A Big Step for Privacy: Citizenfour Wins at Oscars for Best Documentary

87th Annual Academy Awards - Show

Director Laura Poitras accepted the award with Glenn Greenwald and Lindsay Mills, Snowden’s girlfriend 

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras’ documentary about Edward Snowden’s revelations on the mass surveillance programs of the NSA has won last Sunday at the ceremony the Oscar for Best Documentary.

This will bring a lot of media to the documentary, and hopefully more and more people will be informed about their privacy rights and the abuses of the US government.

These are Snowden’s declarations following the event:

“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me,” Snowden said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. “The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”

Snowden did an AMA Reddit session on Monday to discuss and promote the documentary, you can check it out on Reddit.

This is great news for the privacy fight we are all involved in, the acknowledgement and attention helps us take a step further. Get involved in this fight by staying informed as much as you can and by taking measures to protect your online privacy!

 

Image source: KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES

WebRTC Leak: Are you affected?

A lot of fuss for little trouble: Browser video chat renders VPN worthless, it says. Or: Firefox and Chrome reveal original IP address. Or: Deanonymisation via WebRTC. However: Turns out, very few are affected, because the vast majority operates behind a router and it is shielded by default – and even those, who actually are affected, can resolve the issue with little effort.

So, what’s this all about?

It’s about WebRTC, a video chat technique for real time communication directly inside modern browsers like Firefox and Chrome, which, as a side effect, can help to unveil a user’s original IP address, even though she or he is camouflaged by a VPN. Theoretically. In the real world the possible leak just affects users who are directly connected to the Internet with a modem. The WebRTC makes it possible to read all registered IP addresses inside the network card. All others should be safe, even though they use one of the mentioned browsers. From behind a router, all WebRTC is going to see will be in most cases a bunch of local IP addresses, such as 192.168.178.xxx and alike, which are common in all local networks and therefore worthless in terms of tracking.

U test

If your browser is affected, can be tested very fast on the CyberGhost WebRTC IP detection page. Just open your browser and visit this page: WebRTC Real IP Detection.

webrtc_detection_01

 

If your real IP is exposed, start CyberGhost, clean your browser’s cache (by hitting ‘F5′) and visit the page again. If you’re unlucky and your IP is still exposed, install either the WebRTC Block plug-in for Chrome or the Disable WebRTC plug-in for Firefox.

webrtc_detection_02

Fake Leak: No, CyberGhost has NOT been hacked

Contrary to the claims of an unknown hacker group, initially issuing themselves as Anonymous hacker, no credit card information has been stolen from CyberGhost’s servers and published. The reason is obvious: CyberGhost itself handles no payments and therefore has no access to credentials or has any infrastructure to save it. Accordingly, the published list only contains a rather lame collection of expired serial numbers from past promotions …

At Christmas, a group of anonymous hackers filled the headlines, presenting a Sony hack and, later on, asserted via Twitter, to have hacked various companies and stolen their customer data, including UbiSoft, VCC, Brazzers, UFC TV, XBL Gamers, Twitch TV, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Dell, Walmart , EA Games, and, ultimately, CyberGhostVPN. Initially known as ‘Anonymous’, then as ‘Lizard Squad’, the group seemed to have access to different companies and collected a list of over 13,000 accounts on Amazon, Playstation, Xbox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retailers as well as entertainment and adult platforms. The list includes credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. As a little extra, the hacker also published a copy of the controversial Kim de Jong lampoon movie ’The Interview’.

AnonymousGlobo_Twitter

Of course we can’t say anything about the truth of the allegations regarding the other affected companies, this is still to be reviewed, but as far as CyberGhost is concerned, we can give the all clear. CyberGhost itself does not accept payments and therefore has no data collection of credentials or else. In fact CyberGhost relies for payment processing on the e-commerce company cleverbridge – whose name is not on the list.

So what exactly has being published then, if not credit card data? Well, a series of expired serial numbers for CyberGhost subscriptions, grabbed at earlier campaigns and other promotions, plus some occasional license keys from recent actions (which were disabled during the last few days). So the purpose of the publication is rather unknown; it neither proves the existence of a vulnerability nor does it benefit someone.

AnonymousGlobo_List

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.

xmas

  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.

Tip 005 - Choose Complex Passwords - Not a Vocabulary Word

  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.

Encryption

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.

nexus-5-mockup (device, mockup) - with CyberGhost B

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