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.

8 Amazing Apps And Plug-Ins For Keeping Your Privacy In Check

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A few days ago we were talking about the public’s acquired taste for privacy which seems to apply to pretty much all things online, from social media networks to search engines. You are probably using a VPN already (if you’re not, here’s a great deal for you), but you can never be too careful.

That is why, listed below, you can find 8 apps that work wonders when it comes to adding an extra layer of security to your digital life. Best part? They are completely free!

Do Not Track Me

Do not Track Me, initially known as Do Not Track Plus is a free browser add-on that claims to stop over 600 companies and advertisers from tracking users online. It works with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even the infamous Internet Explorer. What it actually does is block the services that would normally collect your data while online. Besides that, it masks your personal email address from advertisers and the like.

Mask Me

The name says it all! You can use it to mask your email directly from email form fields across the web. That means that besides having your email address kept safe from hackers, you will also get rid of those annoying spam messages once and for all. Pretty safe , I would say, but if you’re aiming for  extra security for your credit card or phone, you’ll have to get out of your pocket $5/ month or $45/year.

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With all the attention it got at the SXSW conference, I guess it’s pretty safe to say that Secret is not a secret anymore. What makes it special is that you are able to share your thoughts with your Facebook friends, and their connections, without actually knowing who is who and without them knowing who you are. You can also ask questions, or do some sort of anonymous surveys. The only thing is that, being restricted to your circle of friends and their friends, assumptions about users’ identity can be made quite easily.

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Another proof that users got sick and tired of aligning to the trend of beach selfies and duckface group photos that overcrowd the most popular social networks at the moment, Whisper allows people who want to show their real self instead of the fake, carefully polished one, to communicate or post updates about almost anything. You are able to see updates from anyone near you, not only your contacts.

You can also choose a background photo for your message and your account is password protected, so if somebody highjacks your phone, they won’t be able to see any of your posts.

The only downside is that this is an app teenage girls seem to love, so expect a lot of drama and high school gossip.

Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go is a really well known search engine among privacy enthusiasts. It was all the rage a few years ago and then abruptly faded from the spot light, only to resurface once with the NSA scare.

The search engine prides itself on not collecting your personal information and not force-feeding you ads.

Here’s how the search result list looks compared to Google’s:

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Duck Duck Go has a much cleaner interface, and while still a little rough around the edges, it promises a lot.

Yik Yak

With a limit of 200 characters, Yik Yak imposed itself as an Anonymous Twitter. No handle is required, though you can set one from time to time just for fun, and you also have the possibility of turning your location on, sharing other people’s Yaks and commenting on them.

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With Yik Yak, you have access to the thoughts of people in your area (some of which appear strange to say the least), or those from different groups. You can set it up to run on your Android or iOS.

Though not as popular as the other apps, it’s definitely worth a shot!

Snapchat

This one has been around for a while, and almost anyone is on it. You can make short videos or photos and then send them to your friends which will be able to see them for a few seconds, depending on your settings. After that, the materials will self-destroy and nobody will be able to hold you responsible for what you sent.

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The only problem is that currently, there are  a few apps, like SnapTrap, which promise to help you save snaps from other users. So take it with a pinch of salt!

Telegram

Telegram gained popularity in February, this year, when WhatsApp crashed for several hours. It’s easy to understand why this happened, given that at first glance, it looks like an imitation made by a copycat company.

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You shouldn’t let that fool you. Telegram is really fast, it promises privacy and security and even offered a $200.000 bounty to anyone who can hack it.

And just in case you want to be extra safe, you can initiate a secret chat which guarantees an end to end encryption, a self-destruct timer for the conversation that can be anywhere from a few seconds to a few weeks and makes it impossible to be forwarded.

Hats off!

The Future of Privacy Is Now and it’s Happening in Europe

“Privacy is back, not just as social norm, but as a business model.”-was the quote that got my attention in a Slate article from last week. The piece was centered on the implications of Mark Zuckerberg’s sudden change of attitude from: “Privacy is no longer a social norm”, just a few years ago to today’s attempts to win more users over, through adding extra features that guarantee more confidentiality and changing the default settings.

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Needless to say that working for CyberGhost and being a sucker for privacy, I instantly started to look into the subject. It didn’t take long to come up with a list of recent startups whose sole business was either anonymizing their users, or securing their data. Companies like Duck Duck Go, Abine, Signal, Secret, Whisper and Snapchat are surprisingly popular among teenagers.

If the last decade was all about transparency, doing things and letting the whole world know about them, creating a strong online presence, and shouting your feelings out loud until the point of complete vulnerability, the present is certainly focused on the idea of keeping most of the things to yourself and having full control over what you share with the rest of the world.

It seems that the overenthusiastic, somewhat naive and undiscerning public which populated the internet at the beginnings of social media has slowly matured and realized the implications and perils of inviting strangers into their lives by oversharing, or overlooking their security settings.

While European startups and companies seem to have figured out this a while ago, American ones are just catching up under a less than favorable legislation. There is not much they can do regarding the NSA surveillance and keeping their users anonymous will only lead to them drowning into a sea of DMCA requests.

And this is one of the reasons why we here at CyberGhost believe the future of privacy lies in Europe, where it can be fully guaranteed under a favorable, protecting legislation.

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While we are happy that privacy became “the thing”, it is quite worrying that a lot of these organizations that claim to offer users  anonymity don’t fully understand the concept and don’t have the means to do this, thus creating a false sense of security for the user, which can at times be more harmful than no protection at all.

As for Facebook and other companies which just woke up one day loving privacy more than anything else, it is often said that the best indicator for somebody’s future behavior is their past behavior.