Russia may start banning VPNs

According to certain online sources, the Russian government is working on a bill which requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they don’t, they will also end up being blocked. Search engines are also on the black list if they link to the banned websites.

This measure has been taken as a consequence of the fact that many Russians are trying to access censored websites with the help of VPNs, proxies, mirror sites and anonymity networks such as Tor.

The technical aspects of the bill were reportedly formulated by lawyers working for the Media Communications Union (MCU), a trade group established by the largest media companies in the country. The MCU has a particular interest in ensuring that web users do not bypass pirate site blockades by using anonymous web-based CGI proxies.

The new bill apparently lays out a new framework which will force search engines to remove frowned-upon links. Failing to do so could result in fines of up to $12,400 per breach, clearly a significant issue for companies such as Google and local search giant Yandex.

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Egg-ceptional privacy, 57% off

It’s time to hatch a plan against those online snoopers spying on your personal data. A subscription plan, that is.

This Easter, you can take advantage of all the CyberGhost Premium benefits, at a 57% discount*. But be egg-stra quick, because this offer is time-limited!

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With CyberGhost Premium, you will get:

  • Extra speed thanks to 5x faster servers
  • Apps for Android and iOS, included
  • No annoying ads
  • Access to more than 700 servers in 27 countries
  • Mobile data cost reduction through data compression
  • All of the above, on 5 different devices for Premium Plus subscriptions

Just ask the Easter bunny about the efficiency of proper VPN protection. Nobody knows what he’s up to for the rest of the year and there is a reason for that. It’s called CyberGhost Premium.

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* the discount applies to both CyberGhost Premium and Premium Plus annual subscriptions, on Mac and Windows desktop devices, between April 14th and 25th. 

Aussies, mark “Get a VPN Day” with CyberGhost

Starting today, Australian ISPs (Internet Service Providers) begin metadata harvest. The law forces internet providers and telecommunications companies to keep and store information generated by customers calling, texting or using the internet.

According to Australian digital rights activists “Digital Rights Watch“, this data collection program requires no warrants, has very little oversight and has received condemnation from human rights experts worldwide.

That is why today has been declared a national day of action or “Get a VPN Day“, an opportunity through which citizens can educate themselves about the scale of this surveillance and take all the necessary measures to protect themselves.

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Trump has just agreed to sell your Internet history. Take a stand!

We, at CyberGhost, believe in digital freedom more than anything else.

That is why we couldn’t take with ease the latest news of Trump giving his vote for Internet Service Providers to sell our browsing history.

Join us in our #PrivacyMatters challenge. Let your imagination run wild and drop us a comment on our dedicated page to describe what sites you think president Trump visits.

Show Trump what it’s like have your private life turned into a public concern. Speak your mind and stay private online with CyberGhost!

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Booking.com to be blocked in Turkey, according to court order

A Turkish court has ordered the travel website Booking.com to be blocked in a dispute with the country’s main travel agency association, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press (quoted by ABC News).

The Anadolu Agency reported that a commercial court in Istanbul ordered the move against Booking.com as a “precautionary measure” while the case is ongoing.

Lawyers for the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies had argued that Netherlands-based Booking.com was engaging in unfair competition in the marketing of hotels in Turkey.

Anadolu said that government authorities are expected to block access to the website as soon as they receive official notification from the court.

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How your IP keeps you exposed online

An IP (short for Internet Protocol) address is a unique string of numbers assigned to your device when you connect it to the Internet. To put it plainly, an IP address is very similar to a physical address, just that it identifies you online, not offline.

This IP address is kept by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) until you disconnect from the Internet. Some ISPs may assign you with the same IP for months or even years, thus rendering you very easily identifiable online.

So here are 4 reasons why you should hide your IP (a.k.a. your online identity) in 2017 and not let others sneak a peek into your private life:

  1. Just last year, in Great Britain, the Investigatory Powers Act a.k.a the Snoopers’ Charter was passed into law.
  2. In March, the US Senate has enabled Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to sell their users’ most private data – their web browsing activities.
  3. The huge increase in smartphone use and the growing demand for free public WiFi networks, which are incredibly easy to hack, leaving our most important data (such as credit card credentials) exposed.
  4. On top of this, people have decided to spend large amounts of money on gadgets that can record everything they do around them, just check the latest WikiLeaks revelations.

Basically, in 2017, it is becoming legal for the government and ISPs to spy on people around the world.

That is why more and more people should consider using IP-hiding tools such as VPNs (a.k.a Virtual Private Network or, simply put, an app which renders you anonymous online).

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Why a VPN should be your best friend online

We live in turbulent times. Back in the day, the Internet was created to be enjoyed equally by anyone, from anywhere in the world. Nowadays, “this content is not available in your country” keeps popping up more and more often.

Furthermore, what we do online seems to have become everybody else’s business. While we do not like it when neighbors eavesdrop on our conversations, we should be just as bothered if someone, be it our Internet Service Provider, the government or a hacker, is looking into our private data.

If you connect to public WiFis a lot, your most private personal data, such as mail or credit card credentials, can be stolen in mere minutes.

Did you know that there’s a way to stop others from spying on you and access restricted content?

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