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!

How to Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup Live on Your PC, Smartphone or Tablet

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The Internet will definitely change the way we watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We’ll stream our games online, we’ll read tones of reviews, and we’ll watch the funniest videos on YouTube with fail moments and many more.

This year, we’ll definitely watch the World Cup on the move: on our laptops, phones or tablets. And for this, we all know we should use CyberGhost as protection (and maybe even speed improvement) – right, ghosties?

Let’s face it, when it’s such a nice weather outside, it’s hard to resist staying indoors!

And if you were wondering which website is broadcasting live the games in your country, we’ve made a list with websites who will broadcast 2014 FIFA World Cup online:

World Cup American Broadcasters:

US: ESPN, Univision

Canada: CBC, Sportsnet

Brazil: Rede Globo, SporTV, ESPN Brasil

Chile: TNV

World Cup European Broadcasters:

UK: BBC, ABC, itv

Germany: ZDF, ARD

Austria: ORF

France: beIN Sports, TF1

Spain: Univision, Mediaset España (they have an app!) Continue reading

Pay Anonymously with Bitcoins

We’re happy to inform you that CyberGhost now supports Bitcoin payment for anonymous sales.

Are you new to Bitcoins?

Bitcoin is an anonymous way for Internet payments, safe to use, but unfortunately not necessarily easy to understand. If you are inexperienced in dealing with Bitcoins, please read a bit about it, e.g. one of the following articles:

How can you pay with Bitcoin for CyberGhost?

Visit our CyberGhost sales page, scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on the graphic called ‘Pay with Bitcoin’ and follow the instructions.

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Are other payment methods not anonymous?

In case you want to use different payment methods, you can also be sure your identity is safe with us. The payment will be processed by an external service provider and is strictly separated from CyberGhost and our infrastructure. Cross-connections between a sale and a certain account or between an activation code and an account cannot be made. The only possible worst case scenario would be a person might be exposed by authorities as having paid for a VPN – just like tens of millions others have.

Join Us at CyberGhost VPN’s Mac Official Release!

 Great news, dear ghosties! We’ve polished our weapons and on Thursday we’re ready to launch our super-duper Mac application! We’ll do it during a live Hangout on Google+, so please save the date: 5th of June, 14:00 (GMT+2).

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So here’s what will happen on Thursday:

  • We launch our Mac version
  • We answer your questions: send in a privacy related question and our CEO, Robert Knapp, CTO, Timo Beyel, and Business Dev Manager, Iulia Porneala, will answer it during the live event
  • We honor 1 year since The Guardian and The Washington Post publish the Edward Snowden revelations
  • We offer a Lifetime Cyberghost subscription for the wittiest question
  • We celebrate with you the CyberGhost’s nomination for “The Europas Awards 2014” as Best Security/ Privacy Startup.

Send us your question (or questions) via email or tweet with the #cyberghostmac hashtag and tune in Thursday, 5th of June, 14:00 (GMT+2) to find out the answer.

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Here’s what will happen Thursday:

We’re sure you were looking to connect directly with our team, and so now’s your chance!

CyberGhost VPN For Mac can be downloaded from here.

So join us!  Here‘s the event link!

One year after Snowden declared war to the NSA…

One year has passed since Edward Snowden left the US. He showed the world the NSA abusive use of online surveillance and how a real hero looks like.

One man sacrificed his life and welfare so that a world could benefit again from their privacy and dignity. We will never be able to thank you enough for this, Edward Snowden!

We want to celebrate this important moment with you, our readers, and encourage every internet user once more to start using one of the best anti-NSA weapon there is: CyberGhost VPN!

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Now, there are some things that all of us can do, from professionals to every single citizen of this world and that is to take our online privacy seriously and do the right steps to protect it, starting from today.

This means using the right privacy protection tools, being more aware of what we post online and generally, being more aware that what we say online may be interpreted different by different entities and organizations.

Even if you're not doing anything wrong

For one year now, we know that 2.7 billion people are possibly being mass surveyed by the NSA huge systems (physical size of 6 of the biggest IKEA stores, capable to store our entire lives).

Facebook doesn’t even charge for giving away data to NSA and 98% percent of the PRISM data has been collected from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, but AOL, YouTube, Apple or Skype are also involved, according to Wikipedia and other important sources. Continue reading

Smells Like Privacy Teen Spirit

Remember what it was like to be 16? Most of us didn’t have a job yet. Mommy or daddy was the bank, running to them whenever we needed money. School was where the most interesting things would happen to us. It contained the majority of our social network of friends and it was where we spent the most time. It’s also the place where we kept most of our secrets; and some of us buried them there.

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I remember not really having that much privacy. My mom was in my room all the time, she knew all my friends, and my location (at any time she could give you the GPS pinpoint location); so what little privacy I had at 16, I cherished. Secrets were something to be hoarded; eventually dying on that basketball court, near that special tree, or even, on that lunch table.

With over 1 billion active users, Facebook has become our outlet for posting pictures, videos, or just saying where we’re at and who’s with us. It seems as if teens, in particular, are posting more openly; not caring about who sees their pictures or what’s going on in them. A teacher of technology for inner city students quotes: Continue reading