Author - Corina Dobre

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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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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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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