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Easily Unblock these Netflix-style Websites With A VPN
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Protect your financial data when online banking: 5 things you need to do
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We’ve added 40 FREE new servers
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Planned Server Maintenance on August 15, 16, and 17
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How Windows 10 is spying on you and what you can do about it
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India blocks 857 adult websites in an attempt to prevent children from accessing them
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Get €25.000 funding for your privacy start-up idea from CyberGhost!

Easily Unblock these Netflix-style Websites With A VPN

Whether we live in a democratic or nondemocratic country, a lot of us often get this frustrating message: “This content is not available in your country.”

So it’s obvious that we are not all equal when it comes to accessing content from countries like the U.K and the US.

You must have seen this type of image more times than you can count. The quick and easy solution is using a VPN to unblock geo-restricted websites such as Hulu and Netflix.

You just have to change your IP with one located in the country where the site you want to access is not blocked. So if you want to watch Netflix US, just connect to a server in the US; if you want access to BBC iPlayer, connect to a server in the UK and so on.

To unblock websites with CyberGhost, all you have to do is create a CyberGhost account – it takes less than a minute – and then connect to one of our 500 secured servers located all over the world. More info on how to use CyberGhost.

Below, we put together a list of the most popular websites you can unblock with CyberGhost.

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Protect your financial data when online banking: 5 things you need to do

A recent survey from Mastercard showed that 62 percent of Millennials would rather have their nude photos leaked online than have their financial info stolen.

As for the general population, the percentage drops a few points, with 55 percent preferring the „nude photos leak” scenario to having their credit card data compromised.

In light of these revelations, we decided to draw up a list of must-follow tips when you’re doing online banking. They will help keep your credit card info safe and sound and out of the hands of hackers, spies, snoopers and so on.

But first, a piece of advice about taking and (especially) storing nude photos of yourself on your phone, laptop, or Cloud: DO. NOT. DO. IT. EVER.

OK, now let’s move on to what you can do to protect your financial info when online banking:

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We’ve added 40 FREE new servers

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Great news, Ghosties!

You now have 40 new CyberGhost servers you can connect to in order to be safe, anonymous, and protected online. Or to unblock Netflix, Hulu, Spotify or any other website and watch your favourite TV shows, listen to the newest songs, and connect with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

And that’s not even the best part. The best part is that these 40 new servers are available to all FREE users, so all you have to do to access them is download CyberGhost. From here.

The new free servers are located as follows:

USA – 12 new free servers
UK – 4 free new servers
France – 8 free new servers
Germany – 4 free new servers
Czech Republic – 4 free new servers
Netherlands – 4 free new servers
Romania – 4 free new servers

Planned Server Maintenance on August 15, 16, and 17

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In order to perform some system updates, we’ll need to interrupt service on each of our servers for between 5 and 10 minutes on August 15, 16, and 17, respectively.

But don’t worry, we won’t power down all the servers at the same time, so if you don’t want to wait for the maintenance on your favourite server to finish, you can connect to another one for those 5 to 10 minutes.

To see when each of the servers will be down for maintenance, check the list below.

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How Windows 10 is spying on you and what you can do about it

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As you surely already know, Microsoft is currently distributing its new operating system Windows 10.

The OS, which was launched globally in 190 countries on July 29 is full of new features, fills in a lot of gaps and does away with the “Metro” style UI almost entirely.

Moreover, Windows 10 is super fluid and fast and its new browser Microsoft Edge might win back a lot of users because it’s also super-fast.

But all this comes at a pretty steep price for privacy, since Windows 10 listens in on what you do now more than ever and all that data gets transferred to Microsoft’s servers.

Basically, the OS will go through all your data (contacts, calendar, mail, messages…) and will learn information about you.

To make matters even worse, with Windows 10 you also have an advertising ID assigned to you so you can be easily targeted with specifically tailored ads; if you encrypt your hard-drive, the keys are stored by default on OneDrive.

Thankfully though, the native VPN option can be accessed and started directly from the notification quick-setting.

Of course, these are all settings and features aimed at increasing your productivity, as they make your apps and operating system much smarter.

But as mentioned before, this does come at a cost. Everything you do gets uploaded to Microsoft’s servers to improve your future experience. As stated in the Terms of Service, Microsoft has the right to share this data whenever it “has a good faith belief doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services.

In addition, all these settings are ON by default and will remain enabled if you just click next when installing/upgrading to Windows 10.

Most of the information regarding Win 10 and privacy is available in this official Microsoft article:

To sum it up, everything that happens with your Microsoft account (@live.com, @outlook.com, @msn.com, ….. , which is necessary for most of the new features) is scanned by Microsoft’s services. Everything you talk with Cortana (searches, reminders, notes, actions,….) is also processed by them. So is your location. In Microsoft’s own words:

We also share data with Microsoft-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries; with vendors working on our behalf; when required by law or to respond to legal process; to protect our customers; to protect lives; to maintain the security of our services; and to protect the rights or property of Microsoft.

Nevertheless, there’s something you can do about that and protect your data and privacy from Windows 10’s prying eyes.

In case you just clicked NEXT, NEXT when installing/upgrading to Win 10 and went with the defaults, here are a couple of things you should be aware of and disable if you feel spied on too much.

The Privacy settings can be easily managed by searching privacy in the start menu and most of the modules that send your data to Microsoft can be disabled.

If you simply press start then settings and then search for “privacy,” you’ll find most of the options listed. You can go through each of them and disable what you feel you need to keep only to yourself.

Below are some important ones that you need to change if you want to considerably increase your privacy:

  • Disable advertiser ID: open the settings and search for “advertising;” open “Choose if apps can use your advertising ID” and disable the first option: “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps”
  • On the same page, disable “…info about how I write” so that the text you type and write with a stylus is not sent to Microsoft servers

Also in the settings, search for “privacy” and open “Privacy Settings.” Get more privacy by changing the following:

  • Send Microsoft info about how I write..” -> OFF
  • Let apps use my Advertising ID…” -> OFF
  • Location” -> OFF
  • Speech, Inking, & typing: This is a feature strongly tied with Cortana. You can opt to clear everything, but if you do, you’ll lose Cortana.  You will still be able to use the Windows search function.

The rest is pretty self-explanatory and mostly relates to managing apps’ access to certain personal data. You can check the list of programs or devices (camera, mic) allowed to access the data or device or you can disable them entirely.

Before you go ahead and change these settings though, you should know that:

  • Disabling these option will diminish the “smart” experience you’ll have with Windows 10, so if you’re more into new features than you are into privacy, keeping them ON would be best for you. Otherwise, Windows 10 works really well without all these options; search is still possible.
  • Remember that your information is made available to “Microsoft employees, contractors, vendors, and partners…,” so basically it’s still not as hard as it should be for someone to get your data and use it.

There is one more Windows 10 novelty that you need to know about and that’s called “Wi-Fi Sense.

“Wi-Fi Sense” is a new feature that will sync all your Wi-Fi passwords to the cloud and share them with your contacts (Yep, you read that right). Through this functionality, your PC will also be able to “borrow” passwords and automatically connect, which means that you could end up automatically connected to a rogue router where your data could be easily phished.

In order to disable “Wi-Fi Sense,” go to Settings, search for “Wi-Fi” and open “Change Wi-Fi Settings.”

At the end of the list of found Wi-Fi networks, you will see “Manage Wi-Fi settings” and that’s where you can disable both options mentioned before.

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India blocks 857 adult websites in an attempt to prevent children from accessing them

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In a move that stems from a totally legitimate concern – children have free access to adult websites – India’s department of telecommunications made a decision that managed not only to enrage its citizens, but also create heated debate regarding civil liberties and personal freedom by banning 857 such sites.

Casting a really wide net in this effort to clean up the Internet and “protect India’s cultural fabric,” as one official stated, the country has also banned popular sites 9gag and CollegeHumor for their not-suitable-for-children content.

Of course, as it often happens in cases like this, the #PornBan quickly became little more than a Twitter hashtag used to make jokes or condemn/criticize the Indian government, because Indians are now using proxy servers or free VPNs to bypass the ban and access the 857 websites again.

With its Free version, CyberGhost is one of the VPNs that India’s citizens are using to reclaim their civil liberties and enjoy an Internet without bans or restrictions.

 

Photo credit: expertreviews.co.uk

Get €25.000 funding for your privacy start-up idea from CyberGhost!

Privacy Accelerator

As you surely know by now, we really, strongly support and fight for online privacy, security, and freedom.

We say it on our website, our CEO Robert Knapp never misses a chance to say it during interviews, and everything we do is based on our belief that online privacy is a basic human right not to be ignored or infringed on.

So this year we decided to put our money where our mouth is. Literally.

On July 15, we kicked off our Privacy Accelerator Program, which aims to invest in, mentor, and support early-stage tech start-ups focused on privacy, security, or freedom.

We will invest a total amount of €100.000 in 4 up-and-coming teams/companies that are fighting the good fight and want to protect netizens’ rights to privacy, security, and anonymity.

We’ll also provide them with office space and, if they’re not from the EU, we’ll accommodate them in our guesthouse, which is located smack-dab in the always vibrant center of Bucharest.

And to top it all off, we’ll give them access to our API and make sure they’re mentored by our internal experts in development, sales, marketing, and customer support and administration.

Sounds awesome, right?

Then wait no longer and get your privacy start-up idea funded by sending in your application to press.office@cyberghost.ro.

The deadline is September 1st, so hurry up!

For more info about the Privacy Accelerator Program, click here.

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