Proton, a privateness startup finest recognized for its Proton Mail encrypted electronic mail service, has simply introduced that its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service is accessible beginning immediately as an Android and iOS app. Proton Drive is accessible in each free and paid tiers, providing customers a solution to securely add, retailer, and share recordsdata immediately from their cellular gadgets.
Proton Drive’s end-to-end encryption ensures that solely the person and the folks they share with can entry recordsdata — not even Proton itself can entry the information with out your permission. Customers can ship folders and recordsdata to anybody through sharing hyperlinks (together with non-Proton customers) with choices for passwords and expiration dates. Entry could be revoked at any time, and metadata is encrypted, together with file and folder names, creation dates, and thumbnails. It’s also possible to sync and preview recordsdata by the Proton Drive cellular apps.
The free model of Proton Drive offers 1GB of free cloud storage, which could be upgraded to 200GB of storage for $3.99 a month as a standalone subscription, or 500GB through the Proton Limitless plan for $9.99 a month, which additionally consists of Proton Mail, Proton Calendar, and Proton VPN. There’s no restrict to file sizes.
And since Proton is predicated in Switzerland, the corporate claims that Proton Drive falls exterior US and EU jurisdiction and isn’t topic to intelligence-sharing agreements like 5 Eyes or Fourteen Eyes. The Swiss Structure does embody information processing laws (Article 13), although it must be famous that some Swiss legislation solely applies to Swiss residents. Different privateness protections such because the revised Swiss Information Safety Act (revDPA) nonetheless, can supply some protections for folks residing exterior of Switzerland.
“Whereas there have at all times been apps to add and retailer recordsdata in your telephone, they supply poor privateness, and information leaks from cellular gadgets are widespread,” mentioned Proton CEO Andy Yen in a press launch. “Proton Drive brings end-to-end encrypted file storage to iOS and Android and aligns with Proton’s mission to make sure that privateness instruments are straightforward to make use of and freely out there.”
Proton (to not be confused with the Linux compatibility layer of the identical title) first launched Proton Drive for the online earlier this 12 months, and claims that photographs comprise round 50 % of the a million recordsdata uploaded to the service to date.