We believe a better world starts with privacy and digital freedom

Proton was born in Switzerland in 2014 when a team of scientists who met at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) decided to build a better internet where privacy is the default.
CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and Proton.

It started with the World Wide Web

Ever since it was created at CERN in 1991, the World Wide Web has revolutionized our lives. However, for many of us, the only way to benefit from the internet today is to hand over vast amounts of personal data to companies that prioritize profits over privacy. In many parts of the world, governments abuse this data to limit the freedom of their citizens.

Proton provides free, privacy-focused services to everyone.

We created Proton to provide an alternative

Proton was born out of a desire to build an internet that puts people before profits, create a world where everyone is in control of their digital lives, and make digital freedom a reality.

In this new world, you can communicate with whomever you want, protect your data and identity, avoid having your data sold, and safeguard against cybercrime.

Internet for the people, by the people

About Proton AG

We launched Proton in the summer of 2014 after a successful public crowdfunding campaign in which over 10,000 individuals donated over $500,000 to bring our shared vision to life. Since then, Proton has grown to become the world's leading privacy company, used by millions globally, but we have never forgotten our humble beginnings. Proton services are operated by Proton AG, a Swiss corporation whose primary shareholder is the non-profit Proton Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Proton exists to serve the world. We do not have venture capital investors, and our non-profit structure requires us to permanently put people before profits while protecting against takeover attempts. Our first and only obligation is always to the Proton community, not advertisers or other third parties. We do not compromise your trust by selling your data and never will. We are committed to fighting for privacy and freedom online and will always stand up to defend an internet that serves the interests of all people.

TED talk

Our online data is more than just a collection of ones and zeros. It contains our lives, our stories, our friends, our families, and our hopes and aspirations.