Author - Corina Dobre

Why do I need a VPN for my iPhone, when it is already encrypted?

Since the introduction of iOS 8 in 2014, Apple has informed users about the inclusion of device encryption, which secures device data from hackers, thieves and government agencies. On top, since iOS 9, Apple has pushed for even more security by making developers encrypt all apps, using HTTPS.

Furthermore, the reworked encryption of Apple devices forces law enforcement, federal agents, and intelligence agencies to go to the device owner themselves rather than Apple. These encryption methods prevent even Apple from accessing the data it holds on users, as they state on their website:

#iPhone #encryption is not enough for your #onlineprivacy. Find out why and take measures: Click to Tweet

“(…) we can’t unlock your device for anyone because you hold the key — your unique password. We’re committed to using powerful encryption because you should know the data on your device and the information you share with others is protected.”

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ZDNet: Why building a startup in Romania made more sense to CyberGhost CEO

Robert Knapp, CyberGhost CEO, recently met with ZDNet correspondent Andra Fiscutean to discuss why he decided to found his privacy company in Romania. Here are some excerpts from the article we thought you might consider interesting:

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With €100,000 ($114,000) borrowed from investors and the dream of building a VPN company, CyberGhost, he packed his suitcase, left Germany and moved to Bucharest in 2011. Six years went by, and he still believes Romania is the only place where he could have made it happen.

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“We would not have been successful elsewhere,” he says. “We would have closed it down in Germany after a year and a half, and in Silicon Valley after a few months.”

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Knapp, who often wears a pirate flag T-shirt and a black beanie hat when making public appearances, is now among the top entrepreneurs in eastern Europe. A few months ago, he sold CyberGhost VPN to Israeli company Crossrider for €9.2m ($10.5m).

He’s kept the CEO role and hopes to develop his startup further to one day make it the number one player in the privacy-as-a-service field.
Have you wondered why #CyberGhost #CEO Robert Knapp chose Romania for his business? Discover more in this… Click to Tweet

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Knapp did the math. His €100,000 would run out in Silicon Valley or London in a few months, yet in Romania, he could make his dream happen. “If you want to run an internet startup, you can basically do it from any location,” Knapp says.

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Because the local market alone is too small for a startup to succeed, Romanian technologists have to think globally from the outset, and this need helps them create products and services that could take off worldwide.

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To read the whole article, click here.

Beat the heat with our Summer Sales: 57% discount on CyberGhost Premium Plus

These days, online privacy has turned into our most prized possession. Governments from even the most democratic of countries are taking every possible measure to strip us of one of our most basic rights.

We, at CyberGhost, are here to encourage you to fight for your right. That is why now, for a limited time, you can get a Premium Plus CyberGhost VPN subscription at a 57% discount, valid only until the end of the month.

Thus, with one click, tap or swipe, you will gain:

  • Extra speed thanks to 5x faster servers
  • Apps for Android, Windows and iOS, included
  • No annoying ads
  • Access to more than 800 servers in 27 countries
  • Mobile data cost reduction through data compression
  • All of the above, on 5 different devices

Chill out, even in the scorching heat, your privacy is safe with our summer offer. Get your discount now!

Prevent Petya ransomware attacks with the CyberGhost Immunizer

Hi there, Ghosties!

You never really know what we’re “cooking” these days at CyberGhost! Could be an update to one of our multi-platform apps or maybe… an Immunizer for desktop Windows devices to help you prevent cyberattacks like the recent Petya.

For those of you not yet in the loop on this topic, ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. Petya is only of the most recent such cyberattacks, of massive proportions, hitting companies in Europe, the Middle East and the US on June 27th, wreaking havoc for employees and customers alike.

Petya caused computers to stop working, instead displaying a ransom note demanding $300 (£235). The widespread attack affected global and national organisations including the Ukranian National Bank, British advertising firm WPP and logistics company Maersk.

How our Immunizer works & how to download it

In plain words, our Immunizer tricks the Petya ransomware into thinking that the computer it is trying to attack is already infected. Thus, if the CyberGhost Immunizer is installed, Petya will think it has previously infested that PC and will move on, unwillingly leaving it safe.

To download our Immunizer and prevent falling victim to Petya attacks in the future, simply go to this link and then click on the .exe file to install it in the blink of an eye.

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Scheduled downtime on June 28th due to service upgrade

Good news, everyone!

As usual, we are constantly adding the latest technologies to our service in order to make sure that our privacy solution stays bulletproof.

Therefore, on June 28th, between 08:00 and 12:00 CEST, we will upgrade our Certificate Authority (CA) and all our servers, as well as client keys, to 4096 bits.

This will not require any action on your behalf if you are using the CyberGhost app on Mac OS, Android or Windows devices.

If you are however using the native OpenVPN software, you will need to download the configuration archive again from here, because the connection cannot be established with the old certificate chain.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the downtime and we thank you, in advance, for your understanding. It’s all for a good cause!

The latest data breach in the US leaves 200 million exposed

In one of the world’s oldest modern democracies, the United States, the right to privacy seems to be taken less and less seriously.

Last year, after merely taking on the role of US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the 6-month-old EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. In March this year, Internet Service Providers got the green light to sell users’ web history. August could see the end of American net neutrality.

Now, the (extremely, we would say) sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. According to bbc.com, the 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.

What’s worse, the data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Thus, absolutely anyone with the link could access the data.

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The future of privacy is here – time to update your CyberGhost app

With the overwhelming expansion of online devices, it quickly became obvious that far more addresses would be needed to connect devices than the IPv4 address space had available.

That is why IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) came into play. The total number of possible IPv6 addresses is more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and provides approximately 4.3 billion addresses.

IPv6 provides other technical benefits in addition to a larger addressing space, but we will not get into those, because what you need to know is…

Why we decided to deploy IPv6 services

As you’ve already probably noticed, we are always one step ahead of our competitors.

Most VPNs have been slow to accommodate the global transition to IPv6 and update their server networks. Of course, upgrading servers to support IPv6 is an expensive and difficult effort, but we’ve always promised to provide the best kind of online privacy solutions and we stay true to our motto.

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