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ProtonMail's new free VPN won't 'abuse user trust' like Google and Facebook

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:47 am

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ProtonMail has officially launched its first new standalone service, three years after the company’s original encrypted email service went to market.

With ProtonVPN, the Swiss company is doubling down on its privacy-focused smarts with a new virtual private network (VPN) service. A beta version of ProtonVPN was quietly rolled out back in March, and after several months of testing and iteration the service is now ready for prime time.

By way of a quick recap, ProtonMail was founded out of CERN in 2013, and after a period in beta the company launched its encrypted email service globally last March, with the promise of client-side encryption for all. Since then, the company has added two-factor authentication (2FA) to its service, and as of January this year it also supports Tor.

VPNs have been popular tools in the online world for years, helping internet users cloak their true location so they can access services usually restricted to other regions, while also enhancing their privacy. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory last year, a number of VPN and encrypted messaging services reported a surge in downloads, as many saw the incoming government as a threat to online privacy and general internet freedoms.

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