Proton VPN turns 1 year old today. Here’s how we are progressing.

When we launched(new window) Proton VPN a year ago, we did it because now more than ever, we need robust tools for defending privacy, security, and freedom online. In particular, we saw a rising risk of increased online censorship targeting secure communications systems(new window) such as Proton Mail. Unfortunately, this prediction has come to pass, so Proton VPN was launched just in time.

In the past 12 months, we have seen a number of governments and corporations take aim at encrypted services: Turkey blocked Proton Mail(new window), Iran(new window) and Russia(new window) blocked Telegram, and Google and Amazon have enabled Iran to block Signal(new window), to give just a few examples. Authoritarian regimes are using censorship to suppress ideas, and Internet service providers are consolidating power(new window) over the web. Our mission to make online security and privacy available to all has become more crucial.

While Proton VPN was born out of our desire to provide a trustworthy free VPN(new window) service that would help Proton Mail users access their email even under censorship, the project has now grown beyond that. Today there are many people who are using Proton VPN for more than just accessing their Proton Mail. Today, over half a million people use Proton VPN for things like accessing Wikipedia, reaching blocked news sites, or even watching Netflix(new window) or the football World Cup(new window).

All this and more is possible thanks to the support from the Proton VPN community, which has made it possible for us to accomplish our mission faster and to continue improving the service. Here’s a look at just a few of the things you’ve helped us achieve:

  • We have made privacy more accessible with easy-to-use native VPN apps. We’ve already launched native apps or tools for four operating systems: Android(new window), Windows(new window), Mac and Linux(new window). Our iOS application is also in development and scheduled for release later this year.
  • We’re breaking down Internet censorship and providing security no matter what content you choose to access. Proton VPN has several dedicated servers for streaming, from Netflix(new window) to Hulu to your favorite sporting events(new window).
  • Proton VPN is still a free VPN. We believe access to security and privacy should not be limited by someone’s ability to pay. Thanks to the support of our paid users, we have been able to stay true to our promise of providing a free VPN that does not abuse your privacy.

We’re also proud of the feedback we’ve received from users. Our social media feeds and our inboxes are full of encouragement—and constructive criticism—that we take very seriously. We’re grateful to have a community that cares so much about the product and the mission to engage with our team.

We’ve also gotten great reviews from TechRadar(new window), and around the web, from which called Proton VPN “a smart choice for experienced VPN users,” to ghacks.net(new window), which wrote that Proton VPN is “one of the best, if not the best free VPN options right now, hands down.” You can check a full list of Proton VPN reviews.(new window)

We set out to make the Internet a better place. Thanks to you, after just one year, we have already made a great deal of progress. Going forward, we will continue to listen to your feedback and make further improvements. If you have ideas for features you would love to see, don’t hesitate to let us know on social media. We look forward to continuing to improve Proton VPN with your support!

Best Regards,
The Proton VPN Team

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