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.

New Update: CyberGhost – Free VPN & Proxy for Android 5.0.16.3

The current update improves CyberGhost’s Android compatibility with more smart phones and tablet PCs. For that the ensemble acting of app and the new Crosswalk engine had been refined, while small bug fixes also got implemented.

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Last changes:

Version 5.0.16.3:

  • Improvement: small changes on the CyberGhost dialog engine
  • Improvement: care of Crosswalk engine
  • Fixed: crash when writing debug log

Version 5.0.16.0:

  • New: added possibility to choose between engines: web kit engine (Android) or Crosswalk engine (Intel).
  • Improvement: extended Wi-Fi protection

Version 5.0.14.11:

  • New: Possibility to change between TCP and UDP
  • Improved: small design changes
  • Improved: better GUI performance by new render engine
  • Changed: Auto connect now works in unsecure networks also
  • Updated: OpenVPN
  • Fixed: crash when changing network with Android 4.4; no reboot necessary to reconnect
  • Fixed: small bug fixes

We’re always interested in what you have to say about CyberGhost so feel free to send us your feedback in the comments below or at [email protected]

Maintenance Work in October, 2014

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 Downtime

Amsterdam-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S03 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S04 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S06 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S07 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S08 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S09 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S10 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Amsterdam-S011 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Atlanta-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 3 PM CET
Bukarest-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S03 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S04 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S06 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Bukarest-S07 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Chikago-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 3 PM CET
Copenhagen-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Dallas-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
Dublin-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Erfurt-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Erfurt-S02 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Erfurt-S03 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Erfurt-S04 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Erfurt-S05 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Espoo-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Frankfurt-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Frankfurt-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Frankfurt-S03 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Frankfurt-S04 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Frankfurt-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Graz-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Hamburg-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Hamburg-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Hamburg-S03 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Hamburg-S04 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Hamburg-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
HongKong-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 1 AM CET
Kansas-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
Kiev-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Laval-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
London-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
London-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
London-S03 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
London-S04 Tuesday, 14. Oktober, 08:00 Uhr CET
London-S05 Tuesday, 14. Oktober, 08:00 Uhr CET
London-S06 Wednesday, 15. Oktober, 08:00 Uhr CET
London-S07 Wednesday, 15. Oktober, 08:00 Uhr CET
LosAngeles-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
LosAngeles-S02 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Luxembourg-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Lyngby-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Madrid-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Miami-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Milano-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Montreal-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Moscow-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
NewYork-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S03 Monday, 13th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S04 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S06 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S07 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S08 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S09 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
NewYork-S10 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Oslo-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Oslo-S02 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Paris-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Paris-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Paris-S03 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Prague-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Prague-S02 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Prague-S03 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Quebec-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
Reykjavik-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 8 AM CET
Singapore-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 1 AM CET
Stockholm-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Tampa-S01 Tuesday, 14th of October, 3 PM CET
Toronto-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Warsaw-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Warsaw-S02 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Washington-S01 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Washington-S02 Wednesday, 15th of October, 3 PM CET
Zurich-S01 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Zurich-S02 Monday, 13th of October, 8 AM CET
Zurich-S03 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Zurich-S04 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Zurich-S05 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET
Zurich-S06 Tuesday, 14th of October, 8 AM CET

 

Cybersecurity Conference: State Officials, Security Experts and Instructive Speeches

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The second edition of the Cybersecurity Conference took place in Sibiu, Romania, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd this month.

More than 200 security experts, state officials and legal experts have gathered from all over Europe to discuss the current state of internet security as well as the future threats and best practices to avoid them.

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Laurent Chrzaovski, independent Historian & Cultural Events Manager & Daniela Chrzanovski, general director of swiss webacademy partenered up with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), along with the Swiss Embassy in Romania and the CERT-RO in order to to establish a dialogue between the private and public sector, with the help of state officials and law experts.

The event was packed with people and overflowing with great ideas and intriguing insights. The International Telecommunication Union, UTI, The Romanian Information Service, Dell,  Bitdefender, McAffee, Cyber Security Research Center and others had sent their best cybersecurity experts to represent them.

On the 1st there was a pre-conference training day (with official attestation), tailor-suited for non-technical decision-makers like CETs and CEOs, designed to provide them the necessary basic background and awareness by interacting as much as possible with the conference key-speakers.

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And because there is no security without privacy and vice versa, CyberGhost VPN was right there, proposing a whole new perspective to the concept of cyberthreats: mass surveillance as an impedance on the development of a free open market, interpersonal relationships, and a healthy sense of self.

After everything was said and done, I had the honor of being invited to a great Romanian Gala dinner that was flawlessly orchestrated, from food to music and activities. Towards the morning, the most courageous of us have stepped  on the stage for some good old fashioned karaoke.

Among the sponsors of the event were: Dell, palo alto networks, Safe Tech,  BISS, Bitdefender, certSign and Check Point.

 

CyberGhost users are safe from Shellshock bug

Surfing the net nowadays can be a traumatizing experience. Not nearly as traumatizing as European soldiers felt in World War I trenches, which gave birth to the naming of the recently discovered bash security leak in Linux systems (ShellShock) but uncomfortable none the less. The leak in the Unix shell seems to exist for quite a long time now, but came to public knowledge just recently – and by now it is widely and actively used. Even by ‘free time hackers’, who are usually lacking enough know-how to break into secured websites. As the discoverers of the leak stated, it is relatively easy to exploit.

Remember Heartbleed? Well, this bug is even older. You can read all about it here.

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Shellshock updates available

The good news: All important Linux distributions already rolled out updates with which the leak can be secured. Also CyberGhost stated a first (but reserved) all-clear signal. As many online publications stated yesterday and the day before, distros like Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse published two updates – as where the second became necessary, because the first one got compromised as well. Also CyanogenMod had been secured these days, while the usual Google Android doesn’t need any update and Apple users should be a little more patient and wait some more time. But then again: Desktop users shouldn’t be all too worried anyway, because the leak is used ‚just‘ to attack web servers.

CyberGhost is safe

Here at CyberGhost we know well about this threat and already took action right after the first notice of a potential security problem with the Unix bash. We performed a series of tests and patched (just in case) all infrastructure servers. According to the tests done we haven’t been affected even on unpatched servers, but we are nonetheless wide awake, because the amount of attacks hasn’t reached its peak and every day might bring new and different challenges. Of course, we will keep you updated, if this matter unveils new facts, but until then: Be assured, you’re safe with your favorite ghost!

Free Chrome Proxy Plugin… from CyberGhost!

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

Chrome Usage

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.