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

April 25th, 2019 in Encryption

Elliptic curve cryptography is the most advanced cryptographic system available. Now ProtonMail is making this technology available to all users. 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 …

We support stronger privacy regulations in California

April 17th, 2019 in Press

ProtonMail has joined 23 other tech companies to endorse the Privacy for All Act of 2019, which would give millions of people more control over their data. We want everyone to have access to online privacy and security. It’s why we created ProtonMail and ProtonVPN. But technological tools alone can’t get us there. We need …

How to stop the 6 most common types of cyber crime methods against businesses

April 11th, 2019 in Security

Malware and social engineering are the top two types of cyber crime methods businesses have to face. Here’s how to prevent these attacks from hurting your business. Each quarter, the security firm Positive Technologies releases statistics on the most common types of cyber crime based on their internal data. The numbers from the fourth quarter …

ProtonMail supports data journalists through the European Journalism Centre

April 8th, 2019 in Press

On Thursday, the European Journalism Centre launched DataJournalism.com, a forum and educational tool for data journalists. We’re excited to support their important work. At the intersection of coding and journalism lies data journalism. Data journalists use analytic and data visualization software to turn raw figures into stories that can inform, surprise, and inspire. Their work …

Top cyber security solutions for small businesses

April 3rd, 2019 in Security

These encrypted apps and web services can help small businesses secure their data without spending too much time and money. Cyber criminals love to target small businesses because they know small and medium-sized businesses, short on time, resources, or expertise, cannot always secure their data. But the cost of not securing your company’s data has …

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In the fight against hackers, your employees are the weakest link

March 28th, 2019 in Security

In a previous infographic, we showed that small businesses are prime targets for hackers. One reason is that small businesses often have less capacity to train their employees on IT security. This makes them the perfect target for phishing attacks. One report even found that most employees were not sure they could spot a phishing …

Email is the #1 target for hackers. Here’s how to secure your business

March 20th, 2019 in Security

Criminals love to attack businesses via email because it gives them direct access to every organization’s weakest link: employees themselves. You can mitigate the threat by following these secure email practices. Email is the primary attack vector for hacking and fraud, and the situation is only getting worse. From 2017 to 2018, email-based attacks on …

How to create a strong password

March 19th, 2019 in Security

The standard advice about strong passwords may leave you vulnerable to hacks. In this article, we tell you how to create a strong password and the best way to keep it safe. You probably already know some obvious password safety tips, like don’t use “password” as your password. But did you know that a password …

Network security for business: the first step to preventing data breaches

March 15th, 2019 in Security

Network security can be complex and confusing, but it’s essential that small businesses get it right. This guide explains basic network security measures and how to implement them on your company’s network. Network security is analogous to home security: You are fortifying and controlling access to where your business’s data lives. Network security is nothing …

Small businesses are big targets for hackers, but they still aren’t prepared

March 7th, 2019 in Security, Uncategorized

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 able to access financial data.” “An email was sent from a banking …

Let’s settle the password vs. passphrase debate once and for all

March 5th, 2019 in Security

Should you use a password or passphrase? The question has sparked intense discussion among techies for years. Here’s our recommendation. Several years ago, the science comic blogger Randall Munroe, otherwise known as XKCD, posted a comic comparing passwords and passphrases. The illustration attempts to demonstrate mathematically, using information theory, that passwords tend to be weaker …

The key to small business cyber security is a culture of security awareness

February 28th, 2019 in Security, Uncategorized

Small business cyber security is often overlooked, either due to a lack of expertise or funding. This is a mistake. Cyberattacks are costly to mitigate but potentially more costly to recover from after they occur. Managers can improve their small business’s cyber security by creating a security-conscious culture in the workplace. There are two things …

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