UPDATE 11 October 2021: We are now using Let’s Encrypt(new window) as the Certificate Authority that verifies the SSL certificates used to secure the Proton Mail and Proton VPN web sites. For more information on this, and for instructions on how to check the validity of our certificate, please see Proton Mail’s TLS/SSL Certificate(new window).
Last week, we underwent the process of fortifying our SSL certificates. As part of our effort to provide the highest level of security and privacy to our users, we have upgraded every single certificate that we use.
The new SSL certificates have several marked improvements over the previous ones.
- All certificates now use the highest strength 4096-bit RSA
- proton.me now uses an Extended Validation certificate
- All certificates are now hashed using the stronger SHA256 algorithm
These changes can already be seen when you visit Proton Mail by the presence of a green bar in the URL.
Our new certificates are issued by SwissSign(new window) which is a wholly owned by Swiss Post, a public institution owned by the Swiss Confederation and not under US or EU control.
In addition to the new certificates, we have also implemented much stronger SSL encryption. The SSL encryption algorithms we support now provide Perfect Forward Secrecy(new window) and our servers are now configured to always use the strongest possible encryption for client connections. As a result, Proton Mail is graded A+ on our SSL report.
To learn how to manually verify your connection to Proton Mail to avoid a MITM attack(new window), you can view our knowledge base article on this topic here(new window).
We are committed to your security and privacy online and in the future you can look forward to further improvements.