How Big Tech monetizes the whole internet, not just their own platforms

The saying goes that if you aren’t paying for a product, you are the product. As a Facebook, Google, or Twitter user, it’s easy to think of yourself as the customer. But there’s a reason why you get access to these attractive and user-friendly services for free.  These companies make money by spying on you, …

Proton is secure against batch GCD attacks

This summer, we conducted a security audit to determine whether Proton is susceptible to an attack against public key cryptography, known as a batch GCD attack. As a result of our analysis, we can confirm that none of our users is vulnerable to this attack. The attack exploits faulty sources of randomness when it comes …

ProtonMail launches Import Assistant for quick email migration

We’re happy to announce that you can now use Import Assistant in beta to safely transfer your messages and folders to ProtonMail’s end-to-end encrypted email service.  Import Assistant is initially accessible to all ProtonMail users with paid plans directly from the web app and it requires no installation or download. In the future, it will …

Centralized vs peer-to-peer (P2P) file storage

In 2017, hackers stole the private financial records of some 156 million people from servers belonging to Equifax, while the 2018 Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed how personal data belonging to up to 87 million Facebook users was harvested without their consent. A litany of high-profile data breaches has led to a growth of interest in …

The US congressional antitrust report is a win for privacy

Late Tuesday night, a US congressional subcommittee investigating the major tech companies for anti-competitive practices released its much-anticipated report. The document, over 400 pages long, describes an internet that is highly centralized around gigantic platforms that abuse their monopoly power to the detriment of internet users. This report by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, …

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