Luxembourg will be the 29th country to join the ProtonVPN network. ProtonVPN has been running community polls to see where its users would like to see more servers – Luxembourg placed 13th in its most recent one, despite being one of the smallest and least populous countries in Europe. All four servers will be located in Bissen, a small town in the center of the country.
These new additions will only be accessible to those with one of ProtonVPN’s paid plans, with no access for free users. Server LU #1 is available for Basic users (the cheapest subscription), while LU #2-4 are reserved for the Plus and Visionary plans, which are a little more expensive.
ProtonVPN believes servers in Luxembourg will be useful because it’s one of the “financial centers of Europe and the home of many prominent banks and financial institutions”. Unfortunately, this also makes the country a prime target for hackers, which is something that ProtonVPN hopes to combat.
In 2015, one local paper even went so far as to compare Luxembourg’s cybersecurity landscape to that of a “warzone”, following 83,610 reports of cyber attacks in the previous year. Considering the total population of the country at that time was only just under 570,000, that’s an astonishingly high number (around 14% of people).
With hackers using increasingly complex encryption, companies are struggling to combat these attacks and are being forced to pay to recover their files. ProtonVPN’s new servers in Luxembourg offer “advanced online security” to both individuals and businesses within the country, allowing them to protect their confidential data from ransomware and phishing attacks.
ProtonVPN states that it “will not stop until everyone has access to our secure and fast VPN service”, and this does seem to be the case, with servers added in five new countries since September (Ireland, Brazil, New Zealand, Belgium and now Luxembourg). We’ve been informed that there will be another poll to see where the next batch of servers should be installed, but this is unlikely to be until early 2019.