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).

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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.

Secret

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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.

Whisper

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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.