January 16th, 2018
ProtonVPN is pleased to announce the global launch of its Android mobile application today. The ProtonVPN Android app is a free Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for Android that allows users to browse the web without being tracked, bypass online censorship blocks, and also increases security by passing all internet traffic through a strongly encrypted tunnel.
ProtonVPN is developed by the same team of scientists who met at CERN and created ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service with millions of users worldwide that has become the favored email service of many activists, journalists, and individuals concerned about online rights and privacy.
“It is important to make the tools that protect online privacy and freedom widely accessible,” says ProtonMail Co-Founder Dr. Andy Yen, “for this reason, we are releasing ProtonVPN on Android for free, without bandwidth limits or other data caps.”
In the past year, there have been more and more threats against a free Internet, included the repeal of Obama-era rules designed to protect consumer internet browsing history, the recent US FCC vote to , not to mention the over 1.5 billion people around the world who live with censored Internet. ProtonVPN is designed to give consumers around the world an easily accessible tool for defending privacy, security, and freedom online.
While Android VPNs have existed for many years, ProtonVPN draws upon the Company’s extensive security experience and introduces several important security innovations. ProtonVPN features a Secure Core architecture which routes traffic through multiple encrypted tunnels in multiple countries to better defend against network based attacks, and also features seamless integration with the Tor anonymity network.
The most important differentiator however, is that unlike other “free” VPNs, the ProtonVPN does not show ads, install malware, or sell user data in order to monetize. Recent studies have shown that 38% of Android VPN apps actually contain malware, and several prominent free VPN services have recently been caught secretly selling user data. The free service is instead funded by paid subscribers and subsidized by ProtonMail.
“Strong encryption and privacy are a social and economic necessity. Not only does this technology protect activists and dissidents, it is also key to protecting democracy in the digital age,” says Yen, “There are 2 billion Android users worldwide, and being able to provide each and every one of them access to secure Internet is a major milestone in our mission to make online privacy a reality again for all Internet users.”
For more details about ProtonVPN Android, please refer to our launch blog post.
ProtonVPN can be downloaded from the Play Store here.
ProtonVPN’s media kit (including Android screenshots) can be found here.
About Proton Technologies AG
Proton Technologies AG is a security company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, near CERN where the founders met in 2013. We are researchers, scientists, and engineers brought together by a shared vision of protecting civil liberties, working to advance Internet security and privacy. Proton Technologies is a uniquely community-driven company. Initial funding came from an online crowdfunding campaign that raised $550,000 and set a record for a software technology project. Today, the innovative technologies that we are developing, such as ProtonMail and ProtonVPN, are used by millions of people around the world.
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