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What is an IP address?

January 14th, 2022 in Articles & News

Everything you need to know about IP addresses An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label that uniquely identifies every device that connects to the internet. It is used to: Identify a device or network connected to the internet Route packets (containing data) so they can find a device or network that is connected […]

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What is an IP address?

January 14th, 2022 in Articles & News

Everything you need to know about IP addresses An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label that uniquely identifies every device that connects to the internet. It is used to: Identify a device or network connected to the internet Route packets (containing data) so they can find a device or network that is connected […]

US data protection: Online habits and data breaches

January 12th, 2022 in Articles & News

Our survey reveals US online data protection habits and how common data breaches are. As an organization building an internet where privacy is the default, we at Proton are always interested in how people protect themselves and their data online. We asked 1,000 randomly selected people over the age of 16 questions about their online […]

What is Incognito mode (Private Browsing) and is it really private?

January 7th, 2022 in Privacy & Security

Incognito mode, or Private Browsing, is a privacy setting in your browser that lets you surf the web more privately. But how private is it? We explain what Incognito mode is, how it works, and how you can use it to enhance your privacy. We’ll also look at what it doesn’t do and what you […]

What is AES encryption?

December 17th, 2021 in Privacy & Security, Security

AES is a fast, efficient, and secure encryption standard. Certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), AES is used by the United States government to secure classified data. This has led many companies to market AES (especially AES with a 256-bit key) as “military-grade encryption”, although such terminology is as inaccurate as […]

What is bloatware and is it a security risk?

December 9th, 2021 in Security

Bloatware is unwanted software pre-installed on new PCs, laptops, and mobile devices by the device manufacturer, OS developer, or network carrier. It is not usually malicious, but it uses up system resources and can therefore slow down your device.  Most software people think of as bloatware is third-party trial software that is either time-limited or […]

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How to watch blocked YouTube videos

December 5th, 2021 in How-to

YouTube is a global platform that attracts over two billion unique users every month from all around the world. Unfortunately, this does not mean that everyone can access every video on YouTube.  Depending on the country you are in, certain videos are blocked. This is because YouTube uses your location (tagged by your IP address) […]

The ultimate guide to torrenting

December 3rd, 2021 in How-to

Torrenting is an incredibly fast and efficient way to distribute large files over the internet. Although often considered to be synonymous with piracy, there are many legitimate use cases for torrenting. However, before diving into the world of P2P file sharing, you should understand what torrenting is, how it works, and how to protect yourself […]

OpenVPN vs. WireGuard

November 25th, 2021 in Articles & News

OpenVPN and WireGuard® are VPN protocols used to secure the connection between your device and a VPN server. Learn more about how VPNs work WireGuard represents cutting-edge VPN technology and is cryptographically secure, highly efficient, and fast. OpenVPN is beginning to show its age in terms of speed, performance, and efficiency, but remains widely regarded […]

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What is an SSID and should you hide yours?

November 18th, 2021 in Security

An SSID is the name of a wireless network. Learn how SSIDs work, how to find your SSID, and whether it’s better to broadcast or hide it. If you set up your home WiFi network, you may have selected the network’s name (SSID) on your devices, entered the default wireless password, and connected. And that’s […]

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