But first, our annual retrospective! In 2020, we launched our app on iOS (now on every major platform), made our first video, advertised on trams, and investigated a couple of laws.
You are our keystone
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to invest in our teams (they’ve all grown this year!) which has enabled us to reach new heights in the name of privacy. Whether you’ve been with us since 2009 or just recently found us, your support and feedback are so crucial and valuable. Thank you for this year, and yes, you can expect more from us in 2021!
App, app, and away
Built on minimal amount of code (WireGuard®) and after months of testing and years of development, we launched our app to the last major platform: iOS. Since April, we’ve been available on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, all crafted with three ambitions:
- It’s easy to use, from installation to usage.
- It’s privacy focused, from crucial features to our No-logging of user activity policy.
- It’s hopefully trustworthy, from external audits (by Cure53 in June) to open source code.
New features 2020
While there were many, here are a few gold nuggets:
- Split tunneling launches on Android and Linux (soon on Windows).
- WireGuard becomes default for Linux, macOS, and iOS.
- We automate WireGuard key rotation.
- Create a new account and redeem vouchers directly in the app.
- The app becomes compatible with TVs (using Android version).
From our Privacy Diaries
We shared a few pages with you:
- The Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act ain’t April fooling us.
- This is why we chose to keep our servers in Hong Kong.
- Is the EU Court the last bastion for privacy?
- Apple apps on Big Sur aren’t allowed to bypass our firewall.
- Linux under WSL2 might be leaking.
- There’s a worldwide cookie dilemma.
The traditional way isn’t dead!
This summer we advertised on the trams and buses in our hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The outcome, you might ask? Job applications increased by several percentage points, local companies reached out wanting to collaborate with us, and we got our brand out there without pushing too hard. As they say: if you are seen, you exist (this link leads to LinkedIn).
It’s like a lottery ticket…
But with our scratch cards, your privacy wins! (#stayanonymous) They became available at two Swedish brick-and-mortar stores: Inet and Webhallen.
Try something new, they said! Film would be fun, they said! We nodded enthusiastically and really enjoyed making this video (this link leads to YouTube).
Supporting the community
Reclaiming Privacy is impossible without our community. Totally impossible. This year we donated money and resources to a few causes:
- The Tor Project
Digging the digits
- Our server count has grown from 511 to 764.
- WireGuard servers more than doubled, from 150 to 382.
- Bridge servers increased from 24 to 38.
- New languages appeared in the app Polish, Korean, and Thai.
- Team Mullvad grew with six privacy-concerned individuals, and we have expanded our office!
Bring on 2021 — we’re ready!
We are pumped for some projects to take flight in the New Year (rubs hands together excitedly). We’ve also been upgrading our merchandise and prepping for any happenings where we might get to meet you. Until then, don’t forget to tamperproof your computer and make the switch from a passworder to a passphraser.
For the universal right to privacy,
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