and it requires no installation or download. In the future, it will …

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Centralized vs peer-to-peer (P2P) file storage

October 8th, 2020 in Security

In 2017, hackers stole the private financial records of some 156 million people from servers belonging to Equifax, while the 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how personal data belonging to up to 87 million Facebook users was harvested without their consent. A litany of high-profile data breaches has led to a growth of interest in …

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The US congressional antitrust report is a win for privacy

October 7th, 2020 in Articles & News

Late Tuesday night, a US congressional subcommittee investigating the major tech companies for anti-competitive practices released its much-anticipated report. The document, over 400 pages long, describes an internet that is highly centralized around gigantic platforms that abuse their monopoly power to the detriment of internet users. This report by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, …

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Statement regarding BGP hijacking on September 29

October 1st, 2020 in Articles & News

At Proton, we strive to plan for all contingencies that might affect our service. Our efforts paid off on Tuesday, September 29 (around 4 AM Wednesday morning, Australia time), allowing us to turn a very serious incident into a minor inconvenience for some of our users. As far as we currently understand the situation, this …

Proton 4.0 is now in beta

Proton V4 web beta brings persistent single sign-on in huge step toward full integration

September 30th, 2020 in Releases

Today, we are marking a major milestone in our mission to expand privacy online with the launch of a new beta version of ProtonMail for web that includes crucial new features like Single Sign-On and persistent sessions (“remember me”).  Today’s updates create the foundation of a fully integrated, private, and encrypted ecosystem covering all basic …

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How to secure data on your external hard drives and USB peripherals

September 8th, 2020 in Security

USB peripherals (commonly known as “flash drives”), memory cards, and external hard drives all make backing up and sharing your data simple. And they are becoming more critical as modern-day schooling, work, and life are increasingly awash in data. But what happens if you lose or misplace one of these devices? In many cases, the …

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