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.

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  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.

News from CyberGhost: Beta (Windows), Beta (Android) and, yes, another Beta (NoSpy)

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 5.0.14.7

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.

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CyberGhost Android 5.0.15.19
The upcoming version 5.0.15.17 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.

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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.

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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.

Upgrade and tell us how you like them!

CyberGhost Beta Version for Yosemite is Out!

The wait is over! CyberGhost Beta Version VPN for Yosemite is out today!

Just check => the Install Beta Versions box in the client and then => Check for updates, as you can see in the pictures bellow. Looking forward to your feedback :)

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If you need help, please write at [email protected] and our tech team will help you kindly.

Enjoy!

Apple Fans, CyberGhost is Here to Protect You!

Do you own a Mac, an iPad or an iPhone? Then choose CyberGhost VPN to protect yourself online!

We’ve got the apps you need for full online anonymity, help you unlock content and apps you love (Netflix, Skype, YouTube, BBC and many many more can be unlocked with just one click).

We’re here to keep you safe from online bad guys. Download CyberGhost VPN for Mac, iPad or iPhone today!

New Servers in 2 Locations

Update: 9 New Free CyberGhost Servers! You now have more Free servers in UK, 4 in London more precisely, and in France, 5 in Paris. We told you we’re fast :)

It’s official! We’ve added 7 more Free servers in Bucharest, Romania and 4 Premium servers in New York for a safe and private internet experience.

Feel free to try them and share your feedback with us.

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Click here to find them > Server Overview <

If you haven’t seen our Indiegogo campaign, now it’s the time. Check it our and help us build the #NoSpyProxy!

Free Chrome Proxy Plugin… from CyberGhost!

According to w3schools.com, 59.8% of online users have Chrome as their main web browser (July 2014).

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We’ve had many requests from our friends lately regarding a Chrome app. We put deep thoughts into this project and asked our awesome German development team to build a steady, no logs, bug free Chrome Proxy. The result can be found on the Chrome store so please, do test it and give us feedback!

CyberGhost Chrome Proxy

The CyberGhost Chrome Proxy Plugin is:

  • Free
  • Easy to install
  • Good for unblocking online content
  • Gives you a new Ip within seconds
  • Encrypts your online browsing data, with 256-bit AES encryption
  • Gives you unlimited access to Youtube, Hulu, BBC, Netflix, SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify, BBC, Last FM, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Steam, Origin, Amazon and many, many more.

But please be careful:

Please note that this browser plugin is not secure when accessing Flash content (remember our earlier blog article?). For full online protection, we recommend you to install our desktop and mobile VPN solution: CyberGhost VPN.