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Five essential online security tips for digital nomads

August 14th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

The Internet made it possible for workers in the service economy to do their jobs from any place that has a fast broadband connection. But the Internet also opens up new avenues for criminals and surveillance. If you’re a digital nomad, are thinking of becoming one, or simply work remotely from time to time, it’s […]

How to stream Netflix and Hulu safely while traveling

August 7th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

If you’re traveling abroad this summer, you’ll probably have a full agenda of sun and sightseeing. But if you get bored and flip on Netflix or Hulu, you might find yourself unable to catch your favorite shows or movies. And if you’re using a VPN to protect your Internet connection, you may not be able […]

Why expats should use a VPN

August 1st, 2019 in Privacy & Security

Living abroad can be an adventure, but it also presents unique online privacy obstacles. A VPN can help expats stay in touch with their family and avoid Internet censorship. In the age of the “digital nomad” more and more people are moving abroad. Living in a new country can be both exciting and complicated. One […]

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All the Internet shutdowns of 2019 so far

June 26th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

The Internet is one of the few places where information can spread freely, which might explain why authoritarian governments are blocking it more often. We look at some of the countries that have suffered Internet blackouts this year. This article was updated on July 10, 2019, to reflect recent events in Sudan. It is still […]

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Which VPN protocol is the best?

May 27th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

We explain what a VPN protocol is and what it does. We also compare the strengths and weaknesses of the most common protocols, including OpenVPN, WireGuard, IKEv2, PPTP, and L2TP. Before you trust a VPN to protect your Internet activity, you need to make sure they’ve put in place the necessary safeguards. Evaluating the more […]

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Why HTTPS alone won’t keep you safe on public WiFi

April 5th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

Most websites now use HTTPS to encrypt your connection and add an additional layer of protection to your data. But if you are on public WiFi, using HTTPS without a VPN means that some of your data will still be vulnerable. Edit: An earlier version of this blog post could have been misunderstood as implying […]

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Using VPN servers in high-risk countries

March 6th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

As part of our mission to make a secure and private Internet available to all, ProtonVPN will have to add servers in countries with poor privacy protections. Here’s how to safely use servers in high-risk countries. Which VPN server you connect to is generally determined by what information you are trying to access and where […]

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Is Tor safe? Learn how secure Tor is

February 20th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

Tor is a free, global network that lets you browse the Internet and the dark web anonymously. There are, however, a few things you need to keep in mind to use Tor securely. As online surveillance becomes more and more prevalent, tools that can help you stay private and secure online are critical. While VPNs […]

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What country is best for VPN privacy?

January 24th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

For a VPN to reliably protect user data, it must not only use the most secure encryption and protocols but also shield itself with strong legal protections. When it comes to VPN services, legal jurisdiction plays an outsized role in the privacy protection that a VPN service can provide. The importance of a VPN’s local […]

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