Douglas Crawford


Privacy Decrypted #4: Understanding anonymity vs. privacy

October 22nd, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

Anonymity is not the same thing as privacy, and confusing these related but different concepts can weaken your online threat model.  Anonymity – Keeping your identity private, but not your actions. For example, using a pseudonym to post messages to a social media platform. Privacy – Keeping some things to yourself, which can include your …

Privacy Decrypted #1: What is a threat model?

September 30th, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

In its broadest sense, threat modeling is the systematic analysis of potential risks and attack vectors, with the aim of developing effective defenses against identified threats. On a personal level, we engage in threat modeling all the time – simply assessing the risk factors involved whenever we cross a road is a good example of …

Guide for HIPAA compliant email for therapists

April 9th, 2021 in Articles & News

As with all healthcare professionals in the United States, therapists need to be HIPAA compliant. They must follow the complex set of interlocking rules that make up the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The purpose of these rules is to secure patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI), as defined in the HIPAA Security Rule, …

Complete guide to selecting a HIPAA compliant email service

March 24th, 2021 in Privacy

This article is part of a series discussing various aspects of HIPAA compliance. ProtonMail is the world’s largest secure email provider, used by millions to protect their messages. We provide HIPAA compliant email to thousands of organizations, and we created this guide to explain how to select the best HIPAA compliant email provider for your …

What is HIPAA compliance? A healthcare privacy guide for organizations

February 18th, 2021 in Privacy

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) defines how healthcare services and their business associates in the United States handle sensitive data about their clients.  Regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), it is a collection of closely aligned regulations aimed at ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of personal medical data. …

Best WhatsApp alternatives that respect your privacy

February 15th, 2021 in Articles & News

News that WhatsApp has been sharing large amounts of highly personal data with Facebook since 2016 has led a large number of unhappy users to look for an alternative messaging app that genuinely respects their privacy. At Proton, we view end-to-end encryption as a core requirement for any messenger app that claims to be secure …

What is a HIPAA violation?

January 25th, 2021 in Articles & News

As a secure email service that provides end-to-end encrypted communications technology, we receive many inquiries from organizations that are required to comply with the United States’ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To help answer some of the key issues related to HIPAA compliance, we’ve launched a new series dealing with various aspects of …

Get more done with keyboard shortcuts in ProtonMail

January 22nd, 2021 in Releases

At ProtonMail, our core mission is to build an encrypted internet that is more safe and private for everyone. As part of this mission, we know how important it is to develop the tools you need to be efficient and productive. We are therefore very pleased to introduce keyboard shortcuts in the V4 web app …

HIPAA compliance checklist guide for 2021

January 20th, 2021 in Privacy

As discussed in our article on HIPAA Compliance, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a collection of closely aligned regulations that protect the medical data of patients in the United States. In that article, we also discuss who must be HIPAA compliant — covered entities and business associates — which basically means …

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Best Gmail alternative for privacy and security

January 13th, 2021 in Privacy

ProtonMail was created to help build a more free and open internet that puts people first. This makes it a great Gmail alternative for those who value privacy and security. Founded by scientists who met at CERN, ProtonMail protects all messages with end-to-end encryption and zero-access encryption to ensure nobody can access your emails’ contents.  …

ProtonMail now offers Undo Send, letting you cancel outgoing emails

December 16th, 2020 in Releases

Have you ever fired off an ill-considered email and then thought oops! the moment you hit Send? Or have you sent off an email intended to impress the recipient, realizing with horror, seconds too late, that you have misspelled their name? And the “Reply all” button has been a recipe for far too many disasters.  …

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Set ProtonMail as the default email client in iOS

November 25th, 2020 in Releases

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you can now set ProtonMail as your default email app in the latest version of iOS. This is a welcome decision from Apple to allow users to choose their preferred email service, and means that “mailto” links can now open in ProtonMail instead of Apple’s Mail app.  Although …

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