Proton VPN is one of the apps that have been built out of the original privacy-first email service Proton Mail. Proton, the company behind the apps offers products that stick to some of the original ideas of freedom, openness, and ownership that fueled the early days of the internet before the major companies and platforms began harvesting all our data to sell to advertisers. As well as privacy, there are other notions from those early days that Proton seeks to protect such as being against censorship, which is the subject of a new update coming to Proton’s VPN service. Here is what you need to know.
Proton VPN has just announced a new VPN protocol called Stealth, which the company says will help to protect internet freedom by allowing users to bypass detection and therefore censorship attempts.
In the blog post announcing the new feature, Proton describes how some authoritarian governments have moved to block their citizens from having access to privacy-protecting products like Proton Mail, saying that the VPN service has been developed to help users bypass those attempts:
“With Proton VPN, people can bypass those blocks and continue using Proton Mail. Over the past few years, Proton VPN has become an essential tool, helping ensure the free flow of information for tens of millions of people during crises and wars around the world.”
Stealth builds onto this mission by adding an undetectable VPN protocol that is able to bypass most firewalls and VPN-blocking software to all Proton VPN plans. This means that even users of the Proton VPN Free Plan will be able to use Stealth to bypass even the most advanced attempts to censor their internet usage.
The new feature is already available for Proton VPN users on Android, macOS, and iOS. However, there has been no mention of when it will land on Windows devices.
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