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After ProtonMail, ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive are accessible via Tor

 

After ProtonMail, ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive are accessible via Tor

ProtonMail has announced the arrival of two of its flagship features, ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive, on its Tor site.

In addition, account creation was added to the site and the company reiterated its support for the Tor project by contributing financially.

Improved onion service

Since 2017, ProtonMail has had a .onion site, i.e. a site accessible only via the Tor network. The aim was to pre-emptively circumvent censorship by some governments, which proved beneficial since the service has since been blocked in Turkey, Belarus and Russia. If it is possible to visit a website using its usual URL via Tor, using the onion versions of the services has several advantages. Browsing is more anonymized, as traffic does not leave the Tor network, and more secure. But until then, features present on the common version of ProtonMail were missing from its onion service.

A gap now filled, following a big update announced on April 20. End-to-end encrypted calendar and cloud storage capabilities – ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive, respectively – are now accessible and usable from the company's onion service. Also, the design of the site has been redesigned to match that of the classic web application.

ProtonMail provides financial support to the Tor project

Another major improvement is that Tor users can now create a ProtonMail account directly on the onion version of the service. With this addition, probably the most important, it is possible to use all the secure messaging without having to access the classic web application.

But the company didn't stop there. She also supported her support for the Tor Project, which she called a "vital tool in the fight against censorship," by becoming a "Green Onion" member. This term refers to organizations that donate between $10,000 and $49,999 per year for the development of the project. In return, they benefit from the advice of project members to integrate Tor into their services. Advice that ProtonMail intends to take advantage of, and which will serve, according to the company, to "improve the experience on Proton web applications via Tor".

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