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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Regarding CyberGhost we’d like to ensure you that CyberGhost VPN is still a good friend:
1. We don’t use any of the maybe hacked or unsafe technologies, instead we began even before ‘Bullrun’ became public, to provide the VPN tunnel to and on ALL our servers (Free and Premium) with AES with 256 bit key length. There are no hints that AES-256 is even near to be hacked. In fact, at present it’s much more likely the earth will fall into the sun than the NSA will be able to decrypt 256 bit AES secured data. (This goes also for TrueCrypt, so don’t fall for any propaganda claiming TrueCrypt is a threat and guiding you to real unsafe technologies like Psyop.)
2. Our Windows client as well as the announced Mac OS X and Android client are based on OpenVPN. This protocol is Open Source and controlled by a worldwide community of programmers and therefore backdoor free.
3. We run our business under the Romanian legislation and can’t be forced by the NSA to take part in their goal for worldwide espionage. No backdoors included!
4. Some still in use SSL components will steadily be exchanged and updated – even though they are commonly not yet be seen as unsafe.

Like said above, good cryptography is still effective and the only option against spying eyes. If you have any other questions, please write us a comment and we will be happy to answer.

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.

So before you ask us why do you have small speed on your servers, it’s important to define „small“. Should you reach on all servers speeds less than 4 Mbit, although your internet connection can do far more (you can test this on speedtest.net), you may assume then there is a problem on your PC. To check this, please test the VPN connection with sufficiently different servers at different locations (at least 3). If the results are all over bad, it means there is a problem on your PC.

You can read all the explanation of the speed problems here, on our forum:
https://board.cyberghostvpn.com/cyberghost-vpn-english-boards/announcements/5290-what-to-do-when-you-have-speed-problems/.

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