No matter if you want to spend your money on Proton VPN or if you already subscribe, know that you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll go over the most critical Proton VPN updates and developments that have happened recently. As you’re about to see, this VPN is quick to evolve, bringing new features every couple of months. So, let's dive right in!
This article focuses on listing and briefly explaining Proton VPN’s latest updates and new features, letting you stay on top of what’s new. However, if you need a deeper look into everything this VPN offers, make sure to check our ProtonVPN review.
MAY 2022 - Proton VPN Steps Into the Future With a Design Refresh & Other Changes
ProtonVPN (now branded as "Proton VPN") has announced a slate of changes that will affect the VPN's relationship with other Proton-based services in the future. More precisely, the VPN has received a new visual identity, slight changes to its interface, and a simplified pricing structure.
More precisely, Proton VPN remains dedicated to its core values. That means we're still talking about a highly secure, independent, and transparent VPN service. All of the existing features are still present, and you can expect plenty more to come in the second half of 2022.
With that said, Proton VPN now has a more direct relationship with other Proton services, like Proton Mail, Proton Calendar, and Proton Drive. If you want to access all of them at once, there's now a subscription that unifies the entire lineup of services.
APRIL 2022 - ProtonVPN Gets Port Forwarding on Windows
If you're familiar with downloading P2P files, you understand the importance of port forwarding. More precisely, you know that port forwarding can help you connect to other P2P users, which means you can increase your download and upload rates.
With that said, know that ProtonVPN has announced that port forwarding is now available through its Windows app. To enable the feature, go to Settings > Advanced > Port Forwarding. Then, you can configure your torrent client to use the port shown in the ProtonVPN app.
We'll also remind you that ProtonVPN has a wide range of servers optimized for torrenting. So, make sure to use those when you download data via P2P.
APRIL 2022 - ProtonVPN's No-Logs Policy Goes Through an External Audit
Being a highly transparent VPN service, ProtonVPN goes through regular audits. The latest one was done by Securitum, a leading European security auditing company that oversees more than 300 testing projects every year.
Without any surprise, the results of the audit confirmed that ProtonVPN is a highly secure VPN service. The audit identified one low-severity vulnerability while also providing nine general recommendations. That means no high-risk vulnerabilities were identified.
Lastly, it's important to mention that ProtonVPN's apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android were tested. Therefore, there were no stones left unturned.
OCTOBER 2021 – WireGuard Comes to ProtonVPN
During the last year, we’ve seen a number of high-profile VPNs adopt the WireGuard protocol, which comes with many promises. With that said, following the steps of Surfshark, TorGuard, NordVPN, and Private Internet Access, ProtonVPN is the latest VPN service to focus on this all-new protocol.
As per ProtonVPN’s explanation, WireGuard brings faster-than-ever speeds, even when using highly remote VPN servers. Also, this protocol reduces the CPU load required to process it, which results in a performance boost and longer battery life (when using it on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop).
WireGuard is already available for all ProtonVPN users on Windows, macOS, Android (including Android TV), iOS, and iPadOS. It comes with no extra charge, and it’s fully compatible with other ProtonVPN features (Secure Core servers, ad-blocking, IPv6 leak protection, and more).
OCTOBER 2021 – ProtonVPN’s Server Network Expands to 61 Countries
Over the last couple of years, ProtonVPN has been working on reaching new territories. It started out with a relatively small network, which is now present in 61 countries. The latest countries added to this VPN’s network are - the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, and Nigeria. Georgia will become available very soon as well.
It’s worth noting that ProtonVPN uses virtual servers in several countries as a way to minimize the risk associated with having servers in more sensitive locations. With that said, keep in mind that this VPN’s servers associated with the Philippines, Vietnam, and Cambodia are actually found in Singapore.
Lastly, keep in mind that ProtonVPN has several subscription tiers, giving you access to different types of server networks. If you want access to the entire network, you need to subscribe to this VPN’s 'Plus' plan.
JULY 2021 - ProtonVPN Introduces 'VPN Accelerator'
One of the strongest sides of ProtonVPN is its effort to innovate. With that said, know that a highly interesting and innovative feature launched in July 2021, called 'VPN Accelerator.' This is a group of technologies designed to optimize how your Web data is transferred via ProtonVPN’s servers, promising up to 400% faster performance.
Keep in mind that 'VPN Accelerator' is primarily designed for long-distance connections. It also works with WireGuard, OpenVPN, and IKEv2, and it’s already available across all of ProtonVPN’s supported devices. To learn more, head over to our news piece on ProtonVPN’s VPN Accelerator.
JANUARY 2021 – A New Tool (NetShield) Keeps Malware, Ads & More at Bay!
In January 2021, ProtonVPN introduced a set of highly interesting features grouped under an all-new tool called 'NetShield.' This tool comes with two additional layers of protection, with the first level preventing your Web browser from accessing potentially dangerous resources. Yes, we’re talking about malware, spyware, and other malicious software.
Then, the second layer is designed to block ads and digital trackers. ProtonVPN now comes with its own ad-blocker, creating a much safer and private Web browsing experience. Lastly, keep in mind that 'NetShield' is available on Android, iOS/iPadOS, macOS, Windows, and Linux.
DECEMBER 2020 - ProtonVPN Reaches Android TV
As you can imagine, ProtonVPN’s Android TV app is oriented toward unblocking streaming services, bringing a highly polished and modern design. Of course, ProtonVPN didn’t forget about privacy-protecting features, including DNS and IPv6 leak protection.
The newly launched Android TV app is available on devices running Android 5 and above. If you have a free account, you can connect to three countries (the USA, the Netherlands, and Japan). However, users of ProtonVPN’s Plus and Visionary plans will reap all of the app’s benefits, including servers optimized for media streaming platforms.
AUGUST 2020 - ProtonVPN Expands Its Servers to a Group of Countries in South America
Even though it doesn't have the most extensive server network, ProtonVPN comes with strategically placed servers, focusing on countries where digital privacy is at risk. With that said, ProtonVPN reached new countries in August 2020, setting up servers in Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Each of those countries received eight new VPN servers.
Besides helping its subscribers from Chile, Colombia, and Peru to access new servers, this VPN now allows everyone to get IP addresses associated with those countries. Lastly, keep in mind that this latest group of servers is only available for those using ProtonVPN’s paid plans.
JANUARY 2020 - Open-Source VPN Software and Independent Audit
Numerous VPN services claim not to collect personal data. However, we’ve seen many times before that VPNs can turn against their subscribers when pushed hard enough. That’s why we highly recommend going for a true no-logs VPN – which must have some kind of proof of its claims.
In January 2020, ProtonVPN decided to become as transparent as possible. Aside from making its software open-source, it also went through an independent audit. This was the VPN’s chance to show that it doesn’t collect any personal data – which turned out to be true.
So, what do you think about ProtonVPN? If you’re already a subscriber, make sure to share your thoughts below. And finally, thank you for reading!