8 Amazing Apps And Plug-Ins For Keeping Your Privacy In Check

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A few days ago we were talking about the public’s acquired taste for privacy which seems to apply to pretty much all things online, from social media networks to search engines. You are probably using a VPN already (if you’re not, here’s a great deal for you), but you can never be too careful.

That is why, listed below, you can find 8 apps that work wonders when it comes to adding an extra layer of security to your digital life. Best part? They are completely free!

Do Not Track Me

Do not Track Me, initially known as Do Not Track Plus is a free browser add-on that claims to stop over 600 companies and advertisers from tracking users online. It works with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even the infamous Internet Explorer. What it actually does is block the services that would normally collect your data while online. Besides that, it masks your personal email address from advertisers and the like.

Mask Me

The name says it all! You can use it to mask your email directly from email form fields across the web. That means that besides having your email address kept safe from hackers, you will also get rid of those annoying spam messages once and for all. Pretty safe , I would say, but if you’re aiming for  extra security for your credit card or phone, you’ll have to get out of your pocket $5/ month or $45/year.

Secret

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With all the attention it got at the SXSW conference, I guess it’s pretty safe to say that Secret is not a secret anymore. What makes it special is that you are able to share your thoughts with your Facebook friends, and their connections, without actually knowing who is who and without them knowing who you are. You can also ask questions, or do some sort of anonymous surveys. The only thing is that, being restricted to your circle of friends and their friends, assumptions about users’ identity can be made quite easily.

Whisper

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Another proof that users got sick and tired of aligning to the trend of beach selfies and duckface group photos that overcrowd the most popular social networks at the moment, Whisper allows people who want to show their real self instead of the fake, carefully polished one, to communicate or post updates about almost anything. You are able to see updates from anyone near you, not only your contacts.

You can also choose a background photo for your message and your account is password protected, so if somebody highjacks your phone, they won’t be able to see any of your posts.

The only downside is that this is an app teenage girls seem to love, so expect a lot of drama and high school gossip.

Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go is a really well known search engine among privacy enthusiasts. It was all the rage a few years ago and then abruptly faded from the spot light, only to resurface once with the NSA scare.

The search engine prides itself on not collecting your personal information and not force-feeding you ads.

Here’s how the search result list looks compared to Google’s:

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Duck Duck Go has a much cleaner interface, and while still a little rough around the edges, it promises a lot.

Yik Yak

With a limit of 200 characters, Yik Yak imposed itself as an Anonymous Twitter. No handle is required, though you can set one from time to time just for fun, and you also have the possibility of turning your location on, sharing other people’s Yaks and commenting on them.

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With Yik Yak, you have access to the thoughts of people in your area (some of which appear strange to say the least), or those from different groups. You can set it up to run on your Android or iOS.

Though not as popular as the other apps, it’s definitely worth a shot!

Snapchat

This one has been around for a while, and almost anyone is on it. You can make short videos or photos and then send them to your friends which will be able to see them for a few seconds, depending on your settings. After that, the materials will self-destroy and nobody will be able to hold you responsible for what you sent.

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The only problem is that currently, there are  a few apps, like SnapTrap, which promise to help you save snaps from other users. So take it with a pinch of salt!

Telegram

Telegram gained popularity in February, this year, when WhatsApp crashed for several hours. It’s easy to understand why this happened, given that at first glance, it looks like an imitation made by a copycat company.

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You shouldn’t let that fool you. Telegram is really fast, it promises privacy and security and even offered a $200.000 bounty to anyone who can hack it.

And just in case you want to be extra safe, you can initiate a secret chat which guarantees an end to end encryption, a self-destruct timer for the conversation that can be anywhere from a few seconds to a few weeks and makes it impossible to be forwarded.

Hats off!

8 New CyberGhost Servers in Canada and USA

We are happy to announce that we are adding new servers for Premium and Premium Plus users in Canada and USA. So all you Canadian servers fans (we hear you) can now enjoy our 4 new servers in Toronto and another 4 in Washington.

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You can now watch and listen, easily & safe, to your favorite shows on CTV and GlobalTV in Canada or enjoy with your friends the latest shows on Netflix!

We’re looking forward to your feedback.

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The Future of Privacy Is Now and it’s Happening in Europe

“Privacy is back, not just as social norm, but as a business model.”-was the quote that got my attention in a Slate article from last week. The piece was centered on the implications of Mark Zuckerberg’s sudden change of attitude from: “Privacy is no longer a social norm”, just a few years ago to today’s attempts to win more users over, through adding extra features that guarantee more confidentiality and changing the default settings.

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Needless to say that working for CyberGhost and being a sucker for privacy, I instantly started to look into the subject. It didn’t take long to come up with a list of recent startups whose sole business was either anonymizing their users, or securing their data. Companies like Duck Duck Go, Abine, Signal, Secret, Whisper and Snapchat are surprisingly popular among teenagers.

If the last decade was all about transparency, doing things and letting the whole world know about them, creating a strong online presence, and shouting your feelings out loud until the point of complete vulnerability, the present is certainly focused on the idea of keeping most of the things to yourself and having full control over what you share with the rest of the world.

It seems that the overenthusiastic, somewhat naive and undiscerning public which populated the internet at the beginnings of social media has slowly matured and realized the implications and perils of inviting strangers into their lives by oversharing, or overlooking their security settings.

While European startups and companies seem to have figured out this a while ago, American ones are just catching up under a less than favorable legislation. There is not much they can do regarding the NSA surveillance and keeping their users anonymous will only lead to them drowning into a sea of DMCA requests.

And this is one of the reasons why we here at CyberGhost believe the future of privacy lies in Europe, where it can be fully guaranteed under a favorable, protecting legislation.

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While we are happy that privacy became “the thing”, it is quite worrying that a lot of these organizations that claim to offer users  anonymity don’t fully understand the concept and don’t have the means to do this, thus creating a false sense of security for the user, which can at times be more harmful than no protection at all.

As for Facebook and other companies which just woke up one day loving privacy more than anything else, it is often said that the best indicator for somebody’s future behavior is their past behavior.

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The Internet is changing even the way we fight. Twitter has managed to have a big impact during rough times in many countries, people using this social network as a way of expressing themselves and fighting for their freedom. They share short messages and attach pictures, aiming to mobilize the global community.

Such liberty is not really appreciated by all governments. And then censorship occurs: greedy governments cut the access to their people to such channels.

Not much has passed since March, when Twitter was banned for Turkish inhabitants. We immediately showed our support by offering them 30,000 Premium keys of CyberGhost VPN. We also engaged with a lot of people from Venezuela, Egypt and, our neighbors, Ukraine.CyberGhost VPN Online freedom Continue reading

3 Years of Free Of Compromise Security, Freedom and Privacy with CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost VPN started as a project thought up by Robert Knapp, an ambitious, bright German maverick who dreamt a solution to the rise in internet surveillance and disappearance of online privacy and security.  A team of young, ingenious and motivated Romanian professionals joined in and started in the quest for a secure and private internet.

Three years  and 3.7 million satisfied users later, we can say we are proud of offering you free of compromise online security, privacy and freedom. We grew up together with CyberGhost, and learned how to face unplanned situation, communicate more efficiently and most important of all, listen to your needs and wishes and adjust accordingly.

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We are grateful for the opportunities we had along the way to offer access to a free internet and the means to speak out loud to those who due to censorship didn’t have a voice, to protect our users’ sensitive data, and to restore the privacy that the internet was meant to offer from the very first beginning.

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But most important of all, we want to thank you for trusting us to take care of your privacy and ensure you complete anonymity. We will keep improving and find new ways and resources to keep the battle for a free internet running, because we believe that internet is freedom.

Stay tuned for our upcoming campaigns. We might be getting old, but we have plenty of new tricks up our sleeve!

 

To Flash Or Not to Flash – That is the question

Why CyberGhost is different from Proxy Plugins

The controversy regarding Flash is still ongoing and with more and more websites using modern HTML5 features, we might see a future where Flash is not required at all. But currently Flash is still heavily used for media content and streaming, like video streams. Websites with a lot of video content have not yet converted all of their content to HTML5 compatible formats and still require the Flash Plugin.

Flash was and is under attack. In the last years it suffered from a lot security leaks. But why?
The reason is that Flash has more freedom to access the user’s system and is running somehow in a “side-channel” of the browser.

How does that affect my privacy and security?

First of all: If you are already a CyberGhost user, you made the right decision, because you are using a VPN, an encrypted tunnel into the Internet. With CyberGhost’s advanced security features, no application is able to circumvent this tunnel and communicate from outside the tunnel. All Internet traffic is forced to go through the tunnel, passing our servers, being anonymized by replacing your IP with one of our servers’ IP.

Oh, you are using some of these tiny, small Chrome Plugins

Nice that you care about your privacy and we also appreciate that you are cautious not to install too many stuff on your PC, in order to keep it clean and fast. But in this case, it’s the wrong decision. It’s like not installing an Antivirus Program and using an online service for scanning files for viruses. This is a good solution if you want a second opinion or if you are on a computer where you are not allowed to install anything. But this  does not give you the same protection level. Continue reading