ProtonVPN are the first VPN Service Provider to go open source, and this is huge news for the VPN community, and I am privileged to be one of the first to know about it!
For those interested in VPN’s this will come as quite a shock. It was announced at 3PM CET on 21st January 2020 that ProtonVPN are the first VPN Provider to fully release its source code on all platforms, and conduct an independent security audit.
I have always praised ProtonVPN for its service, support, and expertise when it comes to online privacy, as you know they offer a very well trusted VPN service, and secured communication client known as ProtonMail. – which is my personal choice as the number 1 email service available.
ProtonVPN becomes the first fully open source and audited VPN.
From the start, ProtonVPN set out to be the most transparent and accountable VPN provider in a crowded space. Today the company is reaffirming this commitment by being the first VPN provider to release its source code on all platforms and conduct an independent security audit. ProtonVPN is the only VPN to do so, even though experts say this is a crucial factor in deciding whether to trust a VPN service.
Links to the code repositories and the security audit reports can be found in the company’s announcement blog post: https://protonvpn.com/blog/open-source – This is AMAZING!!
Security researchers have repeatedly flagged the VPN market — particularly free apps — as rife with surreptitious data sharing, poor implementations, and security lapses. About one in five Android apps have been found to contain viruses and malware. This is especially troubling for a tool designed to improve privacy and security.
Who is ProtonVPN?
ProtonVPN was created in 2017 by a team of former CERN scientists who saw the need for a more secure and trustworthy VPN service. The team has deep experience with security from operating ProtonMail, the world’s largest encrypted email service with over 20 million users, including many journalists and activists from around the world. Since then, ProtonVPN, which offers a free service as well as paid plans, has been downloaded by millions of people and serves as an important tool for Internet freedom in places like Iran, China, and Russia.
Watch ProtonVPN review
I have already reviewed both the ProtonVPN and ProtonMail services as a complete Online Privacy solution, you can watch it below.
If you are interested in becoming a ProtonVPN customer for just $5 a month, which will give access to worldwide servers, with faster speeds in comparison to the free version, you can claim any discounts available by using this link.
What does ProtonVPN going open source actually mean?
Open source software is more trustworthy than proprietary software because it can be independently scrutinized, and potential vulnerabilities are quickly identified and resolved. ProtonVPN also worked with renowned security firm SEC Consult on a full security audit, which verified the security of Proton’s software.
“VPN services can technically access some very sensitive user data, which is why users should choose services with a track record for transparency and security, This trust must be earned, and by publishing our code, we hope to demonstrate our commitment towards always going above and beyond when it comes to security and putting users first.”Dr. Andy Yen, CEO and Founder of Proton.
Revolutionising the VPN scene
So, with the announcement of ProtonVPN becoming the first VPN service to fully open source and audit their code and practice, this could bring big changes to the VPN community.
In light of this, it is possible that other VPN services will follow suit. Following the recent news of the VPN Trust Initiative, we are seeing more services come together to offer transparency and trust in providing a VPN service, but will they follow in the footsteps of ProtonVPN and offer complete transparency by sharing its code and conduct security audits.
This could be the end of malicious attacks through VPN vulnerabilities, and we are excited to share the big announcement, and in my eyes, a big achievement for such a successful and welcoming VPN partner.
It’s time to STOP using a FREE VPN
Whilst you think using a FREE VPN is protecting your activity, in actual fact, it could present more problems than it offers a solution. Most FREE VPN apps available on the app stores, are rebrands of a common Android source code, using free servers that are completely saturated with users.
In addition to the slow speeds, you may also want to check the T+C’s, because my guess, is they are already sharing and selling your data to earn additional revenue to the ads that are bombarded in these apps.
With the level of trust, and transparency that ProtonVPN offer, in addition to their fast VPN speeds, reliable and secure worldwide servers, and from an expert company based in Switzerland, who are HEAVILY focused on privacy laws, you can have the confidence of hiding your activity, stop ISP’s and other prying eyes from spying on you, and your activities online.
ProtonVPN offer a basic package for just $5 a month, which is considerably cheap, when we see other popular VPN services charge in excess of $10 per month for a subscription.
Watch 3 Reasons why you should STOP using a FEE VPN in 2020
As a follower of VPN news, I am excited to share this big announcement, and welcome the honest and transparent future of ProtonVPN, and so should you.
Let me know in the comments section, what VPN are you using to protect your online privacy?