What is a keylogger?

November 24th, 2023 in Privacy basics

A contraction of “keystroke logger”, a keylogger is either a piece of software or a hardware device that records input from your device’s keyboard. Although not strictly part of the definition, keylogger software can also often record video and/or audio input from your device’s camera and/or microphone and capture data from your clipboard.  In this […]

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US data protection: Online habits and data breaches

January 12th, 2022 in Privacy deep dives

Our survey reveals US online data protection habits and how common data breaches are. As an organization building an internet where privacy is the default, we at Proton are always interested in how people protect themselves and their data online. We asked 1,000 randomly selected people over the age of 16 questions about their online […]

What is Incognito mode (Private Browsing) and is it really private?

January 7th, 2022 in Privacy basics

Incognito mode, or Private Browsing, is a privacy setting in your browser that lets you surf the web more privately. But how private is it? We explain what Incognito mode is, how it works, and how you can use it to enhance your privacy. We’ll also look at what it doesn’t do and what you […]

What is AES encryption?

December 17th, 2021 in Privacy deep dives

AES is a fast, efficient, and secure encryption standard. Certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), AES is used by the United States government to secure classified data. This has led many companies to market AES (especially AES with a 256-bit key) as “military-grade encryption”, although such terminology is as inaccurate as […]

What is bloatware and is it a security risk?

December 9th, 2021 in Privacy basics

Bloatware is unwanted software pre-installed on new PCs, laptops, and mobile devices by the device manufacturer, OS developer, or network carrier. It is not usually malicious, but it uses up system resources and can therefore slow down your device.  Most software people think of as bloatware is third-party trial software that is either time-limited or […]

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How to watch blocked YouTube videos

December 5th, 2021 in How-to

YouTube is a global platform that attracts over two billion unique users every month from all around the world. Unfortunately, this does not mean that everyone can access every video on YouTube.  Depending on the country you are in, certain videos are blocked. This is because YouTube uses your location (tagged by your IP address) […]

The ultimate guide to torrenting

December 3rd, 2021 in How-to

Torrenting is an incredibly fast and efficient way to distribute large files over the internet. Although often considered to be synonymous with piracy, there are many legitimate use cases for torrenting. However, before diving into the world of P2P file sharing, you should understand what torrenting is, how it works, and how to protect yourself […]

OpenVPN vs. WireGuard

November 25th, 2021 in Privacy deep dives

Update March 2023: While WireGuard continues to officially only support UDP, Proton VPN has now developed an implementation of WireGuard that runs over TCP. In addition to this, our Stealth obfuscation protocol is based on an implementation of WireGuard run over TCP. OpenVPN and WireGuard® are VPN protocols used to secure the connection between your […]

What is an SSID and should you hide yours?

November 18th, 2021 in Privacy basics

This aricloe was expanded and updated Novemebr 2023. An SSID is the name of a wireless network. Learn how SSIDs work, how to find your SSID, and whether it’s better to broadcast or hide it. If you set up your home WiFi network, you may have selected the network’s name (SSID) on your devices, entered […]

Proton VPN’s Digital Freedom Index

November 10th, 2021 in Privacy deep dives

Which countries have the most digital freedom? Digital freedom is something that much of society takes for granted, but, unfortunately, online liberty doesn’t exist for everyone. Your ability to use a VPN, access social media, or even read freely and fairly reported news in the media is entirely dependent on the laws governing the country […]

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