Win a CyberGhost VPN branded iPad

We’ve decided to challenge you, ghosties, to a competition where you can win a CyberGhost VPN branded iPad with 64 GB, Wi-Fi and 4G, secured with 1 year CyberGhost Premium Plus or 10 CyberGhost VPN Special for a year! All you have to do is Like our Facebook page and give us a valid email.

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Share the competition with your friends and follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see if you won!

The winners will be selected on November 15th 2013 by random from the overall giveaway entrants from all over the world.
Here at CyberGhost VPN, we encourage people to secure their online activities and protect their privacy even when surfing on tablets. We would like to make our VPN technology available for as many people as possible around the world.

You can try out our FREE service and start surfing securely!
Everyone is invited to enter the Ghostie iPad Contest from CyberGhost VPN!

Outrunning NSA’s Bullrun

Following the latest rumors about NSA and its connected Intelligence Services, many of you Ghosties are concerned about the decryption program called ‘Bullrun’ which is said to be able to hack SSL and VPNs – along with the equal alarming news that a lot of US companies have been forced to implement backdoors to their services.

But, and it’s a big ‘BUT’ here, we need to differentiate between an eligible concern and unfounded fears. The encryption line of battle has not been broken yet. It’s under heavy attack, no doubt about that, but good encryption still works the way it should: Protecting your data!

It’s true, that an encryption program called ‘Bullrun’ exists, and it really seems it’s able to compromise security barriers like SSL (as you use with your online banking) – but it doesn’t work as good as the NSA hoped it would. That’s why they force companies to implement backdoors and influence the programming of encryption standards (so they can easily break it). In a way that bad news is a good news, because it shows that despite all the money and the man power that goes in there, less than expected came out.

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What to do when you have speed problems?

Since speed is a hot topic for our users, we decided to write a post about this and explain how speed levels differ when using a VPN connection and when you are connected to a normal Internet connection.

When using a VPN connection, all data is divided into packets before being sent. These data packets are then encrypted with AES-256 bit. This is a complex and computationally intensive step. After the encryption, more control information is set before the data (Header), so due to additional information every packet is bigger as it originally was. This so-called “Overhead” is proportionally bigger, the more small packages are sent, since the control information have a fixed size regardless of the size of the original packets. For example, at CyberGhost (via OpenVPN) this takes approximately 50 bytes per packet (it varies depending on the setting for encryption, authentication etc.).

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The size of the data packets depends, among other things, on the following: over which servers are these sent and which packets size does the remote station accepts (MTU).
At the measurement of speed tests with active VPN connection is measured only how many user data can be transmitted over a period of time, therefore the above-mentioned Overhead is not measured. Continue reading