As governments around the world continue to whine about how encryption is hampering law enforcement, it’s good to see there are lots of options for protecting our online communications. ProtonVPN, made by the same CERN and MIT team that created the secure email service ProtonMail, is now available to everyone following a beta testing period.
As all communications are encrypted from end-to-end and the providers don’t hold any data or keys, there’s no way your information can be handed over to authorities unless they access your device or you hand it over.
ProtonVPN passes all user traffic to privacy-friendly countries such as Switzerland or Iceland so, even if their main servers are compromised, all that is accessible is encrypted data. ProtonVPN’s developers say they don’t hold any logs either. So, even if subpoenaed, they don’t have any data to hand over.
One of the comments made in my recent look at iOS VPN clients was that one of the clients, Wangle, stored logs. It’s a legitimate concern. However, I’m glad they state that they do hold the logs as it’s not always clear with some providers.
ProtonVPN’s approach of passing all data through “safe” countries first looks to be a solid approach.
There’s a free pricing tier but it looks like you’ll need at least US$4 per month in order to get decent performance. There are pricing tiers all the way to US$24 per month for ten devices with access to their mail service as well.