Archive - February 2017

Unblock the Internet with 36 new CyberGhost VPN servers

Hey there, Ghosties!

Happy news: 36 new servers have been added to the CyberGhost park, thus keeping you spoilt for choice concerning the location you wish to surf the web from.

We now have a total of 870 VPN servers, located across a total of 29 countries.

Here is the detailed list of freshly released servers:

FREE:

  • Romania (4 in Bucharest – S03)
  • USA (4 in New York – S06, 8 in Los Angeles – S11 and S12)
  • Germany (4 in Frankfurt – S24)
  • France (4 in Paris – S16)

PREMIUM:

  • Germany (4 in Frankfurt – S25)

BOTH FREE & PREMIUM:

  • Ukraine (4 in Kiev – S01, out of which 1 is Free and 3 are Premium)
  • Germany (4 in Berlin – S04, out of which 2 are Free and 2 are Premium)

To find out precisely where all our servers are located and what their user load is, go to our website. If you wish to gain access to all our servers, simply click here and choose a Premium subscription.

Privacy takes the fast lane: personal data and your car

Technological advancements happen for one basic reason: to make our lives better. There’s no doubt about that, but there is however a downside to all the breakthroughs of the modern world, and that is the unwanted exposure our personal data gets along the way.

Why does this happen? Because we want everything to be done easier.

We want our car to know by default our inside temperature preferences and to give us the exact directions to “home”, without us having to dictate the precise address. We want to be able to sync our phone’s contact book with our automobile so that we can simply say the name of the person we wish to call and hear them through the car’s sound system in an instant.

However, apart from these imaginable details we willingly let our cars track about us, there are also the less-obvious ones… a GPS is incorporated in our vehicles which always knows where we’re headed and there are numerous cameras and microphones which may record information about vehicle occupants. Biometric information, such as fingerprints or faces, can also be stored and eventually hacked.

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Attention, travelers: countries where VPNs are illegal

In some countries, topless sunbathing is frowned upon and strictly prohibited. Such a place is Egypt. In other countries, wearing a burqa is not allowed. That kind of place is France. Winter tires are also source for controversy, as using them during summer can lead to certain fines in Italy.

If such things leave room for debate, it comes as no surprise that tools such as VPNs are frowned upon in certain places, especially since they were created to protect our identities online, thus not allowing others to spy on us and maybe to control us easier.

Why are VPNs banned?

The reasons/pretexts for which VPNs are banned vary. The most widespread ones are terrorism, child pornography distribution, spreading malware, committing fraud or other illegal activities. Such a measure may save time and effort when catching certain felons, but it could expose many innocents to various types of cybercrimes.

However, this VPN ban is taken very seriously in the countries which have adopted it. Harsh punishments can be applied to those violating it, including simple tourists.

What forms of punishments are applied?

If you take the following excerpt from the United Arab Emirates’ federal law, you will notice that breaking the VPN ban is in no way regarded lightly:

“Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dhs 500,000 [US$136,000] and not exceeding Dhs 2,000,000 [US$544,500] of either of these two penalties.”

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Brick-and-mortar business owners, it’s time to monetize your free WiFi!

If you’re a brick-and-mortar business owner and offer free WiFi services to travelers, CyberGhost has come up with a way for you to make money, while also protecting your clients online.

By joining the Safe WiFi project, you can earn up to 1 EUR for each CyberGhost download.

Part of the CyberGhost Affiliate program, the Safe WiFi project is dedicated to all brick-and-mortar businesses offering WiFi services to their customers.

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Every move you make – 3 tips to stop your phone from tracking you

It is no mystery that everything we do online leaves traces behind. Our mobiles seem to be the most knowledgeable tool on that matter, since we carry them everywhere with us and they silently keep track of everything we do. Why is that, you ask? Well, our personal information is probably one of our most valuable assets, whether we’re aware of that or not.

On the one hand, our details can be used for advertising purposes. If you fill in your email address somewhere on the Internet, don’t be surprised if you start receiving unsolicited emails trying to convince you to buy a product you never showed interest in. Also, if you happen to google a random word, such as “backpack” or maybe use it in a hashtag on a social media channel, expect to be targeted with Facebook/Google ads for backpacks almost immediately afterwards.

On the other hand, all the info you leave behind online can be used as evidence in a legal action, if that is the case. Maybe you decide to look up online the most extremist groups throughout history – out of pure curiosity or maybe you wish to write a book on the topic. This info can be used against you should you ever be involved in a lawsuit.

Last but not least, let’s not forget about hackers. Apart from simply stealing your credit card details used on an unsecure app/website and using them to make payments in your name, they can claim your personal identity and use it as their own.

All this (and not only) can be done using the data our mobiles learn about us. Here are a few tips & tricks leave less behind and keep more to yourself:

  1. Google Maps & Location Reporting

Google Maps knows exactly where you are or you’ve been and is not afraid to share. But there is a way to delete your history and disable future tracking.

To check if you have location history is enabled, head to your Google Maps Timeline, after logging in to your Google account. In the section below the map, you will see whether location history is on or off and you will also be able to pause it, if it is on.

But let’s go beyond Google maps. There are other apps using your location. You can also which apps are using location services on your iPhone by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

On Android, go to Settings > Location > Google Location Reporting. For Location Reporting, tap the slider to turn it off.

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