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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, Proton VPN 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 […]

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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The privacy risks of smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, and Google Home

January 10th, 2019 in Privacy & Security

Science fiction has officially arrived. Smart speakers and their digital assistants are here, constantly listening to you, waiting to respond to your requests. Yet they are less like helpful bots and more like diligent stenographers, compiling comprehensive reports of every interaction so corporations can monetize your data. “Alexa, are you listening?” As it turns out, […]

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Are free VPNs safe to use?

December 17th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

When it comes to protecting your privacy, free services have a poor track record, as most are subsidized by selling your data. Here’s why Proton VPN’s free VPN service is different. The phrase “if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product” has been proven correct time and time again. The classic examples […]

Privacy and the Internet — a reading list

December 7th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

For anyone interested in learning more about privacy, data, and the Internet, this reading list is a good place to start. The articles, books, and reports that we present on this list cover various aspects of how cybersecurity, the right to privacy, and the Internet interact. They are all recommended by our team, and we’ve […]

Data dilemmas — the results and our advice

November 2nd, 2018 in Privacy & Security

Cyber Security Awareness Month is over, and the results are in from our #datadilemma experiment. Over the past four weeks we asked you a series of hypothetical questions about which types of data you want to keep private. Our goal was twofold: First, we were curious about what information people find most sensitive. And second, […]

Proton VPN Transparency Report & Warrant Canary

October 31st, 2018 in Privacy & Security

This page is updated whenever there is a notable new legal request. This post was last updated on May 29, 2020. To be counted here as a legal request for information, the request must come through official channels foreign or domestic (either a court order, directly from a government entity, or from legal/security departments of […]

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