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The fake news in your feed – how to stay safe and sane
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Some of our servers are temporarily unavailable
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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Facebook’s rumored censorship tool and more
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Are you ready for a 70% discount for CyberGhost Premium VPN?
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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Britain passes Snooper’s Charter and more
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Snowden movie review: when fiction turns privacy issues into reality
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CyberGhost, proud supporter of the “Snowden” film

The fake news in your feed – how to stay safe and sane

In light of Donald Trump’s recent election, many fingers have been pointed at Facebook’s potential contribution. There have been voices accusing the network’s promotion of fake election news to the detriment of real stories, an idea rejected by Mark Zuckerberg as “crazy”.

Moreover, the Facebook founder also declared, in a recent post on his social media channel, that “of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes.”news-feed-image1200px(1)In spite of these constant re-assurances, however, Facebook updated its Audience Network policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.

Google has not escaped such allegations either and, as a response, said it would ban purveyors of fake news on the web from using its online advertising service, AdSense.

However, these measures are probably not enough to keep us safe from the daily cavalcade of alarming headlines thrown in our direction. Here are a few tips and tricks which you can use to stay safe and sane from all the frenzy:

  1. Make sure the domain is legitimate

Some fake domains are easier to spot than others. For example, a redundant extension such as “.com.net” will certainly raise suspicions and a domain that slightly modifies a well-known website (by adding a “the” – thecnn.com or replacing a letter – gnn.com) should never be trusted or clicked on. Not only will you be misinformed but you may also end up with a virus posting on your behalf on social media.

  1. Watch out for grammar mistakes

Being a grammar nazi does have its perks. Many fake news websites are created in “farms” outside the country they target (they are harder to track that way) and editors are usually not native speakers of the language they write in. So watch out for unnatural phrasing! If it sounds wrong, it probably is.

  1. Be wary of ALL CAPS

You know the headlines we are talking about. Those that are practically screaming at us, inducing a state of panic. Do yourself a favor and don’t click on those.

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Some of our servers are temporarily unavailable

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Hey there, Ghosties! Since we are upgrading our service to improve the performance of all our servers, some of these will become unavailable starting today.

The countries that are currently offline are: Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

In France, some of the Paris servers are unavailable, while in Germany, the Hamburg servers are down.

We are constantly looking for new providers to supply us with the top level of service that we require. However, since we are very selective with our business partners, this process may take a little while – even up to two weeks.

Meanwhile, you can connect to the CyberGhost servers from other locations, as they are up and running.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will keep you updated concerning the evolution of this process.

Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Facebook’s rumored censorship tool and more

In many other parts of the world, the holiday season has officially begun. Thanksgiving was just yesterday in the US and Black Friday has become a global frenzy, reminding us that in less than a month, our close ones would better find something underneath their Christmas trees (on sale or not).

In spite of this global “cheerfulness”, however, digital freedom and online privacy are becoming more and more elusive, with anti-democratic measures being taken all around the globe.

Here is the news of the week in brief, brought to you by CyberGhost VPN, the always at-hand solution to bypass censorship or surveillance:

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Facebook reportedly built a censorship tool to return to China

According to the NY Times, the social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas.

The social network giant has restricted content in other countries before, such as Pakistan, Russia and Turkey. China has not been on Facebook’s map since 2009 because of the government’s strict rules around censorship.

Speaking of China, on a funnier note…

Chinese websites have again blocked searches for “Fatty Kim the Third”, as many Chinese mockingly call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with China’s foreign ministry saying it did not approve of ridiculing foreign leaders, according to reuters.com.

Extra, extra, read all about it: #Facebook may have built a #censorship tool, #Thailand pushes #cybersecurity… Click to Tweet

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Are you ready for a 70% discount for CyberGhost Premium VPN?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at CyberGhost and it’s not even Christmas yet!

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Starting today, until November 29th, you can purchase CyberGhost Premium annual subscriptions at a 70% discount, thanks to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promos.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Britain passes Snooper’s Charter and more

To paraphrase a Bob Dylan song, the times, they are a-scarying! Not only did Donald Trump win the US elections, which could have a major impact on global online privacy issues, but Great Britain and Russia are making efforts to catch up by rubber-stamping new surveillance laws. Here is the most important news of the week on the online privacy front, in a nutshell:

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Privacy-invasive law gets the green light in the UK

The Draft Communications Data Bill, a.k.a the “Snoopers’ Charter”, was introduced by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2012, and took two attempts to get passed into law following breakdowns in the previous coalition government.

With May as prime minister, on Wednesday, November 16, the bill was finalized and passed by the Parliament.

The law will force internet providers to record every internet customer’s top-level web history in real-time for up to a year, which can be accessed by numerous government departments. On top of this and more worryingly, the law gives intelligence agencies the power to citizens’ computers and devices.

Do you live in Britain? Maybe you should consider installing CyberGhost VPN for free in order to protect your online privacy.

Russia to start blocking LinkedIn after court ruling

Russia’s communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn’s website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating a data storage law.

LinkedIn will be blocked in Russia within 24 hours. One Internet service provider, Rostelcom, said it had already blocked access, according to Reuters.

LinkedIn, which has its headquarters in the United States, is the first major social network to be blocked by Russian authorities, setting a precedent for the way foreign Internet firms operate. It has over 6 million registered users in Russia.

The times are a-scarying! Britain passes Snooper’s Charter, Russia starts LinkedIn ban and more #OnlinePrivacy news Click to Tweet

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Snowden movie review: when fiction turns privacy issues into reality

First of all, as you may already know, we are proud supporters of the Snowden movie release in Romania. Starting November 18th, the picture hits cinemas throughout the country, but we got to see it a bit earlier to tell you whether you should also go to the cinema or not (in case you haven’t already). Be warned, however: SPOILER ALERT!

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So, what happens when one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors and one of the digital age’s favorite real-life heroes meet? A gripping hacker thriller emerges, bound to make each of us question our own privacy and whether we really don’t have anything to hide.

Although the movie manages to quite accurately illustrate the life and struggles of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, if you want to see a factual depiction of the former CIA and NSA contractor, then you should probably try the Citizenfour documentary, directed by Laura Poitras.

On the other hand, Oliver Stone, the director who brought Platoon, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, dramatized the Snowden character, without affecting his humanity or credibility too much though. Because the last thing we needed was another Avengers character (what would Snowden’s super-ability be though: online invisibility?)

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CyberGhost, proud supporter of the “Snowden” film

Although the movie “Snowden” has been released in various locations around the world, on November 18th, the picture will hit the big screens in Romania and we are proud to be partners “in crime”. So, dear Romanian friends, don’t miss out on a riveting true-life hacker thriller about the man who encouraged us to re-claim the right to online privacy!

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In a nutshell, the film tells the already well-known story of NSA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press and became an online privacy hero. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the leading actor, while Academy Award winner Oliver Stone is the director.

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