Smells Like Privacy Teen Spirit

Remember what it was like to be 16? Most of us didn’t have a job yet. Mommy or daddy was the bank, running to them whenever we needed money. School was where the most interesting things would happen to us. It contained the majority of our social network of friends and it was where we spent the most time. It’s also the place where we kept most of our secrets; and some of us buried them there.

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I remember not really having that much privacy. My mom was in my room all the time, she knew all my friends, and my location (at any time she could give you the GPS pinpoint location); so what little privacy I had at 16, I cherished. Secrets were something to be hoarded; eventually dying on that basketball court, near that special tree, or even, on that lunch table.

With over 1 billion active users, Facebook has become our outlet for posting pictures, videos, or just saying where we’re at and who’s with us. It seems as if teens, in particular, are posting more openly; not caring about who sees their pictures or what’s going on in them. A teacher of technology for inner city students quotes:

“I know which of my teenage students smokes weed in the park after class on Fridays, and which other students are with him. I know which ones are struggling with making friends in their first few weeks at college, and which ones aren’t. I know which of my students chafe against overly strict parents on a regular basis. I know which one spends every weekend in the hospital due to a chronic condition. I know which ones got arrested last night. I know all these things because I follow them all on various social media services. And they know I know.”

So what does this mean? That teens are less concerned with privacy? That they want to show off their defiant behavior? Actually, they know more about the privacy settings than most adults. In a recent Pew study, results say that teens and young adults are the most likely to use strategies to be less visible online. The teacher from this quote ran a summer program to teach inner city teens about jobs in technology. During the program, they held a four hour session dedicated to the privacy settings on most of the social media platforms. What they found, was that the teens, not only knew most the privacy settings already, but they were actually bored during the seminars. Which was not the case for other seminars: html intro, programming jobs, even basic informatics held their attention more. These teens stated that instead of logging out of Facebook every time, they actually de-activate their account (leaving them invisible while not logged in) until logging back in and re-activating it.

In conclusion, with all the new privacy apps and VPN programs popping up everywhere, this is a direct message to their marketing directors!! Teens are very aware of the importance of privacy and should be considered an important target audience, in every market strategy.

 

*This is a guest post courtesy of our cool intern from the US, Eramus :)

Top 5 Hot Topics of the Week for CyberGhost5

Fresh from our support inbox, we bring you the 5 Hot Topics of the Week! You can find the solutions for the most common problems you might have encountered this week, while using CyberGhost 5. Read them all here:

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Call for Information Technology Administrators

We are looking for an IT Administrator with at least 2+ years’ experience in IT administration. We’re looking for hard-working, detail-obsessed individuals who have a passion for hardware, software and networks. The IT Administrator is responsible for CyberGhost’s IT systems to ensure we operate effectively and efficiently including updating software and equipment, running regular data backups, establishing system access and security procedures, testing new equipment and training our team.

All we’re asking for is a team player who will thrive in our fast paced, creative environment. Our organizational culture thrives on open doors and direct communication. We love the fact that our small team is growing fast.

CyberGhost VPN is changing how millions of people around the world engage with the internet and you will be part of this, helping millions of people to (re-)establish their online privacy and Internet freedom. Come join us!

We’re waiting for you in the greatest city in Eastern Europe, at our headquarters in Bucharest, a short walk from Piata Victoriei metro station.

The job is full time. Send us an email if you are interested.

Information Technology Administrator 2

 

Responsibilites:

  • Talk with the team to determine IT needs based on industry standards ISO 27001 + ISO 9001
  • Establish and control systems access and security
  • Implement regular housekeeping procedures for security (firewalls, password management etc.), including data backup
  • Coordinate system updates and replacement of outdated versions
  • Maintain data dictionaries and ISO manuals (ISO 27001 + ISO 9001)
  • Provide day-to-day advice to the team on data structures and terminology provide training in systems use and access
  • Provide assistance in testing new equipment and systems
  • Prepare technical reports on the operation of systems, systems cost estimates and cost-benefit analyses
  • Coordinate the work of our server admin(s) for our web infrastructure (250 NAT server, login server, load balancer, DNS server etc.)
  • Communicate with providers

 

Requirements:

  • Good at technical activities (Microsoft certifications are a plus)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (English is a must, German is a plus)
  • Able to quickly understand complex problems and devise effective solutions
  • Willing to maintain and update own knowledge of IT content
  • Self-motivated, analytical, quick learner, organized, detail-oriented, multi-tasker
  • Able to direct and oversee the work of others

 

To be considered for this cool opportunity please email your CV in the first instance to oana.dima@cyberghost.ro

Free for a week : CyberGhost Privacy Browser for iPad & iPhone!

Yes, at times we can be really nice guys & gals – and to prove it, we give away our most unique ‘CyberGhost Privacy Browser for iPad & iPhone’ for one complete week for free. No hidden tricks, no ulterior motives, no conditions nor bindings nor requirements. Just a gift from us to you!

The ‘CyberGhost Privacy Browser for iPad & iPhone’ works with Apple’s iOS and will let you surf the Internet anonymously. It helps to secure your privacy on devices like iPod, iPad and iPhone and allows to download videos from certain platforms for offline viewing. Furthermore it helps to circumvent geo blockades and censorships, comes with a trash mail function to avoid spam and a browser simulation of the iOS Safari to access contents behind artificial digital walls. In short: It’s the little brother of your favorite neighborhood ghost for your mobile compadres and brings a lot more privacy, security and freedom to the Apple world.

You can download the ‘CyberGhost Privacy Browser for iPad & iPhone’ for free in the week between July, 20th and 27th , 2012 on Apple iTunes Store – and just in this week. Not before nor after, because we might be nice guys, but we still need to pay our rent!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cyberghost-privacy-browser/id495919861?ls=1&mt=8

We’re giving the 500,000th CyberGhost VPN user a luxurious weekend!

We are making great strides towards the milestone of our 500,000th user. The CyberGhost VPN team would like to celebrate this event by giving our 500,000th registered user a luxurious weekend with no expense spared. We will pay for a top-class hotel, dinner in the finest Italian restaurant, along with a superb program of evening entertainment at a trendy night spot, and anything else you need to make you feel like one of the top 500,000.

You will, of course, be informed when we have reached this milestone and who the lucky person is, as always, here and via all the other familiar channels.

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