Privacy decrypted: privacy policy

Privacy Decrypted #6: How to read a privacy policy

January 6th, 2022 in Privacy, Privacy Decrypted

Privacy policies explain how organizations collect and secure your personal information, but few people read them. Here’s how to quickly check a privacy policy to take back control of your data. When you last bought something online, you may have glanced at the terms of use, if only to check the delivery or return details. …

Privacy Decrypted #5: How HTTPS keeps you safe (but not private)

December 14th, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

HTTPS is the backbone that keeps everyone safe and secure on the internet. However, it does little to prevent you from being tracked online. When you surf the web, you connect to websites using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), first developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (who is now a member of Proton’s advisory board). Hypertext …

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 #3: Can encryption be broken?

October 14th, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

Privacy services often rely on strong encryption to protect privacy and confidentiality. Some terms that you have heard probably include AES, RSA, or maybe even elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC). However, is encryption actually bulletproof and a guarantee of safety? Beware the buzzwords Sometimes, vendors will use terms like “military-grade encryption” to try to illustrate how secure …

Privacy Decrypted #2: How to use ProtonMail more anonymously

October 7th, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

Privacy and anonymity are often tossed about as synonymous terms but they are actually related ideas that represent different things. Put simply: Privacy is freedom from observation or attention. Anonymity is freedom from identification or recognition. While the concepts overlap, they are by no means interchangeable. If you send an encrypted email to your friend, …

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 …

Introducing Privacy Decrypted

September 29th, 2021 in Privacy Decrypted

ProtonMail was founded in 2014 to build a better internet where privacy is the default, and to protect activists, journalists, and ordinary people from online surveillance. We are activists ourselves, and over the years we have supported movements around the world from Hong Kong to Belarus to Myanmar, both with our products and through direct …

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