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.

Why? These Chrome Plugins work by modifying your browsers proxy settings, to use a proxy server. While this technique was one of the first used, which CyberGhost also used at the beginning (back in 2004), it has become more “en vogue” today with Chrome’s support of SPDY. SPDY is a modified version of the HTTPS protocol which optimizes the way requests to web servers are made. This gives a pretty good performance while surfing the web, but …it is not secure in combination with Flash. A malicious website could create Flash content which bypasses or ignores the proxy settings… and leaks your real IP address. So you can never really be sure if the video you are currently streaming with Flash is really tunneled through the proxy.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Flash is not able to bypass a CyberGhost VPN tunnel. CyberGhost uses different techniques to detect if any malicious software on your computer tries to bypass the tunnel or to disable it in the background. It checks the anonymization status every minute and uses a firewall engine, in order to only allow VPN traffic while being connected. Additionally, it makes sure that existing connections are dropped before the tunnel is established, making sure these connections are re-initiated over the tunnel.

So here is a short summary:

CyberGhost Browser Plugin
Supports ALL applications on your PC YES NO, just Browser
Protects also Javascript, Flash, Java YES YES/NO/NO
Advanced bypassing protection YES NO
Supported Protocols ALL Only HTTP(S)

So, if you don’t need Flash, you are using a modern browser with SPDY support like Chrome and you only want to be anonymized and protected while surfing with this browser, a browser plugin might be a good, lightweight choice.

If you need strong protection and the best anonymization security currently available, give CyberGhost a try!

Torrents become a CyberGhost Premium Feature

You know it: The largest parts of Internet traffic concern streaming services for music and videos, as well as torrent downloads, in some countries strong enough to even threaten net neutrality by being scapegoats for Internet Service Providers to establish new price models.

In contrast, CyberGhost has become steadily cheaper over the years and still manages to stem all increasing traffic. Unfortunately, a high percentage of free user make extensive use of our Free Service very powerful bandwidth for their torrent downloads, affecting the data throughput of all other users in a serious manner.

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We never wanted for this happening, but the heavy load torrent users put on the service forces us to pull the ripcord and to re-establish solidarity among all users, instead of letting a few claim it all for themselves.

In short: From now on CyberGhost blocks the Torrent protocol on all free servers, to normalize traffic once again and to reserve our capacities for those who need a cost-free VPN for anonymous and uncensored surfing.

For subscribers using torrents on most premium servers is still perfectly possible. Only exceptions are servers in the United States, Russia, China and Singapore. For simplicity reasons and a rapid assessment of a single server, the server list in our application includes a yellow exclamation mark next to the name, if the respective server is inaccessible to P2P.

Note: Streaming functionality is not affected by our new torrent policy for free servers. You can still enjoy all your favorite content even with the CyberGhost Free Service.

Thanks everyone for supporting CyberGhost VPN!

CyberGhost VPN is now available for Mac

CyberGhost VPN for Mac was officially launched through a Google Hangout Live Session on 5th of June and is now fully available for Mac enthusiasts. It’s completely Free! We’ve been in beta mode for a few months and now we are ready to officially release this amazing privacy and anonymity tool for all Mac users out there.

Install the CyberGhost application on your Mac in just a few seconds. CyberGhost VPN can be downloaded here.

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When using CyberGhost VPN on your Mac you get:

- Privacy and security by encrypting your communication

- Online anonymity by hiding your IP address and you real identity while surfing

- Protection from hackers, cyber scams, bank-account theft and phishing e-mail fraud

- Access to unblock geo-restricted content

If you want to see how our Mac Launch went take a look on our recording here.

CyberGhost VPN CEO, Robert Knapp, also answered a lot of questions during the Google Plus Mac Launch session regarding privacy, NSA and encryption. You can read them in the comments section of the YouTube session.

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We chose to launch our Mac client on 5th of June to honor 1 year since The Guardian and The Washington Post publish the Edward Snowden revelations, changing the way we look at our privacy.

If you want to write a review about our Mac client please leave a comment bellow. For questions about the Mac client please send an email at support@cyberghost.ro.

Link to the event here.

How to Watch FIFA World Cup 2014 Online – Live Streaming

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the hottest event of the moment. The game is on, a lot of surprises took place, some favorite teams didn’t make it to the finals and are going back home. We saw some rising stars until now, Chile was certainly a big surprise for some, but a lot of surprises are awaiting us.

With CyberGhost VPN you can unblock the most used online services for online streaming that broadcast the World Cup in Brazil. Watch your favorite teams fighting for the title listening to commentators in your native language from anywhere in the world!

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The following channels broadcasts the World Cup:

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In order to unblock streaming of the 2014 FIFA World Cup you need to do the following:

  1. Download our Free CyberGhost VPN from our website
  2. Setup your device to use our service
  3. Stream & Enjoy the World Cup 2014!

CyberGhost VPN helps you bypass online geo-restrictions and watch you’re the show everybody is talking right now from anywhere in the world – safe and sound.

CyberGhost Support Maintenance Work

Dear Ghosties,

There was an unpredictable glitch in the support platform that caused some e-mail messages to block. So we couldn’t answer all the emails in 48 hours as we usually do because of the technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconveniences created.
We are working right now on a solution with the support software providers, that will guarantee this will never happen again.

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The Forum is back online, so please write to us about your issues ther or on our Facebook and Twitter and we’ll try answer them as fast as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support!