We oppose facial recognition surveillance

Why we oppose unregulated facial recognition surveillance

September 12th, 2019 in Articles & News

We created ProtonMail in 2014 because we were concerned about mass surveillance. At the time, governments were spying on our emails, text messages, and phone calls. Now there’s a new surveillance threat, but this time the information at risk isn’t our communications — it’s our bodies. Today, we’re joining other privacy advocates and businesses to …

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How to avoid becoming the next victim of a data breach

August 20th, 2019 in Security

The Internet is full of information about what companies should do to keep consumers’ personal data safe from hackers. And there’s plenty of advice for consumers who have already been the victim of a data breach. (You can read our article on the ProtonVPN blog about what to do if you were the victim of …

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What is PGP encryption and how does it work?

August 8th, 2019 in Security

When you send an encrypted email with ProtonMail, your message is automatically protected with PGP encryption. What is PGP? This article explains the tech behind our security promise. PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy, but the name is an ironic understatement. In fact, PGP is the most widely used email encryption system in the world. …

Don’t be fooled by Google’s fake privacy

July 2nd, 2019 in Privacy

Google recently generated a flurry of coverage about its supposed privacy pivot, including an op-ed in The New York Times by chief executive Sundar Pichai. “We feel privileged that billions of people trust products like Search, Chrome, Maps, and Android to help them every day,” Pichai wrote. It’s not that we necessarily trust Google. It’s …

Gmail confidential mode is not secure or private

June 20th, 2019 in Privacy

Without end-to-end encryption, Gmail confidential mode is little more than a marketing strategy. Learn why privacy experts call Google’s privacy features “misleading.” When we launched ProtonMail nearly five years ago, we pioneered a new kind of email service: one that gives you control of your own data. All emails are end-to-end encrypted and zero-access encrypted, …

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ProtonMail v3.16 Release Notes

June 6th, 2019 in Releases

The latest version of the ProtonMail webapp includes three new features for improved security and convenience. ProtonMail version 3.16 now offers elliptic curve cryptography, an optional link confirmation warning to guard against phishing attacks, and an “undo move” feature for those moments you accidentally send an email to the trash or the wrong folder. Elliptic …

Think you have nothing to hide? Filmmaker Marc Meillassoux says think again.

May 29th, 2019 in Articles & News

ProtonMail is supporting the crowdfunding campaign for Disappear – Cover your online tracks, a new documentary project by the makers of Nothing to Hide. At ProtonMail, one pillar of our mission is to educate the public about why online privacy is so important to democracy and human freedom. The creators of the new documentary, Disappear …

Introducing GopenPGP, an open source encryption library for native applications

May 15th, 2019 in Articles & News

Open source is a core principle of ProtonMail. We’re excited to make even more of our code available for independent inspection and use by the developer community. In 2016, ProtonMail became the maintainer of OpenPGP.js, the world’s most widely used Javascript email encryption library. Since then we have updated the library with new features, such …

ProtonMail is dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

May 7th, 2019 in Articles & News

If you still use Internet Explorer, you will need to switch to a more secure, modern web browser to access ProtonMail. When ProtonMail 4.0 is released later this year, we will no longer support Internet Explorer (IE), including the newest version, IE 11. Anyone trying to access ProtonMail from IE after the update will be …

Using ProtonMail for Journalism

May 3rd, 2019 in Articles & News

ProtonMail is a free, encrypted email service that protects your messages from hackers, government surveillance, and data breaches. Not even ProtonMail can access your emails. To download a copy of this post as a PDF, click here. “Unencrypted journalist-source communication is unforgivably reckless.”— Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower “I’m afraid for the safety of those I …

Don’t be a phishing statistic: How to protect your business

May 2nd, 2019 in Security

Phishing statistics show that malicious emails are the most common threat to an organization’s security. The consequences can be extremely harmful to your business. Given the alarming statistics on phishing attacks, it’s clear that email security should be a top priority for your organization. ProtonMail makes it easier for teams to identify and report phishing …

ProtonMail now offers elliptic curve cryptography for advanced security and faster speeds

April 25th, 2019 in Encryption

Elliptic curve cryptography is the most advanced cryptographic system available. Now ProtonMail is making this technology available to all users. For several months, we have been working to implement support for new cryptographic methods in ProtonMail that give users a faster experience with equal or better security. Today, we’re excited to announce that elliptic curve …

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