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Gmail’s privacy problem and why it matters

July 5th, 2018 in Articles & News

Gmail faced a storm of criticism this week over its practice of sharing users’ emails with third-party developers. But Gmail’s failures run much deeper than that: The entire business model is incompatible with a free society. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article highlighting privacy concerns related to Gmail’s use of third-party apps. When users …

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The real problem with encryption backdoors

June 22nd, 2018 in Encryption

With appeals to “national security,” governments around the world are pushing for encryption backdoors that would allow them to break into the secure data of suspected criminals. Simply put, this is a terrible idea.   For decades, law enforcement agencies have lobbied to force technology companies to weaken their own security protocols by adding an …

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What is zero-access encryption and why it is important for security

May 23rd, 2018 in Security

Some of your most sensitive data sit on the cloud, on the servers of Internet service providers. Zero-access encryption gives you control over your data online. Most of us would not give our private, personal information to strangers and then trust them not to leak it. But that’s essentially what we do every time we …

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Concerned about SESTA-FOSTA? Learn how ProtonMail protects your privacy

April 18th, 2018 in Articles & News

Donald Trump signed SESTA-FOSTA into law, a policy ostensibly meant to prevent sexual trafficking. In reality, the law undermines free expression online and may even jeopardize the safety of sex workers.   On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed into law a controversial bill known as SESTA-FOSTA (short for Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and …

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Our Tor encrypted email site has a new SSL certificate

March 27th, 2018 in Security

As part of our commitment to security, we maintain a Tor onion site for ProtonMail which can provide extra privacy and accessibility in countries where ProtonMail is blocked. ProtonMail is one of the only email providers that offers email access over Tor. We launched the ProtonMail onion site last year as an extra way to …

5 Essential Steps to Keep Your Email Safe

March 1st, 2018 in Security

Your email account is a gold mine for hackers. And yet many people still aren’t taking basic precautions to secure their accounts. Here are five essential steps for safe email. Hacks are surprisingly commonplace. In 2014, for instance, nearly half of all American adults had some form of data stolen from corporate servers in a …

Online Security Guide for Journalists

February 9th, 2018 in Security

Whether you cover the CIA or city hall, journalism is as much about keeping secrets as exposing them. We created this online security guide to help democracy’s defenders defend themselves too. Part of our mission at ProtonMail has always been to give journalists, dissidents, and others the tools and knowledge they need to do their …

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