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.

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. Continue reading

CyberGhost VPN is now available for Mac

CyberGhost VPN for Mac was officially launched through a Google Hangout Live Session on 5th of June and is now fully available for Mac enthusiasts. It’s completely Free! We’ve been in beta mode for a few months and now we are ready to officially release this amazing privacy and anonymity tool for all Mac users out there.

Install the CyberGhost application on your Mac in just a few seconds. CyberGhost VPN can be downloaded here.

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When using CyberGhost VPN on your Mac you get:

– Privacy and security by encrypting your communication Continue reading

More Free Servers, More Power to the People

It may be the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese calendar, but according to us, 2014 is the Year of Online Freedom!

With this idea in mind we decided to offer as many advantages as possible to free users. One of the greatest news of this month is that we’ve added 4 more servers in Romania and Germany, for the Free users and you now have have a total of 31 Free servers, instead of 23, in 14 countries to choose from while surfing anonymous online. 

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New Red Couch Show Episode!

The collaboration between the US government and hackers has been a hot and caused a lot of controversy during the last years.

Now, another incident raised again the attention to this subject, when a group of hackers claimed responsibility for attacking the US Court System website and the US authorities denied it. So we decided to looked a bit deeper into it in our latest Red Couch episode. We actually interviewed the European Cyber Army, the hacker group that claimed the attacks on the US Court System website, so watch this episode now to see what they said: Continue reading