Proton, the Switzerland-based company that specializes in providing ultra-secure services, has recently introduced its new cloud data storage service, including a 1 GB plan for free. The company first introduced its secure webmail service, including end-to-end encryption, eight years ago, followed by Proton VPN in 2017, and now Proton Drive cloud storage. During that time Proton has established a stellar reputation for providing users with ultra-secure services that, in terms of security and privacy, are far superior to mainstream alternatives.
There is also a Proton Unlimited plan costing $9.99US per month ($119.88US per annum) which includes 500GB of data storage and consolidates all Proton services, including full access to all Proton Mail and Proton VPN features, into a single package. Individually the cost of all Proton’s services per month adds up to almost $14.00 so the Unlimited plan at $9.95 per month, including additional cloud storage and other advanced features, is a darn good deal.
“Proton Drive’s rigorous encryption goes beyond all other secure cloud solutions. End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, not even us, can access your files. Files, file names, folder names, and more, are all fully encrypted at rest and in transit to the secure cloud“.
- View more details: Proton Secure Cloud Storage & File Sharing
Proton Drive Free
Now, 1 GB is not a lot of data, it certainly won’t support storing image backups or any large files, but it should be more than adequate for most users to back up their important documents and photos. The main reason I’m bringing this new service to your attention is for the benefit of those users who still have concerns over trusting cloud storage services with the safety of their personal data. Proton’s entire business model has always been predicated on providing the very best security/privacy possible and the company’s record in that area should allay any such concerns.
“We believe in trust through transparency. Proton Drive is open source, so anyone can verify that our encrypted cloud storage works as described. Proton Drive is also routinely audited for privacy and security by independent third-party experts“.
Proton Drive features easy file sharing including password-protected files and expiring links, as well as a sync function to ensure all your data is always backed up securely.
Now, I realize this article comes across somewhat like an ad for Proton but I can assure you that neither myself nor DCT has any affiliation whatsoever with the Proton company. I am merely a Proton Mail user and, based on my dealings with Proton and their excellent reputation, I am confident in their ability to provide enhanced security/privacy for their users and have absolutely no problem recommending their services.