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Get a truly private word processor from Proton

Proton, the makers of fully encrypted cloud and email storage now have an online word processor that’s properly private from everyone except you.

Data stored on Proton is fully encrypted from ‘end to end’ including when it’s saved on Proton’s servers.  Unlike Microsoft’s OneDrive, no-one can access Proton stored data except the user.  Apple has a similar, optional, feature called “Advanced Data Protection”.

Proton is adding an online word-processor with many of the features you’d expect from a modern document editor.

Source: Proton

According to Proton their word-processor has:

  • Write with privacy —Create and edit documents within Proton Drive, knowing your contents are only accessible to you and those you choose to share with.
  • Share and invite anyone — Invite other users to view or edit your documents with a single click.
  • Collaborate in real-time — Changes are reflected immediately, ensuring every contributor always sees the most up-to-date version.
  • View cursors and presence indicators — See who else is viewing or editing the document, enhancing teamwork and communication.
  • Leave comments and replies — Add comments to share feedback without editing the document. Comments are visible to all collaborators, keeping everyone in the loop.
  • Import and export with ease — You can upload .docx documents, edit them, and download in various formats like .docx, .txt, .md, and HTML.

Try out Proton starting with a free account that has 2GB of online encrypted file storage and 500MB of email.  Take some simple steps to get 5GB of storage.

There are Proton apps for Windows, Mac and mobile that will let you sync files to devices. From there, open and edit Office documents in Microsoft 365 or Office apps, as usual.

The online word-processor is being rolled out over the next few days so if it doesn’t appear in your Proton Drive, come back in a day or two.

Though the company hasn’t said anything, we can hope that a spreadsheet and presentation web editors will join Proton. Fingers crossed.

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