1 Year after the Twitter censorship in Turkey

Wow! It’s already been a year since the Gezi‬ protest in ‪#Turkey‬ against online censorship and the Twitter block!
In these protests, a 15yr old boy, ‪‎BerkinElvan‬, was deadly injured.

Back then, we did our best to help people in Turkey. Ten of thousands of people in Turkey were able after that to sent images to the world and boicot the censorship.
It’s sad to see that even after a year, the police detains protesters, as we read in The Hurriyet Daily News.

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[photo credit: The Hurriyet Daily News]

We’ll keep fighting for the ‪#‎FreeInternet‬!

Spread our message and support freedom of speech and the Free internet.

Planned Maintenance This Weekend

Certain system updates make it necessary to interrupt any ongoing service and start the system anew. This affects all servers and requires the respective hardware to disrupt all operations. At the time existing connections will be terminated automatically.

The following list provides information about which servers are updated on what days at what time. The off time will be between 5 and 10 minutes. Those who don’t want to wait until maintenance is finished are asked to please use a different server.

Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Server-Name

Planned Maintenance Time

Amsterdam-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S04 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S05 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S06 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S07 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S08 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S10 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S11 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S12 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Amsterdam-S13 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Atlanta-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Brussels-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S04 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S05 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S06 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S07 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Bukarest-S09 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Chikago-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Copenhagen-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Dallas-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Dublin-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S04 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S05 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Erfurt-S06 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Espoo-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S03 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S04 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S05 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S06 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Frankfurt-S07 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Graz-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Hamburg-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Hamburg-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Hamburg-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Hamburg-S04 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Hamburg-S05 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
HongKong-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Huenenber-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Kansas-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Kiev-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Laval-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
London-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
London-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
London-S04 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
London-S05 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
LosAngeles-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
LosAngeles-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
LosAngeles-S03 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Luxembourg-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Luxembourg-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Lyngby-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Madrid-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Madrid-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Madrid-S03 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Manchester-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Manchester-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Melbourne-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Melbourne-S02 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
MexicoCity-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Milano-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Milano-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Milano-S03 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Montreal-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Moscow-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S03 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S04 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S05 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S06 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S07 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S08 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S09 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
NewYork-S10 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
NoSpyProxyBucharest Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Oslo-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Oslo-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S03 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S04 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S05 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Paris-S06 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Prague-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Prague-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Prague-S03 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Prague-S04 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Quebec-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Reykjavik-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
SanFrancisco-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Siauliai-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Singapore-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Stockholm-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Tampa-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Tampa-S02 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Tokio-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Toronto-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Vienna-S01 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Warsaw-S01 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Warsaw-S02 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Washington-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Washington-S02 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Washington-S03 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S01 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S02 Saturday, 28th February, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S03 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S04 Sunday, 1st of March, 07:00 CET
Zurich-S05 Monday, 2nd of March, 07:00 CET
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WebRTC Leak: Are you affected?

A lot of fuss for little trouble: Browser video chat renders VPN worthless, it says. Or: Firefox and Chrome reveal original IP address. Or: Deanonymisation via WebRTC. However: Turns out, very few are affected, because the vast majority operates behind a router and it is shielded by default – and even those, who actually are affected, can resolve the issue with little effort.

So, what’s this all about?

It’s about WebRTC, a video chat technique for real time communication directly inside modern browsers like Firefox and Chrome, which, as a side effect, can help to unveil a user’s original IP address, even though she or he is camouflaged by a VPN. Theoretically. In the real world the possible leak just affects users who are directly connected to the Internet with a modem. The WebRTC makes it possible to read all registered IP addresses inside the network card. All others should be safe, even though they use one of the mentioned browsers. From behind a router, all WebRTC is going to see will be in most cases a bunch of local IP addresses, such as 192.168.178.xxx and alike, which are common in all local networks and therefore worthless in terms of tracking.

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If your browser is affected, can be tested very fast on the CyberGhost WebRTC IP detection page. Just open your browser and visit this page: WebRTC Real IP Detection.

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If your real IP is exposed, start CyberGhost, clean your browser’s cache (by hitting ‘F5′) and visit the page again. If you’re unlucky and your IP is still exposed, install either the WebRTC Block plug-in for Chrome or the Disable WebRTC plug-in for Firefox.

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Full proof – ‘Regin’ Trojan is an NSA Tool

If the world really needed more proof to realise the scale on which the NSA machinery operates, a new and irrefutable proof was released today.

On January 17 2015, Spiegel.de published an article based on documents obtained from Edward Snowden and provided a copy of a malicious program named “QWERTY” ), supposedly used by several governments in their Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)operations.

Today, the same news publication released an article, demonstating the same code provenience and indentical  functionality of  “QWERTY” malware to the Regin 50251 plugin.

Regin/Querty Vergleich Kaspersky

 

Given the fact that the QWERTY keylogger doesn’t function as a stand-alone module, only in tandem with kernel hooking functions provided by the Regin module 50225, it was concluded that the QWERTY malware developers and the Regin developers are the same or working together.

You can read here all the mind-binding conclusions of this ground breaking analysis that states once again that mass-surveillance is more than a fact, it’s a threat.

More than 520 CyberGhost servers for 2015

Happy New Year Ghosties!

We thought that it would be a great idea to give you a motivational boost at the begining of the year and worked our magic around to add more Free and Premium servers.

And the new servers are:

FREE

– 4 servers in Frankfurt (Germany)

– 4 in Paris (France)

– 4 in Washington (US)

PREMIUM

– 5 servers in Wien, Austria (NEW)

– 4 in Jerusalem, Israel (NEW)

– 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

– 4 in San Francisco, US (NEW)

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We are very happy to let you know that CyberGhost now has 520 servers online!

Feel free to test them all, we’d love to hear how you like them.

One more thing. What expectations do you have from CyberGhost in 2015? :)

Have the best possible year!

5 Tips For Preserving Your Online Privacy While Traveling for Holidays

It’s the season to be jolly! And travel. A lot.

Right now, most of you are probably making plans to escape the concrete jungle and head on to a city break somewhere quieter or to go see your family and friends.

However, there are a few important measures you should take in order to fully enjoy your holidays without getting your bank details stolen, accounts hacked, or house ravaged.

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  1. Don’t Show And Tell

No matter how tempting it is to brag about your perfectly planned vacation in an exotic destination, it’s never a good idea.

There are a lot of people out there, who can’t wait to break into an empty house and won’t leave empty handed either, while they’re at it.

So keep that in mind next time you’re traveling! Those awesome Instagram photos can wait a few days.

Speaking of which…

  1. Check Your Privacy Settings Before Uploading Photos

Don’t even think to share that photo with you holding three shots in one hand, before checking who can actually see it.

Sure, your friends will think it’s funny, your exes will turn grey with envy and your mom might get slightly worried.

Your current and future employers, work colleagues or people who don’t know you so well yet, will never see you with the same eyes again.

  1. Secure Payment Methods Are Your Friend

No matter how much you’re trying to escape your daily duties, it’s inevitable that at some point you might need to pay those bills that keep piling up.

In that case, make sure you always use a secure payment method, like bitcoin (if it’s accepted), or Secure Pay.

But even that is not helpful if you don’t…

  1. Use Strong Passwords For Everything

You might be tempted to use 1234 or your dog’s name as a password, but that is a huge mistake pretty much everyone comes to regret at some point. The only way you can make it worse is by having one password for all your accounts.

Regardless of the time and energy you think you’re saving, all you do is preparing yourself for sharing with the world a tad more than you’re willing and ready to.

Strong passwords should have at least 8 characters, contain big and small letters, special characters and numbers.

And if you think you won’t remember them all, you’re probably right. That’s why a password manager like KeePass always comes in handy.

Tip 005 - Choose Complex Passwords - Not a Vocabulary Word

  1. Beware of WiFi Networks And Encrypt Your Connection

Last, but not least, it’s important you remember to encrypt your internet connection whenever you use public HotSpots, which you will be doing a lot.

The simplest and most efficient way to do this, is by using a VPN.

CyberGhost VPN encrypts your traffic and changes your IP so you can surf anonymously and safe.

And you’re in luck! We have a great offer, too!

Encryption – A Guide for Everyone

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.

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You can read the entire guide here.

Feel free to share it with people interested.