Proton’s new bundled subscription plan offers privacy for the whole family
Proton, the Switzerland-based privacy company behind Proton Mail and Proton VPN, launched an all-inclusive online privacy solution for families on Tuesday. Proton Family bundles all of Proton’s services into one subscription plan that covers up to six users. In addition to Proton’s flagship service, Proton Mail, the package includes access to Proton VPN (one of CNET’s top VPNs), Proton Drive, and Proton Calendar. Proton’s latest service, a password manager called Proton Pass, will be available with the Proton Family plan once it comes out of beta.
Proton Family starts at $20 per month and includes premium access to Proton’s services, plus 3TB of shared storage space and an additional 20GB of bonus storage space per year, Proton said in a press release. The idea behind Proton Family is to ensure young people can go online safely while minimizing exposure to Big Tech’s often intrusive practices. It is more important than ever to emphasize the online privacy of children and others who may not understand all of the potential risks lurking online, especially in a time when apps designed for children collect alarming amounts of data.
“A family plan has been among our most sought-after services, and I’m thrilled to announce its launch today. As a parent, I look forward to teaching my kids the right ways to approach email. , cloud storage and internet security from the start,” said David Dudok de Wit, Product Manager at Proton. “I know I’m not alone. The Proton Family plan brings us one step closer to our mission to make privacy the default for everyone.”
Proton offers one version of each of its services for free (including Proton VPN, which is the only truly free VPN recommended by CNET), but full access to all of Proton’s premium features requires a paid subscription. Proton has built a solid reputation with its suite of online privacy tools, and $20 per month for all of these tools together for up to six users with Proton Family is a great deal, especially once Proton Pass is made available to subscribers. For comparison, if you buy individual subscriptions to the Proton services available now, you’ll pay $5 per month for Proton Mail, $5 per month for Proton Drive, and $10 per month for Proton VPN. That adds up to $20 per user, which is the same price you’ll pay for the entire family plan, which will also include the password manager once it’s released.
You can purchase Proton Family directly or upgrade your current subscription to any of Proton’s services to Proton Family. Once you have signed up, you can start inviting your family members to join your Proton Family plan. If you want a bundle subscription to all of Proton’s services for yourself only, you can opt for the Proton Unlimited plan, which includes up to 500 GB of total storage on the services for $12 per month or $120 per year. .
For more on privacy, check out CNET’s tips for creating better passwords, six tips for keeping your personal data private, and what to know about VPN trackers.