ProtonMail Launches Tor Onion Site to Evade State Censorship

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail has launched its own onion address, allowing users to access the service over the Tor anonymizing network (via TechCrunch).

The Swiss-based email account provider, which has more than 2 million users, said the measure was aimed at defending against state-sponsored censorship, and pointed to recent moves around the world to block encrypted communications and expand surveillance.

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ProtonMail said it was worried about increased attacks on online privacy, such as encryption messaging app Signal being blocked in Egypt, and the UK passing expansive surveillance legislation which mandates tracking of web activity.

The service also reported a bump in registrations following President-Elect Donald Trump's election win, with web users said to be seeking a non-U.S. based secure email provider in case of a broad expansion of online surveillance activity.
"Given ProtonMail's recent growth, we realize that the censorship of ProtonMail in certain countries is inevitable and we are proactively working to prevent this," said co-founder Andy Yen in a statement on the launch. "Tor provides a way to circumvent certain Internet blocks so improving our compatibility with Tor is a natural first step."
ProtonMail can now be reached over the Tor network directly using the onion address https://protonirockerxow.onion. The provider has also posted instructions on how to access the site on iOS devices, although it is currently looking into problems with access via the free Onion Browser app.

ProtonMail is a free download for iPad and iPhone on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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25 months ago
I wish Apple would do something similar. Maybe with an included VPN.

Oh and with reasonable storage subscriptions.
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ProtonMail, the choice of preference for terrorists and crooks worldwide.....


Such systems are also valued by researchers, lawyers, dissidents and people that generally value their privacy and or want to protect against espionage.
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25 months ago

Yes, but on the other hand, starting tomorrow, Donald Trump will have the power to read your email. :eek:


How will that be any different to what Obama's been doing?
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25 months ago

How will that be any different to what Obama's been doing?


It would be exactly the same, but with Obama replaced by a petty, vindictive, intolerant, ill-tempered, shameless, unhinged, corrupt proto fascist, who seems to have a real, real problem with dissenting voices.
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25 months ago

ProtonMail, the choice of preference for terrorists and crooks worldwide.....


Yes, but on the other hand, starting tomorrow, Donald Trump will have the power to read your email. :eek:
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25 months ago

Yes, but on the other hand, starting tomorrow, Donald Trump will have the power to read your email. :eek:

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Like Obama has been doing for eight years
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25 months ago

It would be exactly the same, but with Obama replaced by a petty, vindictive, intolerant, ill-tempered, shameless, unhinged, corrupt proto fascist, who seems to have a real, real problem with dissenting voices.


So you'd rather have a dear leader that is corrupt, lying, deceiving, murdering by drones (including US citizens without a trial), surveillance state expanding, cold war reigniting, race baiting, clueless about economics, never had a real job nor business before politics, and whistle-blower prosecuting as long as he is smooth talking and sweet jiving? Oh the letter D after names erases all the faults, right?
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25 months ago

ProtonMail, the choice of preference for terrorists and crooks worldwide.....


Save a thought for folks living under the panoptic control of authoritarian regimes that routinely shut down any channel that enables "dissent".

Coming to a country near you.
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25 months ago

ProtonMail, the choice of preference for terrorists and crooks worldwide.....


Have to disagree there. Crooks (beyond petty crooks) and terrorists wouldn't trust a e-mail holding site like ProtonMail, because the messages are just stored there (a honeypot for govt surveillance) - cause eventually the govts are going to get in or get a copy and decode it 15 years from now.

Terrorists in particular know to use encrypted chats that do not store messages or encryption keys on servers. You could take ProtonMail and Signal away and the (really) bad guys would still find or create their own encrypted chat systems that would be secure...it would only prevent normal people from having privacy in their communications.

ProtonMail is for normal folks that want some privacy in their communications - its not fail safe. Signal gives a higher level of privacy / security for communications. The bad guys will always have their own ways of doing things, regardless of ProtonMail or Signal. JMHO...
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25 months ago

It would be exactly the same, but with Obama replaced by a petty, vindictive, intolerant, ill-tempered, shameless, unhinged, corrupt proto fascist, who seems to have a real, real problem with dissenting voices.


I really like what I've seen of him so far. Upsetting the hand wringers is just icing on the cake.
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25 months ago
This should be in the PRSI section, took only 2 post to make this a Trump/Obama thread.
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