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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 ProtonVPN’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 are […]

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, […]

ProtonVPN 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 […]

Which personal data are the most sensitive? Data Dilemmas:

October 12th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was originally created as a collaborative effort between the US government and the tech industry to ensure that every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. As a no-logs VPN service, we obviously take security and privacy seriously. But none of our projects will make […]

Is public WiFi safe to use?

October 4th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

We have all done it: connected to a free public WiFi network we did not know to check emails, read the news, or scroll Instagram. What we often do not think about is that the same convenience that makes public WiFi so easy to use is also what makes it so attractive to hackers. Since […]

Why it is hard (if not impossible) to run a privacy-focused company in the US

September 12th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

When people think of tech companies, they typically think of Silicon Valley. This is where some of the biggest tech companies got their start and its where most of them have their headquarters. This is no accident. The available talent in the US, the easy access to capital and investors, and a general entrepreneurial spirit […]

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Is Incognito/Private Browsing mode truly private?

September 8th, 2018 in Privacy & Security

What is Incognito Mode? Incognito Mode is a privacy setting for Google Chrome (other browsers have different names for a similar service – Private Browsing Mode for Firefox, Private Browsing for Safari) that prevents the browser from storing a site’s URL, text entered into the site’s forms, and cookies. (Cookies are small data files that […]

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