How to protect your phone or computer when crossing borders

September 20th, 2018 in Privacy

Border agents have broad powers to search people crossing borders, including their phones and laptops.But there are ways to protect your data when crossing international borders if you understand the technology and the law. Crossing an international border is often a stressful experience. It becomes all the more stressful if you are pulled aside for …

What is the dark web? The good and bad of the Internet’s most private corner

August 27th, 2018 in Privacy

You may have heard the dark web is a place for drug dealers and hitmen. That’s correct, but there’s more to it than that. In this article, find out what is the dark web, how to access it, and what you might find there. The dark web is a part of the Internet that requires …

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ISPs are selling your private browsing history. Here’s how to prevent it.

March 24th, 2017 in Privacy

Selling and sharing browsing history to advertisers just became easier due to yesterday’s vote in the US senate. Here is our analysis of S.J.Res.34 and the steps you should take to protect your privacy if this becomes law. Today US lawmakers voted in favor of allowing internet service providers (ISP) like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T …

Internet Censorship – Why it matters and what we’re doing about it

March 10th, 2017 in Privacy

March 12, 2017 is World Day Against Cyber Censorship (WDACC). Originally created by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2008, the day seeks to draw attention to the issue of Internet censorship. If you logged into your ProtonMail account on Friday, you may have noticed that our login page is slightly different, with a …

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Wikileaks CIA Files – What this means for Internet security and encryption

March 8th, 2017 in Privacy

Earlier today, Wikileaks dumped a large database of secret documents from the CIA in a released dubbed #Vault7. Here we do a deeper analysis of the leak and the broader implications on online security and encrypted services. Our in-depth analysis of the leaked CIA files is found at the bottom of this post. First, we …

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Fighting Censorship with ProtonMail Encrypted Email Over Tor

January 19th, 2017 in Privacy

As part of our efforts to continue protecting user privacy, we are launching a Tor hidden service to combat censorship and surveillance of ProtonMail users. Edit March 2018: New SSL certificate. See below. In the past two years, ProtonMail has grown enormously, especially after the recent US election, and today we are the world’s largest …

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The Investigatory Powers Bill and Online Privacy

November 29th, 2016 in Privacy

The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) has been approved by the UK Parliament and will come in force in 2017. We decided to do a deeper analysis of this law, since it potentially impacts a large number of ProtonMail users. According to our 2016 Encrypted Email User Survey, the UK accounts for the third largest group …

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Donald Trump will control the NSA – what this means for your privacy

November 11th, 2016 in Privacy

Earlier this week, Donald Trump won a stunning election victory that will put him in charge of the world’s most powerful mass surveillance infrastructure. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you are on, Trump’s control over the NSA is now an indisputable fact, and we think it is worth taking a closer look …

What Yahoo’s NSA Surveillance Means for Email Privacy

October 6th, 2016 in Privacy

Updated October 7, 2016 with additional clarification and analysis of Yahoo’s denial Dear ProtonMail Community, Two weeks ago, we published a security advisory regarding the mass hacking of Yahoo. Unfortunately, due to recent events, we are issuing a second advisory regarding all US email providers. What happened? This week, it was revealed that as a …

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A Lei americana de Vigilância CISA foi aprovada, aqui está o que podemos fazer

March 3rd, 2016 in Privacy

Na sexta-feira passada, o Congresso americano e o presidente Obama assinaram a Lei de Vigilância CISA usando métodos desleais. This is a Portuguese translated version of an Article which we originally published on December 21, 2015. We want to give special thanks to ProtonMail user jjsergio for the translation. Com essa lei veio a perda …

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Swiss Surveillance Laws headed for nationwide referendum!

January 14th, 2016 in Privacy

We are happy to announce that, due to the efforts of our users and allies, the Swiss Surveillance Law will be put to a vote by the Swiss people! In September last year, the Swiss parliament passed a new surveillance law known as the Nachrichtendienstgesetzt (NDG) or la Loi sur le renseignement (Lrens). The law …

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CISA Surveillance Law has passed, here’s what we can do

December 21st, 2015 in Privacy

Late last Friday, the US Congress and President Obama signed into law the CISA Surveillance Law using very underhanded methods.   With it came the loss of numerous protections extremely important to internet privacy. To understand why the CISA surveillance law is bad for email privacy, we will go over some of the main points …

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