Did you know that even the great Caesar used a cipher to hide his military
correspondence between 100 – 44 B.C? The key in this case was simply
to shift to the right by three.
Encryption is not a new concept but it keeps getting more and more complex and useful. We thought that a guide to encryption accessible to everyone would be more than welcomed, either to understand it better or to share it with people who would need it.
Just a short intro: encryption is the process through which information or data is transformed (encoded) in such a way that is unreadable to anyone who does not have the knowledge of the way it was transformed.
The information thus becomes available only to the authorized parties. This authorization works based on keys. Encoding the information is made by using an encryption key while decoding the information is made by using a decryption key.
Along with the new account management we also prepared other simplifications for our subscribers – and for future ghosties. But first things first:
Updated account management – a new subscription model
The first idea was the restructuring of your account management that brought the question, whether prepaid and subscription models with subsequent activation and management of keys were still in trend.
After all: along with changing the account management, arouse the desire to invest more time in the development of our subscription model and have a closer look to our past customer’s demands.
And so the work began. Wwe realized that a sacrifice was needed: the prepaid plans in versus the activation keys, and a preference for a cheaper and more user-friendly monthly and yearly subscription systems with the main goal to transfer all activation and payment processes into the background.
For the first time CyberGhost allowes promotions, actions such as ‘money back guarantee’, ‘sample months at a special price’, and also consider customer requests for various trial subscriptions. Now it’s the time to get curious!
Major changes first: Are you logged into your account, the CyberGhost is now missing the button ‘Enter Activation Code’. You also need to create an account before you can purchase a subscription or an update, while the res of the process has been completely moved to the background. After paying your subscription or update, your account will be automatically activated or renewed, depending when you subscribed.
And the activation keys?
They officially no longer exist in regular sales – but are still used for advertising campaigns and promotions. They also have a deadline activation time frame.
Users with active valid keys, from our campaigns or from the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, can enter their keys in the online account management and activate it there if they need too. Expiration dates do not apply for keys from regular sales campaigns (so, no hurry there). Only the promotion keys have an activation deadline.
What will change for current subscribers?
Subscribers, who had been receiving reminder mails and invoices, and had to regularly enter a new activation code, can breathe easy now. Any renewals will be processed automatically. The updates from Free/Special/Premium to Special/Premium/Premium Plus will be handled more easily: Click, pay, done. Any activation, subscription modification and upgrade will be done automatically for you.
What should I consider?
For all the other subscriptions you shouldn’t miss the end date, if you don’t want to use CyberGhost any longer. Monthly subscriptions need to be cancelled monthly, yearly subscriptions, annually. In most cases an email to the seller, usually cleverbridge, is enough, but please consult any current order terms, just to make sure.
Will unused keys be rendered invalid? No. Users, who in the past have purchased a key without expiration date (e. g. on the latest CyberGhost Indiegogo campaign or other official events), can keep on storing and activate their keys at the appropriate time in their account management.
Will unused promotion keys be rendered invalid? Only if you exceed the specified latest time of activation.
Will prepaid subscriptions automatically be converted? No. After the expiration of your current subscription it is up to you, whether you want to continue to use Cyber Ghost in the new convenient subscription system or not.
How do I reactivate an account without key? You can re-activate an account with either your password or, if lost, your PUK. There are no other possibilities!
Will you ever re-install a pre-paid system with activation keys? No, the entire system was converted to the user-friendly subscription system.
For any further questions please consult our extensive support documentation.
The current update improves CyberGhost’s Android compatibility with more smart phones and tablet PCs. For that the ensemble acting of app and the new Crosswalk engine had been refined, while small bug fixes also got implemented.
Improvement: small changes on the CyberGhost dialog engine
Improvement: care of Crosswalk engine
Fixed: crash when writing debug log
New: added possibility to choose between engines: web kit engine (Android) or Crosswalk engine (Intel).
Improvement: extended Wi-Fi protection
New: Possibility to change between TCP and UDP
Improved: small design changes
Improved: better GUI performance by new render engine
Changed: Auto connect now works in unsecure networks also
Fixed: crash when changing network with Android 4.4; no reboot necessary to reconnect
Fixed: small bug fixes
We’re always interested in what you have to say about CyberGhost so feel free to send us your feedback in the comments below or at [email protected]
This week three betas compete for your attention: The latest CyberGhost VPN Windows client, CyberGhost for Android and the fresh installation of the first #NoSpyProxy.
CyberGhost Windows Beta 22.214.171.124
The latest beta of your favorite desktop VPN client addresses some seldom occurring connection losses and will be available soon via the beta channel. If you want to test it, please activate the option ‘Install beta updates’ in your client’s settings under the ‘General’ tab.
CyberGhost Android 126.96.36.199
The upcoming version 188.8.131.52 of the CyberGhost Android client solves some important issues: no more crashes while starting the app, as well as a program freezing, when changing settings. Also new: an option to deactivate the recognition of untrusted networks, a different rendering engine, that handles the country and server lists much better, small bug fixes and minor GUI changes.
To test the beta, you need to join the CyberGhost-Community on Google+. Once done, click on https://play.google.com/apps/testing/de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost, to become a beta tester and download the beta from Google’s Play Store.
First #NoSpyProxy On Air
Since Monday, the first beta of the first CyberGhost NoSpyProxy runs smoothly in our nice and cozy hardware room next door. Our own data center is meant to reduce physical hardware attacks near zero and is, by the way, thanks to our more than successful Indiegogo campaign financed by more than 200%. The campaign also ended on Monday.
All running 12 instances are located on the Bucharest server S08 and can be activated by our Priority Boarders (donnors from Indiegogo) by choosing a single instance, labeled Bucharest-S08-I01 to Bucharest-S08-I12. We’ve got high performance servers with tough encryption running on them, as an ultimate layer of security.
The European version of TechCrunch Disrupt, the flagship conference of the well-known publication that bears the same name, took place on the 20th and 21st in London.
The city was chosen due to the its reputation of being a magnet of talent, and the plethora of successful startups that emerged from it during the past few years, covering finance, fashion, media, design and entertainment.
Around 1600 people from all over the world, among which: tech aficionados, investors, startups, tech journalists, VCs and angel investors had the opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere at Old Billingsgate Market.
The event featured top speakers from successful companies like: Tine Thygesen (Everplaces), Carlos Eduard Espinal (Seedcamp), Onno Faber (TapTalk), Morten Lund (XY), Eric Wahlforss (Soundcloud) and many others, who shared their thoughts on the current state of the startup scene, the challenges they had to overcome in their past and some advice for future entrepreneurs looking for funding and media coverage.
The most expected moment of the event (no, I’m not talking about the wild afterparties here), Startup Battlefield gave numerous early stage startups the opportunity of pitching their products on the stage, in front of the judges who were to decide for the winners.
Apple released yesterday OS X 10.10 a.k.a Yosemite, the new version of its worldwide known operating system, and it’s free to download. The most visible changes: the visual similarity to Apple mobile operating system iOS 8, to which this version also approaches in terms of cooperation between the two systems.
ONLINE in capital letters
Another powerful push of the Apple team with this operating system is the seamless integration with the Internet: widgets from the App Store can be integrated into the notification bar to inform you about news, weather, stock market and everything else interesting. And you will notice right in the middle of the screen the search function that can also work with Wikipedia, iTunes, calendar entries and emails. Furthermore, along with iOS 8 they incorporated iCloud 8 Drive and made it available alongside with its competitor Dropbox. You can even make phone calls to your iPhone or send SMSs with OS X.
More news: Safari will consume noticeably less power on MacBooks, all major web standards will be supported better than before, and a community sharing function is integrated directly into the browser.
The handy “continuity” function ensures that your various Apple devices are aware of one another, so you can pick up on one where you left off on another — for example, you start surfing the web on your iPad and then pick it up later on your laptop.
Compatible CyberGhost Version Coming Soon
A Yosemite-compatible version of CyberGhost VPN will be published soon, and we’re really keen on releasing it as fast as possible. Wwe have already successfully tested it as beta, it won’t take long, until the update will be available, most probably this weekend, but the latest on Tuesday next week.