27 votes

Russia blocks encrypted email service ProtonMail

12 comments

  1. ainar-g
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    It was only a matter of time. The next step will probably be widespread banning of the popular VPN providers.

    It was only a matter of time. The next step will probably be widespread banning of the popular VPN providers.

    10 votes
  2. [8]
    ThatFanficGuy
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    For what it's worth, I can still access the website and my account. What would be my best choice when I can't?

    For what it's worth, I can still access the website and my account.

    What would be my best choice when I can't?

    9 votes
    1. [4]
      ali
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      TOR or a VPN, I’d say

      TOR or a VPN, I’d say

      9 votes
      1. [3]
        ThisIsMyTildesLogin
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        Would switching DNS work? Like Google's 8.8.8.8 or Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1?

        Would switching DNS work? Like Google's 8.8.8.8 or Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1?

        3 votes
        1. stu2b50
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          Depends on how it's implemented. I'm guessing it's more like China's firewall, which injects a TCP reset packet whenever you go to a blocked site, and a DNS switch won't help.

          Depends on how it's implemented. I'm guessing it's more like China's firewall, which injects a TCP reset packet whenever you go to a blocked site, and a DNS switch won't help.

          10 votes
        2. alexandre9099
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          In portugal that would work, it depends on how it's implemented

          In portugal that would work, it depends on how it's implemented

          1 vote
    2. [2]
      Keegan
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      What @ali said, or you could try Tutanota. I can't vouch for it against Protonmail, but I haven't heard anything negative about it.

      What @ali said, or you could try Tutanota. I can't vouch for it against Protonmail, but I haven't heard anything negative about it.

      4 votes
      1. ali
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        I’m also using Tutanota if there’s any questions about it. Only thing I miss is being able to use my own mail client of choice (think thunderbird/mail.app)

        I’m also using Tutanota if there’s any questions about it. Only thing I miss is being able to use my own mail client of choice (think thunderbird/mail.app)

        2 votes
  3. ThisIsMyTildesLogin
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    I doubt this is true. Russia has been restricting internet access for a while now; it appears to be trying to emulate China. I recall Edward Snowden once saying he used ProtonMail. Not sure what...

    Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said ProtonMail, which uses end-to-end encryption to protect user data, had been used to send fake, anonymous bomb threats.

    I doubt this is true. Russia has been restricting internet access for a while now; it appears to be trying to emulate China. I recall Edward Snowden once saying he used ProtonMail. Not sure what he'll do now.

    8 votes
  4. [2]
    Kuromantis
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    That's unfortunate. I wish we could somehow set up a system for privacy conscious people from Russia and China to just leave their nations and come to freer places like the US.

    That's unfortunate. I wish we could somehow set up a system for privacy conscious people from Russia and China to just leave their nations and come to freer places like the US.

    1 vote
    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      Crowdfunding is still a thing. Not that I think it's necessary in the immediate future. When news like these are the only things you hear, it may be easy to imagine that life in, say, Russia is...

      Crowdfunding is still a thing.

      Not that I think it's necessary in the immediate future. When news like these are the only things you hear, it may be easy to imagine that life in, say, Russia is horrible and repressive. It's not – at least to a non-vocal chump like myself. I can still buy food, water still runs, it's still warm in the winter. I can go to a restaurant and have a nice meal, I can get medical attention when I need it, I can walk outside mostly safe.

      That doesn't make any of the shit this government pulls more tolerable, and it doesn't make me want to leave the country any less. It's just that things are... okay.

      6 votes