What is privacy?
Have you ever thought about how online ads tend to follow you from site to site? Or how Facebook knows exactly which ones to show you? We can assure you it's not magic.
Think about all the intimate questions and concerns you ask Google on a daily basis. Or all of your personal shopping habits and interests that you feed to Amazon. Not to mention that Alexa is constantly listening to everything you say.
While you may be doing this all from the privacy of your own home, your online life is, in contrast, very public.
Even convenience comes at a price
Most of what we do online – searching, sharing, posting, tweeting – is analyzed, sold, and stored (likely forever) by search engines, social media, and corporations. Even governments are methodically gathering more and more knowledge about us.
The convenient upside of this means timely, relevant ads and the ability to sync logins and other personal data across many sites.
But the downside? What you say and do online today may become frowned upon or even illegal in the future.
For your right to privacy
That's where we come in. Mullvad was founded in 2009 purely with the ambition of upholding the universal right to privacy – for you, for us, for everyone. And not only that, we want to make Internet censorship and mass surveillance ineffective.
That's a tall order, but if you want to make a change, you've gotta start somewhere.
Since our humble beginning, our VPN service has helped to keep users' online activity, identity, and location private. Over the years, we've been blazing a trail forward to provide the most secure and anonymous VPN out there – for everyone, for us, for you.
Become a privacy ninja
We want you to be in full control of your online life. That means having the proper ninja skills. Here's a few to start your training:
For the history buffs
These are just a few of the milestones we're particularly proud of:
- March 2009 – The Mullvad VPN service launches!
- July 2010 – In the name of our customers' anonymity, we start accepting Bitcoin payments.
- September 2010 – Customers can now start paying in good ol'-fashioned cash, another win for anonymous payments.
- April 2014 – We swiftly assess and mitigate the Heartbleed vulnerability and then prove our hypothesis of its critical impact on OpenVPN.
- September 2014 – We demonstrate that OpenVPN is vulnerable to Shellshock, resulting in admin access, and warn our competitors before general disclosure.
- September 2014 – We launch IPv6 support (this is a really nerdy thing, but trust us, it's cool).
- March 2017 – Our users are able to start using WireGuard, the new, hip VPN protocol on the block.
- December 2017 – We introduce a post-quantum secure VPN tunnel.
- September 2018 – The independent audit on our new VPN app gives us really good grades.
- October 2018 – What makes a trustworthy VPN? We engage in a multilateral initiative to cultivate more transparency and honesty within our industry.
- June 2019 – Our new project on System Transparency is revealed, and we call on our community to develop and encourage transparent systems.
- July 2019 – Mozilla partners with us to utilize our global network of VPN servers for its own VPN application.
- August 2019 – We succeed in porting open-source firmware to an off-the-shelf server, a first in history and getting us one step closer to our vision of System Transparency.
- October 2019 – We add Malwarebytes as yet another partner using our server network.
- June 2020 – All five platform versions of our VPN app undergo a thorough external security audit.
- December 2020 – No personally identifiable information (PII) or privacy leaks are found during the first independent security audit of our infrastructure.
Mullvad VPN AB is owned by parent company Amagicom AB. The name Amagicom is derived from the Sumerian word ama-gi – the oldest word for “freedom“ or, literally, “back to mother” in the context of slavery – and the abbreviation for communication. Amagicom stands for “free communication”.
Mullvad VPN AB and its parent company Amagicom AB are 100% owned by founders Fredrik Strömberg and Daniel Berntsson who are actively involved in the company.
The rest of the team includes Robin Lövgren, Simon Andersson, Linus, Richard Mitra, Sanny Mitra, Odd, Andrej Mihajlov, Janito Ferreira Filho, Alexander Busck, Stefan, David Lönnhager, Oskar Nyberg, Johan Rohlen, Joshua Björkäng, Eric Pütter, Jacob Lingefjärd, Matilda, and Jan Jonsson.