Bucharest – New York – San Francisco, June 27, 2017. CyberGhost is touring US — coast-to-coast — implementing its strategy to grow exponentially at global scale, by increasing awareness of firm and to promote its privacy and security solution.
Good news, everyone!
As usual, we are constantly adding the latest technologies to our service in order to make sure that our privacy solution stays bulletproof.
Therefore, on June 28th, between 08:00 and 12:00 CEST, we will upgrade our Certificate Authority (CA) and all our servers, as well as client keys, to 4096 bits.
This will not require any action on your behalf if you are using the CyberGhost app on Mac OS, Android or Windows devices.
If you are however using the native OpenVPN software, you will need to download the configuration archive again from here, because the connection cannot be established with the old certificate chain.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the downtime and we thank you, in advance, for your understanding. It’s all for a good cause!
In one of the world’s oldest modern democracies, the United States, the right to privacy seems to be taken less and less seriously.
Last year, after merely taking on the role of US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the 6-month-old EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. In March this year, Internet Service Providers got the green light to sell users’ web history. August could see the end of American net neutrality.
Now, the (extremely, we would say) sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. According to bbc.com, the 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.
What’s worse, the data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Thus, absolutely anyone with the link could access the data.
But one topic was not brought up: bitcoin, the virtual currency that ransom hackers often ask to be paid in exchange for unlocking infected computers.
With the overwhelming expansion of online devices, it quickly became obvious that far more addresses would be needed to connect devices than the IPv4 address space had available.
That is why IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) came into play. The total number of possible IPv6 addresses is more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and provides approximately 4.3 billion addresses.
IPv6 provides other technical benefits in addition to a larger addressing space, but we will not get into those, because what you need to know is…
Why we decided to deploy IPv6 services
As you’ve already probably noticed, we are always one step ahead of our competitors.
Most VPNs have been slow to accommodate the global transition to IPv6 and update their server networks. Of course, upgrading servers to support IPv6 is an expensive and difficult effort, but we’ve always promised to provide the best kind of online privacy solutions and we stay true to our motto.
Hi, Ghosties! We are very happy you to bear some good news. Our CEO, Robert Knapp, has been nominated for the prominent Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards. Read more in our press release below and feel free to quote us if you want to also share in the joy:
Bucharest, May 24th, 2017. An anonymous Swiss user nominated last night CyberGost’s CEO, Robert Knapp for the prestigious Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards.
The user, nicknamed Greyman, had this laudation for Robert: “He is a pioneer in many ways. The granting of free access for so many people to a good, (meaning secure) VPN service, for privacy in public places. Something (most) of them could not otherwise afford. “
Indeed, even in the recent months, all over the world there were numerous attempts to limit this free access.
Net neutrality has been on everyone’s mind these days, since commissioners at the US Federal Communications Commission have voted to overturn rules that would force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal.
“This is the right way to go,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai ahead of the vote on May 18th, quoted by BBC. In an official statement, FCC officials added that they expected the proposed changes to “substantially benefit consumers and the marketplace”. They also mentioned that before the rules were changed in 2015, they helped to preserve a “flourishing free and open internet for almost 20 years”.
But what is net neutrality and why is it important to us, Internet users?
It’s simple. When we go online, we have certain expectations. We want to be able to connect to any site we want, without any data restrictions from ISPs, because we expect to be in control of our Internet experience.
This is basically what net neutrality is. This basic principle prohibits Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked, preserving our right to communicate freely online.