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Using Zoom? Here are the privacy issues you need to be aware of

March 20th, 2020 in Privacy

Zoom has seen a flood of new users as the COVID-19 outbreak forces more and more employees to transition to working from home. Zoom’s big selling point is its near-frictionless video calls. However, new users should be aware of the company’s privacy practices. By looking through its privacy policy and some of its support documents, …

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Political campaigns and your personal data

March 13th, 2020 in Privacy

During this American presidential election campaign season, politicians have scored points calling out tech companies for abusing the personal data of their users. Yet many political campaigns are engaged in very similar practices.  Political campaigns are now sophisticated data operations that collect mass amounts of personal information from their supporters and potential voters. Their methodology …

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Privacy isn’t free. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

February 25th, 2020 in Privacy

Every once in a while, we are asked the question, why should I pay for ProtonMail when I can use Gmail for free? Or why should I pay for ProtonMail when there are cheaper email services available? This is actually a good question worthy of a deeper discussion.  Google isn’t actually free First, it’s important …

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The privacy risks of the Internet of Things

February 11th, 2020 in Privacy

The Internet of Things has come a long way since the turn of the century when it was a buzzword used by futurists and entrepreneurs. Although not yet as ubiquitous as some predicted a decade ago, Internet-connected devices have crept into many aspects of our daily lives. Now, with everything from vacuum cleaners to climate …

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How to stay private when using Android

December 13th, 2019 in Privacy

The smartphone is one of the most invasive devices ever invented. It’s easy to forget that, of course, because we are so familiar with them, and they are so useful. But while you might value your smartphone for the convenience it gives you, tech companies value it for an entirely different reason: it is collecting …

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Most secure browser for your privacy in 2020

December 9th, 2019 in Privacy

Your web browser is the vehicle that carries you around the Internet to your desired websites. As such, it knows precisely what sites you have visited, how long you spent browsing them, and what you clicked on (or almost clicked on). Anyone who has access to your web browser can have a window into your …

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Freedom is a human right, and we are committed to defending it even when others won’t

October 21st, 2019 in Privacy

Since we launched in 2014, ProtonMail has been the preferred email service provider for activists around the world. Protecting freedom of speech and democracy is, after all, one of the main reasons we created ProtonMail in the first place. Normally, this would not be of particular interest to anyone: we have always believed that all …

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Why should you trust ProtonMail?

September 24th, 2019 in Privacy

This is a challenging question to answer, but it is also a fair one, so we wanted to share our views about this in a blog post. In general, we strive to make our service require as little trust as possible. We encrypt data in a way that does not allow us to decrypt it, …

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, …

Update on the question of voluntary real-time surveillance

May 29th, 2019 in Privacy

Updated on September 12, 2019. As the blog post referenced by this post has been removed, this post no longer serves a purpose so we have removed it. To remove any doubt, we confirm that ProtonMail has not and does not engage in voluntary real-time surveillance on behalf of law enforcement. We also confirm that …

How data breaches are hurting small businesses

March 7th, 2019 in Privacy, Security

Small businesses are big targets for hackers, but they still aren’t prepared. Data breaches that make the news usually involve massive corporations with vast datasets. But small businesses must also prevent cyberattacks and data breaches, and most don’t feel prepared. “We lost $10,000 due to a cyberattack on our mainframe in which a hacker was …

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