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Our new Windows VPN app, now on a device near you
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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: China bans ad blocking, France tells Microsoft to stop tracking users & more
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10 tips for online privacy, while catching ’em all in Pokemon GO
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How toys pry into our children’s lives and what we can do to stop them
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WikiLeaks gets blocked in Turkey, but you can access it with CyberGhost
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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Sharing online passwords becomes federal crime, EU-US Privacy Shield goes into effect & more
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Best Online Privacy: Free vs. Paid

Our new Windows VPN app, now on a device near you

In the last two years, we have been all ears! Like good and diligent Ghosties, we’ve been taking notes from your feedback, so that you can make the most of your CyberGhost experience and enjoy the perks of a fully protected and anonymized Internet connection. This is how CyberGhost 6 has come to see the light of day. Take advantage of all its features and discover what’s changed as well as what stays the same. Keep on fighting the good fight for a better, faster and safer Internet!

What’s new, in a nutshell

[drums rolling in the background ] Well, the first thing that you will notice is our refreshed, clean and sleek design. Right from the get-go, you will be invited to choose the CyberGhost service you wish to unblock. Whether you simply want to surf anonymously, unblock streaming services, protect your Internet connection (WiFi or network), torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites or choose your own VPN service, you can do so, with the simple click of a button.

Here’s what our new app looks like:

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Nice choice of colors, right? But, as you already know, there is more to us, Ghosties, than just looks. Let’s click on each profile and discover the goodies that it unlocks!

Surf Anonymously

This profile activates all protection components and starts your preferred browser in incognito mode. You are invited to manually add extra features as well, but a default selection has already been made in our new Windows VPN app, so that you can fully enjoy the perks of the free Internet without worrying too much about technicalities.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: China bans ad blocking, France tells Microsoft to stop tracking users & more

Online privacy remains a hot topic these days, with new laws, bans and decisions taking place all over the world. Here is what we regard as some of the most important headlines of the week:

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China bans blocking… Ad blocking, that is

A new level has been reached in blocking these days. Starting September 1, China will block blocking itself. In a document published by China’s Commerce Bureau, the People’s Republic of China presented the framework for a new Internet policy advertising law that will go into effect on September 1.

According to article XVI, all software and hardware that intercepts, filters, covers, fast-forwards or in any way prevents an advertisement from being viewed is prohibited. Read more here.

 

France says Microsoft’s user data collection is a faux pas

France’s data privacy watchdog, the CNIL, has ordered Microsoft to “stop collecting excessive user data” and to cease tracking the web browsing history of Windows 10 users without their consent.

This decision follows the discovery that the company was still transferring data to the US under the Safe Harbour agreement, which became invalid in October 2015.

The CNIL has issued similar notices against US tech companies in the past. More on the subject, at this link.

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10 tips for online privacy, while catching ’em all in Pokemon GO

If you caught the Pokémon GO bug and can’t help hunting hidden creatures across town or are merely thinking of downloading the app, there are some things you should know before putting your online privacy at stake.

We, at CyberGhost, are here to help you enjoy the content and apps you love, wherever you are. Help us fight the good fight and keep your private information private while playing Pokemon Go, with the help of these 10 tips:

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  1. Don’t trust the unofficial versions

Since Pokémon GO is not available everywhere just yet, there are many third-party gaming websites which recommend downloading the APK from a non-Google Play link.

You will be required to modify your Android core security settings to install apps from untrusted sources.

Hackers can then download your data, steal your identity or banking information, send emails on your behalf and so on, all these with the aid of side-loaded malicious apps.

Our recommendation: if you really have to, download only the official version of the app from Niantic. If it’s not available in your location yet, wait for the official release. It’s the safest way.

 

  1. Use only HTTPS links when making payments

When buying pokécoins or making any other payments, make sure that you are directed to a “https” URL. You can also force HTTPS automatically with the help of the CyberGhost app.

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How toys pry into our children’s lives and what we can do to stop them

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photo via Future of Privacy

IoT or Internet of Things. You must have heard of it. It includes all those objects surrounding us that are interconnected and communicate through the internet. You might also know that over the past years they raised some concerns on how secure they are for our privacy.

But did you ever think of another IoT? Also known as Internet of Toys, it is the latest big thing that raises not only moral and ethical issues but also cybersecurity concerns.

As technology developed, it managed to infiltrate all areas of our day-to-day activities. Because of this development, technology has significantly revolutionized education, as well. However, most often, the ethical limits of these innovative methods have not been enforced through any form of legislation, especially when it comes to toys.

So what’s the deal with the new IoT?

Most of us would probably wonder what the big concern about toys with integrated software is.

First of all, the majority of modern toys, designed to not only entertain, but also to educate, require access to personal information about parents and children.

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WikiLeaks gets blocked in Turkey, but you can access it with CyberGhost

According to Reuters, following the publication of nearly 300,000 ruling party emails, Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website. The telecoms watchdog obtained the material, dated between 2010 and 2016, a week before the attempted coup in Ankara.

As a result to Turkey’s decision to ban WikiLeaks, we have added it to the list of websites from our Unblock Basic Websites profile. Download the CyberGhost VPN app from here and search the WikiLeaks AKP email database at this link.

Unblock #WikiLeaks and get access to nearly 300,000 #AKPemails using #CyberGhost. Click to Tweet

Thanks to CyberGhost, you will be able to access the site through servers from Romania, that are closest to your country, so that you get the best surfing speed.

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Photo source: https://wikileaks.org/akp-emails/

Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Sharing online passwords becomes federal crime, EU-US Privacy Shield goes into effect & more

Online privacy remains a hot topic this July, stirring as much debate as ever. Find the most important headlines of the week from the CyberGhost blog, updated with fresh news every Friday. Jump in the conversation or simply quench your thirst for hot-off-the-press info.

But, most importantly, always surf anonymously with the CyberGhost apps for Windows, iOS or Android.

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Sharing Netflix and HBO passwords is now a federal crime… but not so much

On July 5th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that found, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

This might turn millions of people who share passwords of streaming websites such as Netflix or HBO into “unwitting federal criminals”.

However, Netflix representatives declared in the past that they do not track the number of people sharing account passwords, since that poses difficulties and can also beneficial to them.

FBI raises eyebrows by collecting 430,000 iris scans

Size makes no difference when it comes to cutting-edge surveillance technology. At least that’s the case of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, servicing 2 million citizens with the help of 1,800 officers, as The Verge draws attention.

Quietly, however, this department has collected iris data from an estimate of 434,000 arrestees, of the last couple of years.

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Best Online Privacy: Free vs. Paid

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Why is online security essential?

A great part of our lives happens online, so protecting our privacy and feeling secure are now crucial for our daily online activities.

It’s also true that this sense of online security needs to be educated because not everyone is aware of the risks they are exposed to.

Navigating online can be compared to a simple walk on the street and depending on where you choose to walk, the risks may differ. Thieves can steal your wallet, aggressive campaigns force you into buying all sort of products, people may trick you by manipulating information and the list goes on.

How to protect your privacy and keep safe at the same time

Unlike real life, technology comes with the big advantage of offering efficient solutions that diminish the risks and protect your life while clearing up the path for you.

An IP acts as your ID card to identify you online. Why should you hide your IP?

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