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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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How to delete TikTok and clear your data

July 23rd, 2020 in Privacy & Security

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps in the world. But recently it has been criticized for over collecting data, using insecure protocols, and potentially submitting to the Chinese government. These concerns have even led several countries to consider banning TikTok. If you are concerned that TikTok might be compromising your privacy, […]

ProtonVPN supports Hong Kong’s right to digital freedom

May 22nd, 2020 in Privacy & Security

A Chinese language overview of Proton published in Taiwan can be found here: https://www.twreporter.org/a/protonmail-project Last week, we stood in solidarity with citizens in the US against the reauthorization of the USA Freedom Act. Today we are standing in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong after the Chinese government announced a new security law designed […]

The Patriot Act and your privacy

May 18th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

On May 14, the Senate reauthorized the USA Freedom Act, which extends the expansive domestic surveillance powers contained in the Patriot Act.  The original Freedom Act had expired in March. Now that it has been reauthorized, it grants the FBI (and other law enforcement agencies) broad warrantless access to sensitive personal information, including Internet browsing […]

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The complete guide to online gaming privacy

March 24th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

If you play online gaming, you are probably being spied on.  Privacy concerns may be inherent in the design of the game itself, such as games that require access to your webcam or microphone. Some companies sell any relevant information they’ve collected about you to advertisers, and others collect enormous quantities of data for their […]

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Amazon Ring and the new for-profit surveillance state

February 13th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

Internet companies already follow your every move online: Now they are partnering with law enforcement to bring that same level of surveillance to the physical world. Amazon Ring, the creator of a popular camera-equipped doorbell, has entered into secretive partnerships with hundreds of police departments across the United States. These agreements often require police officers […]

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Given smart TV privacy risks, you might be better off with a ‘dumb’ TV

January 13th, 2020 in Privacy & Security

Smart TVs are essentially televisions that can watch you. Their surge in popularity, along with smart speakers, means corporations (and anyone that can hack these devices) have another window through which they can view your private activity. The data collection that typifies the Internet is spilling over into your offline life — and invading your […]

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Fitness apps are good for your health, but often bad for your privacy

October 31st, 2019 in Privacy & Security

This post was updated on November 1, 2019. Fitness and health apps are designed to help you record and quantify how much you exercise, what prescription drugs you take, even what birth control methods you use. While these apps can help improve your health, they can also put your privacy at risk. In the worst […]

How to protect your data from your ISP

August 15th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

More and more people are taking their online privacy seriously. Facebook, Google, Amazon, and numerous other online platforms are rightfully receiving criticism for the amount of personal data they collect and monetize. However, they are not the only monopolistic corporations you should be concerned about.  ISPs can monitor which websites you visit and the right […]

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