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What is the difference between a proxy and a VPN?

September 10th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

A proxy is any server that sits between your device and a wider network, such as the internet. A virtual private network (VPN) server is a specific kind of proxy, but many other kinds of proxy exist. Although inaccurate (and as a result, confusing), VPNs are often contrasted to proxies.  Learn more about what VPN […]

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ProtonVPN’s macOS and iOS apps help bypass censorship

July 15th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

ProtonVPN was launched in 2017 in response to attempts by authoritarian regimes to block access to ProtonMail. Since then, ProtonVPN has become one of the most important and widely used tools for defeating censorship and protecting freedom of speech worldwide. Advancing the cause of internet freedom is an important part of what we do, and […]

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ProtonVPN now offers the most advanced free Linux VPN app

June 22nd, 2021 in Privacy & Security

Today, we’re launching a new Linux app. It features an elegant and fully featured graphical user interface, making it easy to use on the Linux desktop. ProtonVPN is the only VPN service to offer a full-featured, open source, and free Linux application.  We have long been supporters of Linux and open source software. Today, all […]

Why you should use a VPN on your mobile device

April 28th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

Growing public awareness about the threat posed to our fundamental right to privacy by online trackers has fueled a surge in VPN adoption, a trend that has been boosted thanks to people spending more time online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although VPN use is at an all-time high, many people still associate the technology […]

Always stay secure with the Permanent Kill Switch for Windows

March 31st, 2021 in Privacy & Security

UPDATE May 18, 2021: The Permanent Kill Switch feature has exited beta and is available to the public. Everyone can use Permanent Kill Switch by signing up for a ProtonVPN Free plan for Windows. ProtonVPN is pleased to introduce a new feature for our Windows app: a Permanent Kill Switch that protects your device at […]

Why operating system (OS) updates are important

March 11th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

Many users turn to Proton to secure their most sensitive information. Your security is our number one priority, and we employ advanced encryption in all our apps to ensure that your personal data cannot be exposed by malicious actors.  However, Proton apps, like all apps, rely on the security of your operating system (OS) to […]

How to update the operating system on your Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Linux, iOS, or Android device

March 11th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

To keep your device secure and to make sure that all your apps continue functioning normally, you must regularly update your device’s operating system.  A device’s operating system (OS) is a special piece of software that manages a device’s hardware and provides common services that allow you to run different apps and programs on that […]

How to get the best VPN speeds

March 2nd, 2021 in Privacy & Security

Several factors affect VPN speeds, including which servers you select and how many other people are using your VPN service. We created this article to help demystify these factors and help you get the best VPN speeds while using ProtonVPN. If you would like to learn more in depth about internet speed  and the various […]

Stream content on your big screen with the ProtonVPN Android TV app

December 17th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

Today we’re excited to release our first-ever VPN app for your television. With ProtonVPN for Android TV, you can protect your privacy and access blocked and censored content while using your smart TV.  This means your internet service provider and other third parties will not be able to monitor your streaming activity, see your location, […]

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