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Kazakhstan’s aggressive mass surveillance technique explained

August 1st, 2019 in Encryption

Aug. 7, 2019 update: The government has reversed its surveillance strategy, claiming the whole program was a “test” that is now complete, according to Reuters. If you installed a government root certificate on your device, you may now uninstall it without consequence. We have provided instructions in this article below for how to do so …

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

April 25th, 2019 in Encryption

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 cryptography is now available in all our applications for web, mobile, and desktop (Bridge). For reasons we explain below, elliptic …

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Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent

December 7th, 2018 in Articles & News, Encryption

On Thursday, the Australian government and its Labor partners rammed a shockingly invasive anti-encryption law through Parliament, over the objections of experts, businesses, and civil rights groups. The Assistance and Access (A&A) law requires tech companies to help law enforcement agencies break into individuals’ encrypted data. Using secret warrants, the government can even compel a …

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Open source cryptography takes a step forward with the release of OpenPGPjs 4.0

August 30th, 2018 in Encryption

The goal of our OpenPGPjs project is to make public-key cryptography not only available to users, but also to the global developer community. We believe the widespread availability of open-source and secure cryptography libraries is a prerequisite of the privacy revolution. OpenPGPjs version 4.0 introduces streaming cryptography. This makes it possible for users of the …

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ProtonMail’s open-source encryption library, OpenPGPjs, has passed an independent security audit

August 16th, 2018 in Encryption

At ProtonMail, our goal is to make encryption as widespread and accessible as possible. We believe a key step toward that is having well-maintained, robust, and secure open source encryption libraries. This is the goal of our efforts on the OpenPGPjs encryption library, which is today used by hundreds of applications (including ProtonMail) serving millions …

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The real problem with encryption backdoors

June 22nd, 2018 in Encryption

For decades, law enforcement agencies have lobbied to force technology companies to weaken their own security protocols by adding an encryption backdoor. The FBI has even recently come up with a catchy brand for its anti-encryption campaign: “Going Dark.” Testifying before US Congress last year, FBI Director Christopher Wray called encryption “corrosive” and a challenge …

No, PGP is not broken, not even with the Efail vulnerabilities

May 15th, 2018 in Encryption, Security

The vulnerability report, which came with its own website, efail.de, has attracted a lot of headlines such as the one below, along with recommendations to disable the usage of PGP plugins. This was not helped by the fact that until earlier today, the full details of the “vulnerability” were not disclosed to the community. However, …

Correcting misconceptions about the White House’s use of encryption and ProtonMail

March 18th, 2018 in Encryption

As a matter of policy, we never comment on individual accounts, so we will not confirm nor deny the authenticity of this account. And while we were hoping to not have to comment at all, after two days of silence, there are some misconceptions that we now feel are necessary to correct. Don’t be a …

We have released version 3.0 of OpenPGPjs, an open source OpenPGP library

March 9th, 2018 in Encryption

At ProtonMail, a big part of our mission is to make strong encryption and privacy accessible to every single person. While the ProtonMail and ProtonVPN services go a long way towards doing that, we also allocate a lot of resources into the research and development of better cryptographic tools and processes. The goal of the …

What is end-to-end encryption and how does it work?

March 7th, 2018 in Encryption

End-to-end encryption is the most secure way to communicate privately and securely online. By encrypting messages at both ends of a conversation, end-to-end encryption prevents anyone in the middle from reading private communications. Until recently, end-to-end encryption (E2EE) was the sole domain of the tech savvy because of the complicated operations required to use it. …

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Introducing ProtonMail Bridge, email encryption for Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail

December 6th, 2017 in Articles & News, Encryption

Today we are officially launching ProtonMail Bridge, which brings easy-to-use email encryption to desktop email clients. Ever since the day that we first got the idea to create ProtonMail, one of the most enduring challenges has been how to do email security right while simultaneously making encrypted email easy enough to use for normal people. …

Introducing ProtonMail Contacts – the world’s first encrypted contacts manager

November 21st, 2017 in Articles & News, Encryption

Today we’re launching a new contacts manager, the first one in the world that includes both zero access encryption and digital signature verification. Starting with Version 3.12 of ProtonMail, we have rolled out a brand new version of Contacts for ProtonMail. The new ProtonMail Contacts was in development for over a year and is an …

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