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Introducing Proton Scribe: a privacy-first writing assistant
  • Teams answer:

    Our business audience was the most interested in a writing assistant, this is why we started gradually rolling it out starting with Business and Visionary plans. We will look into making it available to more users at a later date!

  • Introducing Proton Scribe: a privacy-first writing assistant
  • The team states the following regarding Firefox:

    Support for running language models locally is currently only available in the Firefox Nightly builds. In our testing with Firefox, we haven’t been able to get Proton Scribe to run reliably on a variety of devices. We will see how the situation evolves before adding support.

  • Introducing Proton Scribe: a privacy-first writing assistant

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    In Proton's 2024 user survey, it seems like AI usage among the Proton community has now exceeded 50% (it's at 54% to be exact). It's 72% if we also count people who are interested in using AI.

    Rather than have people use tools like ChatGPT which are horrible for privacy, we're bridging the gap with Proton Scribe, a privacy-first writing assistant that is built into Proton Mail.

    Proton Scribe allows you to generate email drafts based on a prompt and refine with options like shorten, proofread and formalize.

    A privacy-first writing assistant

    Proton Scribe is a privacy-first take on AI, meaning that it:

    • Can be run locally, so your data never leaves your device.
    • Does not log or save any of the prompts you input.
    • Does not use any of your data for training purposes.
    • Is open source, so anyone can inspect and trust the code.

    Basically, it's the privacy-first AI tool that we wish existed, but doesn't exist, so we built it ourselves. Scribe is not a partnership with a third-party AI firm, it's developed, run and operated directly by us, based off of open source technologies.

    Available now for Visionary, Lifetime, and Business plans

    Proton Scribe is available as a paid add-on for business plans, and teams can try it for free. It's also included for free to all of our legacy Proton Visionary and Lifetime plan subscribers. Learn more about Proton Scribe on our blog: https://proton.me/blog/proton-scribe-writing-assistant

    As always, if you have thoughts and comments, let us know.

    Proton Team

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    Proton Pass: Answers to some common questions about passwords and password managers

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    We know that there are quite a few myths and recurring questions, as well as a lot of anxiety about passwords and password managers. And it’s understandable - the more of our data is online, the more anxious we are to protect it.

    Here are some articles to answer some of the common questions:

    We’ve also looked into some of the most common attacks that can compromise your passwords and what to do about them:

    We hope you learn something new or share them with your loved ones to help improve their password security :)

    Let us know in the comments what other questions you have about passwords and password managers.

    The Proton Team

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    Proton Pass: Login items now have a dedicated email AND username field

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    Hi everyone,

    We’ve heard your feedback that many of you would like to quickly add an email AND username to a login item in Proton Pass without having to use custom fields.

    Today, we’re happy to share that we’re introducing a dedicated username field for exactly this reason! Rolling out now on all platforms. Simply tap the (+) sign to the left of the email field to reveal the username field.

    Let us know what you think! You can also propose, vote, and discuss feature requests on ~User Voice~.

    Proton Team

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    Spring 2024 on Proton Drive

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    If you haven’t visited our blog recently, here’s an overview of the main Proton Drive announcements from the past three months:

    Improvements: ✉️ A new sharing feature provides more security and control. It allows you to share files and folders with a specific email user together with a message for the recipient.

    📷 Photo backup is now available on iOS too.

    ✍️ Last week, we introduced Docs in Proton Drive, making it possible to collaborate in real-time, leave comments, add photos, and store your documents, all in a private environment.

    Speaking of sharing, many people use WeTransfer to share files when they are large, as well as WhatsApp when they are small. Here are some things you need to consider if you’re using these two services:

    WeTransfer: https://proton.me/blog/is-wetransfer-safe

    WhatsApp: https://proton.me/blog/whatsapp-safe-private-photos

    We’ll keep rounding up top blog articles each month for you to make sure you’re all caught up on the latest news and tips. You can follow our blog here(we have an RSS feed, too), and we welcome all your suggestions about what we should write about next! Let us know in the comments.

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    June 2024 Proton VPN tips

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    If you haven’t visited the Proton VPN blog recently, here’s an overview of the posts published in June:

    🏷️ The best AirTag alternative solutions to improve your privacy and security. We have previously discussed the privacy risks of AirTag use. Now, we offer a comparative list of alternatives you can use.

    🏠 Why WFH employees should use a remote access VPN? In 2023, roughly 40% of workers in the US worked remotely or on hybrid schedules. This arrangement offers benefits to employees and employers, but it also introduces new cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Fortunately, this can be easily solved with a remote access VPN.

    🗺️ What is IP allowlisting? Learn how this security mechanism works and what its advantages and disadvantages are.

    In addition to that, we had a huge update to our server infrastructure which we’ve already surpassed. Proton VPN now has over 6000 servers in 100 countries.

    You can follow our blog here: https://protonvpn.com/blog/

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    Top blog posts June 2024

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    We have a big month behind us, and in case you haven’t been on Reddit much this June, here are the highlights:

    💜 To strengthen our commitment to you and our mission, Proton is transitioning towards a non-profit structure. Most companies are created to be sold, and they achieve that by placing profit above all other considerations. For most businesses providing “services” to the masses, the easiest way to profit has been to misuse user data and engage in surveillance capitalism to the detriment of society and democracy. At Proton, we have intentionally taken a different path to achieve a more difficult mission where people come before profits.

    🔑 With the addition of macOS and Linux app, as well as the Safari browser extension, Proton Pass is now available across all major platforms.

    ☁️ We’ve added major new functionalities to ProtonDrive, most importantly the option to share files and folders directly with your recipients by entering their email and the long-awaited photo backup functionality on our iOS app.

    Among online privacy news, you have been most interested in Google’s DMA compliance plan (spoiler: it’s a sham).

    As usual, tips on what you need to pay attention to in order to protect your online privacy were some of the most widely read:

    📶 what to do about WiFi pods that can represent a privacy risk

    ⌨️ how to prevent password spraying attacks

    📑 a quick list of things you can do to protect your personal information online

    We’ll keep rounding up top blog articles each month for you to make sure you’re all caught up on the latest news and tips. You can follow our blog here (we have an RSS feed, too), and we welcome all your suggestions about what we should write about next! Let us know in the comments.

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    You can now secure your Proton Pass account with an extra password

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    Hi everyone,

    We heard your feedback, and we're happy to announce that you can now secure your Proton Pass with an extra password in addition to your existing Proton account password.

    Thank you to our Visionary members who already had a chance to check out this feature!

    All Proton Accounts are already secured with strong, robust encryption, but our optional extra password feature allows you to compartmentalize your Proton Pass account. It lets you create an extra password you must enter before you can access your logins and other sensitive information in Pass.

    With the extra password enabled, even if an attacker gets a hold of the password to your Proton Account, they cannot access your Pass account unless they also know your extra password. Be sure to store your extra password securely!

    This feature is rolling out today for all Lifetime plans, followed by a staged release for Unlimited plans, and available to everyone else over the coming days: https://proton.me/support/pass-extra-password

    Let us know what you think! You can also share, vote and discuss ideas on User Voice.

    Proton Team

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    Proton Pass now allows you to securely and easily share expiring links to your credit cards, logins, and notes.

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks to your ongoing feedback, we’re pleased to introduce Secure Link Sharing in Proton Pass for all Proton Pass paid plans.

    You asked for a simpler way to share a single item, like streaming passwords, family notes, and credit cards, and now you can! Complete with a configurable expiry.

    With Secure Link Sharing, you can share with anyone, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Proton account, http://proton.me/blog/pass-secure-link-sharing

    Here’s how it works:

    • Easy as copy and paste: Easily generate, update, or delete secure links with just a few clicks in any app.
    • You’re in control: Set an expiration date for the link (from one hour to 30 days) or limit the number of accesses.
    • Encrypted at all times: Secure links are end-to-end encrypted, ensuring only you and the people you share with can access your data.

    This feature is rolling out progressively to all users on paid plans, starting first with Lifetime, Visionary, and Unlimited users. It will be available to everyone in the coming days.

    Haven’t signed up yet? Upgrade now and get your first year for $1/month (limited-time offer eligible for new users only).

    Let us know what you think! You can also share, vote and discuss ideas on User Voice.

    Proton Team

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    How to set up ProtonVPN on iOS ??
  • Just to answer here in the thread also, as answered on reddit:

    IKEv2 has been discontinued on iOS for security reasons:

    https://protonvpn.com/support/discontinuing-ikev2-openvpn-macos-ios/

    You'll have to use an app, whether that is the Proton VPN app, Open VPN app, WireGuard app or something like Passepartout.

    The OpenVPN app works with the OpenVPN protocol and thus with the OpenVPN configuration files.

    The WireGuard app works with WireGuard configuration files.

    Passepartout works with both, OpenVPN and WireGuard configuration files.

  • Introducing Docs in Proton Drive
  • The team states on reddit:

    By cursor movements we don't mean mouse movement, but only the typing indicator. Mouse movement is not recorded. It is only shown when you choose to collaborate with someone by sharing access to view or edit the document to make the collaboration possible. Moreover, the contents of your documents including these movements, comments, and replies are end-to-end encrypted, so that no one, not even Proton, can see the contents of your documents.

  • Introducing Docs in Proton Drive: end-to-end encrypted collaborative document editing, that puts your privacy first

    Hey everyone, from the team:

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    Hello everyone,

    We're happy to announce the release of Docs in Proton Drive starting today - an end-to-end encrypted collaborative document editor and one of the most requested functionalities from the Proton community.

    Docs in Proton Drive starts rolling out today and will be available to everyone over the next few days. Make sure you’re running the latest versions of the Drive desktop and mobile apps.

    We built docs in Proton Drive as a joint project with the team from Standard Notes, who shares our core values around privacy and security.

    Like all other Proton services, Docs puts you in control of your data. Your documents are only accessible to you and those you share them with, and even your keystrokes and cursor movements are encrypted.

    Now, you can create, edit, and collaborate on documents with your family, friends, or colleagues!

    With Docs in Proton Drive, you can:

    ✍️ create new documents and edit them in the Drive web app

    🤝 collaborate on documents asynchronously & in real-time

    🙋‍♀️ see who else is viewing or editing your documents with live cursors and presence indicators

    💬 share feedback using comments and replies

    ↕️ import and edit .txt / .docx and export in other formats like .pdf, .txt, .md, and .html

    💻 access your documents securely from anywhere

    All documents created with Docs have a maximum size of 50MB and are automatically saved in your current folder on Proton Drive.

    A privacy-respecting alternative to Big Tech

    Far too often, online productivity suites require you to accept surveillance as a condition of use. Docs is a milestone in our journey to building a better internet where privacy is the default and another important step towards advancing the mission of the non-profit Proton Foundation.

    We're eager to know what you think! Thank you for your continuous support,

    Proton Team

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    Proton VPN now available without creating an account (Android)

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    Hi everyone,

    As you may know, Proton VPN has repeatedly proven effective anti-censorship tools, allowing people to find trustworthy news sources and access obstructed content.

    To make Proton VPN’s anti-censorship features even more accessible, we made it possible to log in to the Android app without creating an account. Now you can log in and use the Proton VPN Android app for free without entering any credentials (i.e. you can “continue as guest”):

    Together with the constant expansion of our infrastructure (over 6000 servers in close to 100 countries), we believe that this will help our privacy-first VPN service reach those who need it the most more efficiently than ever.

    Thank you for your support,

    The Proton Team

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    Proton VPN: Free servers in 5 more countries holding elections in 2024

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    Hi everyone,

    This year, over 60 countries — home to half of the world's population — will hold national elections. As we've seen time and time again, VPNs have proven effective anti-censorship tools, allowing people to find trustworthy news sources and access obstructed content.

    To ensure people can access accurate information before they cast their vote, we have decided to provide free Proton VPN servers in countries with a history of censorship or political interference in the weeks leading up to the elections: https://protonvpn.com/blog/free-servers-before-elections. Today, we’re expanding this list to 5 more countries.

    The servers will be switched from paid to free for the period of the election.

    List of countries holding elections this year where Proton VPN will provide free servers:

    • Rwanda
    • Syria (newly added)
    • Venezuela
    • Algeria
    • Jordan (newly added)
    • Brazil (newly added)
    • Mozambique
    • Somaliland
    • Mauritius
    • Uzbekistan (newly added)
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tunisia (newly added)

    List of countries that already held elections (or are about to hold them), where Proton VPN provided free servers:

    • Cambodia
    • Indonesia
    • Pakistan
    • Senegal
    • Turkey
    • Togo
    • Chad
    • Mauritania (free servers currently available)

    Since we launched Proton VPN Observatory, we have documented spikes in Proton VPN signups in real-time (most recently in Kenya), making it an effective measurement of anti-censorship activity in response to various crises worldwide.

    We believe this, along with expanding our server infrastructure to include over 6,000 servers in close to 100 countries and making Proton VPN more accessible to users globally, will help make the use of the internet more free and unrestricted globally.

    Thank you for your support,

    The Proton Team

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    Proton Pass is now available on macOS, Safari, and Linux
  • EDIT: We're aware of an issue trying with trying to install both Proton Mail and Proton Pass desktop applications on Linux, thanks for your patience! In the meantime, this can be resolved with the following:

    sudo rpm -i --force ProtonPass_1.17.5.rpm

  • Proton Pass is now available on macOS, Safari, and Linux

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    We are pleased to announce that desktop apps for macOS (including a highly requested Safari extension) and Linux are now available, completing our top voted feature request and bringing Proton Pass to all devices: https://proton.me/blog/proton-pass-all-devices

    Proton Pass is an open source identity manager, protected by end-to-end encryption, audited by third parties, and backed by strict Swiss privacy laws.

    Offline Support

    All desktop apps include offline support on paid plans.

    Other features

    Proton Pass is packed with features to help keep you secure, at home or at work.

    • Unlimited passwords on all your devices
    • Unlimited hide-my-email aliases
    • Integrated 2FA authenticator
    • Secure vault sharing
    • Dark web monitoring
    • Password health reports
    • Passkey support
    • Encrypted notes

    Limited time deal $10/ year

    Upgrade to Proton Pass Plus by June 16 for only $10* for your first year (discounted from $23.88).

    Follow this link to get the deal: https://account.proton.me/pass/signup?&coupon=DPROMO

    *Offer available only for free or new Proton Pass users.

    What’s next?

    Biometric support is coming soon. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!

    You can also share, vote on, and discuss feature requests on User Voice. Thank you, as always, for your feedback and support.

    Proton Team

    EDIT: We're aware of an issue trying with trying to install both Proton Mail and Proton Pass desktop applications on Linux, thanks for your patience! In the meantime, this can be resolved with the following:

    sudo rpm -i --force ProtonPass_1.17.5.rpm

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    The beta rollout of Private Access Sharing for users on the Visionary plan

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    Hi everyone,

    We are starting the beta rollout of a new feature on Proton Drive: Private Access Sharing. This feature builds on how sharing currently works on Drive by allowing you to share directly using email addresses. For now, it will be available for the Visionary users who have beta access turned on over the next few days.

    Now share directly via email

    Private Access Sharing allows you to share files and folders directly with specific individuals via their email addresses, providing you with enhanced control and security over your shared content. With this feature, you can:

    • Share securely: Enter email addresses to share files with specific individuals.
    • Assign viewer or editor permissions: Control who can view or edit your files.
    • Revoke access or change permissions: Stay in control of your files at all times.

    Proton Drive will continue to support public link sharing alongside private access sharing.

    How to Use Private Access Sharing:

    1. Select files or folders: Choose the files or folders you want to share from your Proton Drive.
    2. Add recipients: Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with.
    3. Set permissions: Assign viewer or editor permissions.
    4. Send securely: Recipients get an email with a secure link to access the shared files.
    5. Manage access: Revoke or change permissions as needed.

    !Proton Drive: How to Use Private Access Sharing

    During the beta phase, your recipient also needs to be on the beta version to access the items shared with them. They can turn this on via the quick settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner.

    Files shared with you via Private Access Sharing will appear in the new Shared with me section.

    We invite our Visionary users to try it out and share your thoughts. Your feedback will help us ensure that this feature meets your expectations.

    Stay secure,

    The Proton Drive Team

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    The new, rewritten Proton Mail Android app is now available to everyone!
  • Only because of the bridge, which is handling the encryption part. That works on Mac as well as on Linux also.

    However an integration to 3rd party clients without such an encryption layer (Bridge) doesn't work.

  • The new, rewritten Proton Mail Android app is now available to everyone!

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    Hi everyone,

    We're happy to announce that the new, rewritten Proton Mail Android app is now available to all Proton users on the Google Play store!

    For everyone on de-Googled Android devices, you can find the APK file here.

    We’ve improved performance and reliability, with up to a 5x reduction in crashes since we started rolling out the updated version. Since the first beta, we’ve added back key features:

    🗒️ create and manage your contact group lists

    🔑 send password-protected emails (i.e. protect your communication with non-Proton accounts)

    💣 set an expiration date to your emails

    🗓️ jump directly from your inbox to your Proton Calendar

    🌗 switch between light and dark mode

    🔒 protect the app with biometric lock

    This development provides a solid foundation for delivering new features faster in the future.

    We’re looking forward to your feedback, and we’re keeping an eye on our UserVoice to help us decide which features to prioritize next.

    Best,

    The Proton Team

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    Top blog posts April 2024

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    We’re back with the most popular blogs from last month:

    💜 We have joined forces with r/StandardNotes! In the coming months, we hope to find ways to make Standard Notes more easily accessible to the Proton community.

    🎭 In case you missed it, Proton now alerts you if an online service you’re registered for with a Proton Mail address has had a data breach or has been hacked. In the meantime, in early May, we have also implemented a similar service for your Proton Pass aliases and passwords.

    🔑 Speaking of passwords, passkeys have remained a big topic: we’ve discussed the Big Tech’s implementation of them, as well as whether they’ll completely replace passwords in the future.

    As usual, you were interested in practical matters too, like: 📱 how to create an email account without the phone number verification, 💧 what to do if your data leaks, and 🧩 how to protect yourself from social engineering.

    We’ve also analyzed several services’ privacy practices closely. You have been most interested in how Whatsapp treats your photos, and the security of Google Chrome’s password manager and iCloud Keychain.

    We’ll keep rounding up top blog articles each month for you to make sure you’re all caught up on the latest news and tips. You can follow our blog here (we have an RSS feed, too), and we welcome all your suggestions about what we should write about next! Let us know in the comments below.

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    Proton Pass Monitor is now available — dark web scanning, password health and inactive 2FA

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone,

    We’re happy to announce that the 2nd highest-voted feature request is rolling out this week — Proton Pass Monitor.

    Proton Pass Monitor keeps your data safe with dark web monitoring, checking for weak and reused passwords, scanning for accounts with inactive 2FA, and providing easy access to Proton Sentinel.

    You can also check out the following support articles:

    https://proton.me/support/what-is-pass-monitor https://proton.me/support/how-to-use-pass-monitor

    Let us know what you think! As always, we appreciate your support and feedback.

    — Proton Team

    P.S. We also want to give a huge shoutout to u/Alfondorion who (along with many others) suggested the name.

    It may take a little time for Proton Pass Monitor to become available on all platforms, thanks for your patience!

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    Dark Web Monitoring helps you stay safe from cyber threats

    From the team:

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    Hey everyone!

    As of today, Dark Web Monitoring is available to all paying users of Proton Mail. Proton alerts you if an online service you’re registered for has had a data breach or has been hacked: https://proton.me/blog/dark-web-monitoring

    Proton Dark web monitoring (imgur video link, as the file was too big to upload to lemmy)

    To get started, open the Security Center in the Proton Mail web app, or go to Settings>Security and privacy: https://proton.me/support/dark-web-monitoring

    We look forward to your feedback!

    The Proton Team

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    Proton and Standard Notes are joining forces

    from the team:

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    Hi everyone, This is Andy, Proton founder/CEO here. I just wanted to share the news that Standard Notes and Proton are joining forces.

    This was an idea that people from both the Proton and Standard Notes communities have brought up repeatedly over the years, and after discussing it with Mo, the founder of Standard Notes, we both felt it was a good idea.

    Both Proton and Standard Notes have unique shared values. We are both community-driven, not VC-financed, and committed to open-source. By joining forces, we hope to deliver more valuable services to both the Proton and Standard Notes user communities. A bit more about this on the Proton blog here.

    As always, thanks for your support as we continue to fight for a more private internet, now with even more people on the team!

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    Proton Drive 2024 blog articles: File storage tips

    from the team:

    Hi, everyone,

    If you haven’t visited our blog recently, here’s an overview of the Drive-related articles published in the last three months:

    ➕Thinking about a spring cleaning for your devices? We can help.

    📦 Data backup is vital for businesses and individuals alike: In case something happens to your primary computer, you always have a copy of your data to fall back on. To make sure you’re backing up properly, we recommend following the 3-2-1 backup rule.

    👪 Whether it’s photos or documents, it’s always good to know how to share files safely.

    ❌ Still using Dropbox? We’ve taken a closer look at their privacy policy and their security so far, and we recommend that you delete your account.

    ⏩ Finding it difficult to leave Google Drive behind? Here’s a tip how to provide additional protection to your files there. And once you’re ready to delete your files there, here are tips to make sure they are deleted: https://proton.me/blog/how-to-delete-files-from-google-drive.

    You can follow our blog here (we have an RSS feed, too), and we welcome all your suggestions about what we should write about next! Let us know in the comments below.

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    March 2024 Proton VPN tips

    from the team:

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    Hi, everyone, If you haven’t visited the Proton VPN blog recently, here’s an overview of the posts published in March:

    ▶️ Best YouTube alternatives There’s no doubt that YouTube has forever changed the online entertainment landscape. But your YouTube habits are profiled and combined with your search history, Gmail metadata, photo metadata, how you use your Android phone, and much more to profile you and target you with ever more personalized ads. So, we did some research into what other services you could use as a replacement for it.

    🎦 Open source Zoom alternatives that respect your privacy Zoom became a household name during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the confidence in the platform wavered in the face of privacy and security concerns, so we provided a list of privacy-first alternatives.

    ⚙️What is private DNS and should you use it with a VPN? We look at what private DNS is, how it can help protect your privacy, and how to enable it on your device, but also why you shouldn’t use it with VPN.

    Additionally, many of you have been interested in our initiative to provide free VPN to users in countries with upcoming elections, particularly in countries with a history of online censorship. Make sure to also check our predictions for this year regarding this subject. You can follow our blog here: https://protonvpn.com/blog/

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