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Centralized vs peer-to-peer (P2P) file storage

October 8th, 2020 in Security

In 2017, hackers stole the private financial records of some 156 million people from servers belonging to Equifax, while the 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how personal data belonging to up to 87 million Facebook users was harvested without their consent. A litany of high-profile data breaches has led to a growth of interest in …

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The US congressional antitrust report is a win for privacy

October 7th, 2020 in Articles & News

Late Tuesday night, a US congressional subcommittee investigating the major tech companies for anti-competitive practices released its much-anticipated report. The document, over 400 pages long, describes an internet that is highly centralized around gigantic platforms that abuse their monopoly power to the detriment of internet users. This report by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, …

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EU courts ban indiscriminate metadata collection and retention

October 7th, 2020 in Articles & News

Over the past several years, data retention laws have become more and more popular in European countries. These require internet service providers, telecom companies, and online platforms to store metadata about their users, making it much easier for governments to implement mass surveillance. On Oct. 6, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) …

Proton 4.0 is now in beta

Proton V4 web beta brings persistent single sign-on in huge step toward full integration

September 30th, 2020 in Releases

Today, we are marking a major milestone in our mission to expand privacy online with the launch of a new beta version of ProtonMail for web that includes crucial new features like Single Sign-On and persistent sessions (“remember me”).  Today’s updates create the foundation of a fully integrated, private, and encrypted ecosystem covering all basic …

Proton launches the Coalition for App Fairness

Why we support app store antitrust investigations

September 24th, 2020 in Articles & News, Privacy

We updated this article on Sept. 25, 2020, to provide more context about why Proton is joining the Coalition for App Fairness. In recent months, regulators in both the US and Europe have begun looking into app store policies. These investigations are not only centered on Apple, but are also looking at Google Play and app stores …

ProtonMail’s Import-Export application has exited beta and is available to all paid users

September 10th, 2020 in Releases

All users who have a paid plan can use the Import-Export app to easily transfer emails between accounts or download your messages to your device.  This app lets you import your entire inbox from another email service provider, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook, to your secure ProtonMail account. You can also export your emails …

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More people are searching for an inbox that protects their privacy

September 9th, 2020 in Privacy

The number of Google searches in all languages for privacy-focused Gmail alternatives (e.g., “private email” or “encrypted email”) increased 39 percent worldwide between May 2019 and April 2020.  This surge in interest is a promising sign that online privacy is starting to become a priority for people. It also indicates that a broad swath of …

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How to secure data on your external hard drives and USB peripherals

September 8th, 2020 in Security

USB peripherals (commonly known as “flash drives”), memory cards, and external hard drives all make backing up and sharing your data simple. And they are becoming more critical as modern-day schooling, work, and life are increasingly awash in data. But what happens if you lose or misplace one of these devices? In many cases, the …

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The ProtonDrive security model

August 31st, 2020 in Encryption, Security

This article documents ProtonDrive’s security model by showing how it uses end-to-end encryption to protect your sensitive data. While somewhat technical, this document is meant to be accessible to a general audience and attempts to explain how ProtonDrive works in plain language. ProtonDrive is in the final stages of development before our beta launch later …

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Proton supports freedom in Belarus

August 19th, 2020 in Articles & News

Belarusians are in the streets, no longer willing to live under the tyranny of “Europe’s last dictator.” We at Proton stand with the people of Belarus against the violent suppression of their freedoms, and we would like to once again offer our support to any independent groups fighting for democracy on the ground. The Aug. …

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EARN IT is a dangerous law that could be used to break encryption

August 4th, 2020 in Encryption

We recently wrote about a proposed law in the United States known as the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (LAED Act), which would basically ban encryption by requiring companies to build a backdoor. But this is not the only effort underway in the US Congress that attempts to destroy privacy as we know it. …

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Four misleading claims tech CEOs told Congress

July 30th, 2020 in Privacy

On Wednesday, the CEOs of four massive tech companies — Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon — testified before a congressional investigation about those companies’ anti-competitive practices. The CEOs were eager to portray their companies as under constant threat from competitors. However, the congressional subcommittee raised multiple examples of the companies using their power to spy on, …

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