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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 […]

Which VPN should I download to defeat censorship?

August 3rd, 2021 in Privacy & Security

Internet censorship is now more sophisticated and “lasting longer, affecting more people, and targeting vulnerable groups,” according to Access Now, an NGO that defends digital rights. Motivated by political power, restrictive social mores, and national security, illiberal governments in dozens of countries around the world have resorted to internet filtering and blackouts to control access […]

What to look for in a safe VPN download

July 2nd, 2021 in Privacy & Security

As internet users become increasingly savvy about their online security, VPNs have grown in popularity. Once reserved for special purposes, VPNs have now gone mainstream as more people realize VPNs can protect their private data and help them access blocked sites.  However, that increased popularity has also incentivized bad actors to enter the market, using […]

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Do I need a VPN on my phone in the US?

June 18th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

When people think of VPNs, the first thing that comes to mind is often personal and work computers and the ability to stream movies. However, we are spending an increasing amount of time using the internet on our phones rather than on a computer. The fact is, you face the same privacy risks on your […]

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 […]

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What factors you should consider when looking for the best free VPN service

February 25th, 2021 in Privacy & Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rush to digitalization. Daily activities that once required in-person attendance, like classes, conferences, and even family gatherings, are being held online. While this increasingly internet-mediated life has made many events more accessible to more people, it has also introduced new security and privacy concerns. The more time we spend […]

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When faced with internet censorship, people around the world turn to ProtonVPN

December 16th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

This year, repressive governments continued to use internet shutdowns and social media blackouts as tools to censor their critics and keep their citizens in the dark. However, we noticed an encouraging countertrend: Citizens in these countries have learned to use VPNs to circumvent these blocks and fight back. Throughout 2020, ProtonVPN received multiple, significant spikes […]

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What is a VPN?

November 5th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

An almost daily drumbeat of data breaches and online privacy violations has fueled public interest in VPN services such as ProtonVPN. This article explains what VPNs are, what they do, and whether you need one. Our sister article, How does a VPN work?, provides a more detailed and technical overview of what is going on […]

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How does a VPN work?

November 4th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

A virtual private network (VPN) provides privacy and a host of other benefits when connecting to the internet. Our blog post What is a VPN? explains what this technology does and some reasons you might find it useful to install your own VPN on your device.  In this article, we will go deeper and explain […]

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