Archive - September 2016

Ghostie’s weekly digest: the Germany Facebook ban and more

You win some, you lose some, they say. Well, this could sum up the week just perfectly on the online privacy front, since we had both a victory when Germany ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and an important step back, when Swiss voters decided to give new surveillance powers to authorities.

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German privacy regulator orders Facebook to stop collecting data from users; Facebook to appeal

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing the data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million users in Germany, according to Reuters.

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.

Facebook is however not pleased with this decision and said it would appeal it.

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We’re sending you on a trip to the most private destination in the world

Banksy once said “I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.” He also added that in the future we will manage to be anonymous for only 15 minutes.

Now, according to Banksy’s predictions, it appears that the future is here. Fewer and fewer people realize the joys of a life lived only for themselves, without an audience to like, share or comment in the background.

Here, at CyberGhost, as you already know, we’re all about online privacy. But this time, we are taking our credo to a whole new level: offline, that is. Join us in our privacy challenge: help us discover the world’s best hidden Vanishing Point and, as a reward, you could win a trip there!

To enter our Vanishing Point competition, all you need to do is vote for the destination you regard as the most private from our list of 6 locations. Increase your chances of winning by downloading our free app and by spreading the news about this competition on social media.

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The new Swiss surveillance law or the false choice between privacy and security

It happened on a Sunday, September 25th, a day which will probably go down in history. That is when Swiss voters approved a new surveillance law granting their national intelligence service greater powers to spy on “terrorist” suspects and cyber criminals.

A good initiative in theory, when put to practice, this new law would allow the authorities to tap phones, snoop on email and deploy hidden cameras and bugs, thus monitoring any potential suspects.

Of the 5 million voters, 65 percent supported this legislative initiative. The other 35 percent will just have to deal with this situation and find solutions for not being tracked (you can always try our free VPN, available on any platform).

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Any resemblance to the NSA is purely coincidental

Does this new law remind of the already notorious data-gathering machine developed by the NSA and revealed by Edward Snowden?

Not to Yannick Buttet, a politician and Christian Democratic Party vice president, who declared: “This is not generalized surveillance. It’s letting the intelligence services do their job.” Guy Parmelin, Swiss defence minister, said that with the new measures Switzerland was “leaving the basement and coming up to the ground floor by international standards”.

Until now, phone tapping and monitoring emails were banned in Switzerland.

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Unleash the VPN beast at its true power with the new CyberGhost for Windows tutorial

We can’t believe that over two months have passed since we released our latest VPN for Windows, CyberGhost 6. In this period of time, we were delighted to discover your feedback and to take it into account in order to further improve our product.

Many of you contacted us with questions concerning all of our new app’s services and features. While our colleagues from Support answered every single query, we thought that a video tutorial could really show what CyberGhost 6 for Windows is really capable of.

Watch the video below and join us in our quest for a better, freer Internet!

Don’t already have CyberGhost? You can download it for free at this link.

Planned Server Maintenance September 2016

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We have some important news for all the Ghosties out there.

We are constantly developing and working on our server park so you can enjoy the best VPN experience. This is why, from time to time, we need to undergo a maintenance which will shortly interrupt the service in a few countries.

Don’t worry because it won’t last more than 10 minutes for each server. All free users will be automatically redirected to the available servers. We kindly ask the premium users to connect to a different country for the short period of time when the one they are looking for is unavailable.

Without further ado here is the list of all the countries where the servers will be powered down for maintenance purposes:

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: FBI tells us to cover up our webcams, teen sues parents over Facebook pictures and more

The world of cybersecurity and online privacy has seen a lot of important updates this week. While some of them may seem like too small an effort for all that needs to be done on this front, they are a sign that things are going in the right direction. In spite of the fact that they may be taking the longest possible way there.

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FBI thinks that our webcams need to be covered up for fear of hackers

Earlier this year, when Mark Zuckerberg covered the webcam of his laptop, everyone thought he might be exaggerating a little bit. But the FBI appear to be on the same wavelength and have advised everyone to take this simple measure and thus avoid being spied on. According to FBI director James Comey, this is one of the “sensible things” that people can do.

We also think that it’s a good idea, since more primitive devices, such as children’s toys, have been known to spy on their owners through webcams & microphones.

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Are you receiving the “CyberGhost service unreachable” message?

Hey there, Ghosties!

A magic blog fairy told us that some of you are reaching our blog upon searching “CyberGhost service unreachable”.

Although we wish we could use our magic to guess exactly why you are receiving this message in your CyberGhost app,  our tech-savvy colleagues from Support will most likely have a solution for you. But before contacting them directly, we advise you to browse through our Help Center here. Use the same link to very easily get in touch with the Support team via the Live Chat widget.

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