Proton, a privateness startup greatest identified for its Proton Mail encrypted e mail service, has simply introduced that its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service is obtainable beginning as we speak as an Android and iOS app. Proton Drive is obtainable in each free and paid tiers, providing customers a method to securely add, retailer, and share information immediately from their cellular units.
Proton Drive’s end-to-end encryption ensures that solely the person and the folks they share with can entry information — not even Proton itself can entry the info with out your permission. Customers can ship folders and information to anybody through sharing hyperlinks (together with non-Proton customers) with choices for passwords and expiration dates. Entry may be revoked at any time, and metadata is encrypted, together with file and folder names, creation dates, and thumbnails. You too can sync and preview information via the Proton Drive cellular apps.
The free model of Proton Drive offers 1GB of free cloud storage, which may be upgraded to 200GB of storage for $3.99 a month as a standalone subscription, or 500GB through the Proton Unlimited plan for $9.99 a month, which additionally contains 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 outdoors US and EU jurisdiction and isn’t topic to intelligence-sharing agreements like Five Eyes or Fourteen Eyes. The Swiss Structure does embrace information processing rules (Article 13), although it ought to be famous that some Swiss regulation solely applies to Swiss residents. Different privateness protections such because the revised Swiss Data Protection Act (revDPA) nevertheless, can supply some protections for folks residing outdoors of Switzerland.
“Whereas there have all the time been apps to add and retailer information in your telephone, they supply poor privateness, and information leaks from cellular units are frequent,” 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 obtainable.”
Proton (to not be confused with the Linux compatibility layer of the same name) first launched Proton Drive for the net earlier this 12 months, and claims that images comprise round 50 % of the a million information uploaded to the service thus far.