Proton, the Swiss company best known for its private webmail service ProtonMail, has released mobile apps on Android and iOS for its new cloud storage service. Called Proton Drive, the privacy-focused, encrypted cloud storage service was originally announced back in September, but was only available as a web app via a browser. At the launch, the company said the service has been in development for more than three years, and around 450,000 people are said to have participated in the Proton Drive beta. During that time, the encryption model was reportedly refined and developed to offer what the company says is the “the most private and secure cloud storage service available today.”
Proton originally rose to fame nearly a decade ago after launching its end-to-end encrypted webmail service ProtonMail. Over the years, the service has become very popular with journalists seeking to protect the identity of their sources, human rights activists handling sensitive information, opposition politicians under oppressive regimes, and activists who need privacy. for them and their missions. Along with webmail and cloud storage, Proton also offers a VPN service that also claims to provide the same level of privacy as its other services. As of December 7, 2022, Proton VPN operates 1862 servers in 67 countries.
Two months after launching privacy-focused cloud storage service Proton Drive on the web, Proton has finally released mobile apps for Android and iOS, making it easy for people to upload data to the cloud from their mobile device. According to Proton, the apps will not only allow users to securely upload, save and share files to and from their iPhone or Android devices, but also seamlessly access them across multiple platforms, all while enjoying the protection of encryption. end to end.
Proton Drive Android and iOS Apps
Proton Drive users get free storage up to 1GB, but users can upgrade to 200GB for $3.99 per month. Users can also choose the Proton Unlimited combo plan which costs $9.99 per month and includes ProtonMail, Proton Calendar, and Proton VPN. According to Proton, all files and folders uploaded to Proton Drive will be protected by the company’s publicly audited and open source end-to-end encryption. In addition, on-device encryption will be automatic and the keys will be controlled by the user, which means that neither Proton nor any third party will have access to any unencrypted user content.
The mobile apps will also offer users offline access to their files in places with weak or non-existent data networks. To do this, users will need to enable offline access to a file or folder to encrypt and save it to the device, and it can only be accessed through the Proton Drive app. The company says this will offer users full access to their files without compromising privacy and security. Proton it also claims that since its servers are located in Switzerland, it is not subject to specific US and EU intelligence sharing agreements, thus offering greater privacy to its users.
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