Author - CyberGhost VPN - Oana Ciobotea

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Discover our new iOS App and take all our prizes
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Chrome Private browsing doesn’t protect your privacy. Are we doomed?
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Unblocking websites and apps is still a big problem in 2016
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Why hiding your IP in 2016 is a great idea
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Use LinkNYC wireless public network from New York in a secured way
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Planned Server Security Updates from Monday February 1st until Wednesday February 3rd
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How Being Unpopular on Social Media Can Keep You Safe Online: Basic Rules

Discover our new iOS App and take all our prizes

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Your entire online experience is about to change today: The coolest security iOS App is here!

We’re very happy to announce you that we launched our new iOS app and we truly believe it’s the coolest security app you can find. We’ve worked hard to make sure of that. Join our competition to get our awesome prizes.

CyberGhost is the first app to transform VPN technology into an easy to use lifestyle product.

We’ve improved connection time and now it literally connects in 1 second. This new app was created with all of you in mind: casual internet users, super-advanced privacy enthusiasts, old school techies, the curious geeks, all time travelers, movie fans, journalists, NGOs. Did we forget to mention YOU? Don’t worry, you’ll love it!

 

Discover what you can do with CyberGhost iOS App

  1. WiFi Protection

CyberGhost App will protect you every time you are using a free unsecured WiFi hotspot (most of the public ones are unsecured, yes, Starbucks’s WiFi too, sorry).

What’s even cooler is that CyberGhost is the first app to activate itself whenever your phone tries to connect to unsecured WiFi networks. You have your own hi-tech bodyguard now.

How WiFi Protection works?

When you activate the WiFi protection profile, your entire internet connection is encrypted. This way, no hacker will be able to access or steal your personal information including email accounts, Facebook or Instagram profiles or even your credit card information

Then start using this profile every time you are on free, unsecured WiFi connections in airports, hotels, restaurants, cafes or clubs.

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  1. Anonymous Browsing

When activated, it hides your IP address and your internet connection is military-grade encrypted – we use the strongest encryption type, 256-bit AES.

How it works?

I think you will be happy to hear that it actually blocks all online tracking behavior and you become immune to data spying by website owners, advertisers, and other online snoopers.

As you already know, we have a No Logs policy so you will leave no traces online.

Our IP Sharing technology proved to be the best way to preserve our user’s anonymity.

This profile also blocks cookies and malicious websites so you can have a really smooth and anonymous online experience.

  1. Secured Streaming

Streaming movies and online series is the new black and has become an essential part of our daily lives.

Who goes to sleep without watching at least one Game of Thrones episode?

But we also know how important it is to get a secured streaming experience and for that we’ve curated the largest list of streaming websites that are 100% guaranteed to work.  From Youtube to Netflix, BBC, ABC, Hulu, Fox, Comedy Central and many more that we invite you to discover.

How it works?

We’ve taken care and simplified the connection process: you click on the desired website from the list and you are connected.

If you are an expat or travelling outside the country you can take CyberGhost with you – it doesn’t take any extra luggage space and it will make your airport stay a fun experience. Just sayin’.

  1. Save Money

For this profile, CyberGhost uses data compression for all your traffic which makes for some pretty savings in terms of how much mobile data you use.

We can’t wait until you start using our App and get the coolest secured experience online.

Remember that all CyberGhost basic profiles and features are free. For the more advanced settings you simply have to upgrade to Premium.

Enter our competition today to win an Apple Watch, a cool Mip Robot or a Lifetime Subscription!

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Chrome Private browsing doesn’t protect your privacy. Are we doomed?

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What? But I thought that was the whole purpose of Chrome private browsing mode, Incognito.

That’s actually what everybody thought. But it turns out Incognito mode doesn’t keep you that private after all. It’s more like a hideout from your work colleagues or family, because the ISP can still see all the websites you’ve lusciously browsed, along with your boss and government.

Did you know that your Internet Service Provider (a.k.a. ISP) can see your entire browsing history and online traffic? Unless you hide your IP and use confirmed privacy solution, you stand no chance to keep your online life private. Read More

Unblocking websites and apps is still a big problem in 2016

More than 2 billion people are living under online censorship

This is more than enough for CyberGhost team to continue our fight for the free internet in 2016 with even more power and over 650 servers worldwide.

But the news from the Web Index Report is not great: “The internet is less free, more unequal, and web users are at increasing risk of indiscriminate government surveillance”. In 2013, the report showed over 30% of Web Index countries were blocking politically or socially sensitive Web content to a moderate or extreme degree. In 2014 that figure went up to 38%.

Here is a good definition of content filtering, as a form of online censorship, from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF):

“Many governments, companies, schools, and public access points use software to prevent Internet users from accessing certain websites and Internet services. This is called Internet filtering or blocking and is a form of censorship. Content filtering comes in different forms. Sometimes entire websites are blocked, sometimes individual web pages, and sometimes content is blocked based on keywords contained in it. One country might block Facebook entirely, or only block particular Facebook group pages—or it might block any page or web search with the words “falun gong” in it.”

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And in recent days, other massively used apps, such as Whatsapp, have been blocked for short periods in Brazil and United Arab Emirates.

The current censorship situation around the world

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At the same time, there is a fragile legal frame to support online freedom, with 84% of the countries having no effective laws and practices to protect the privacy of online communications. China is leading the top of countries blocking and filtering the web content. According to the same report, Uruguay allows its citizens the most online freedom.

When governments really cross the line, violating fundamental rights, like Turkey, during the “Big Ban” from March 2014, when the government blocked several web pages and access to YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud,  international organizations and companies react strongly.  Several countries pressured Erdogan’s government to release the ban and CyberGhost offerd 30.000 Premium keys to Turkish citizens so they can use the internet unrestricted.

So there is hope. Out of the 45 Web Index countries with extensive constraints on speech, only seven (about 16%) seem to censor more heavily online than offline.

What can you do?

Use a trusted VPN to access safely the censored content and protect themselves and their online privacy.  In some cases, like the case of some journalists in conflict areas, even their life.

Here’s a video that explains how hiding your IP helps you unblock restricted websites and banned apps:

If you want to learn more on how to avoid being tracked online, read these 3 essential tips.

Does your government block access to an app or website? Enter here and tell us which ones and we will fight to help you unblock them with Cyberghost.

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So we just have to keep on reporting the abuses and demanding better laws to sustain online privacy for everybody, while using encrypted online connection.

Why hiding your IP in 2016 is a great idea

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) has become in 2016 an integrated part of the daily online experience of internet users around the world. 70% of online users said in a recent global report they are using regularly a VPN.

Although media or some journalist still refer to VPNs as a niche market, it is clearly gone mainstream in the last 2 years for some well-grounded reasons: Read More

Use LinkNYC wireless public network from New York in a secured way

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New Yorkers have a new subject to talk about!

A network of Wi-Fi public hubs will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the entire New York with new street hubs called Links.

The first Links were launched, and there are many more to come, helping more than 8 million people to connect to the fastest and free metropolitan Wi-Fi.

Even more, according to PC magazine, the speed of these Wi-Fi’s is really super fast, gigabite internet, faster than Starbucks they say, so whatch out, Starbucks.

Cool facts about Link networks: Read More

Planned Server Security Updates from Monday February 1st until Wednesday February 3rd

In order to perform some system updates, we’ll need to interrupt service on each of our servers for between 5 and 10 minutes on Monday, February 1st until Wednesday, February 3rd.

This is a done on regular basis, and we won’t power down all the servers at the same time, so if you don’t want to wait for the maintenance on your favourite server to finish, you can connect to another one for those 5 to 10 minutes.

To see when each of the servers will be down for maintenance, check the list below.

Thank you for understanding and your patience, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this might cause you.

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How Being Unpopular on Social Media Can Keep You Safe Online: Basic Rules

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Don’t post photos that might be used by cyberbullies.

Even though you’ve been working out like Schwarzenegger at the gym lately and your body really rocks and you’ve never looked better, it’s best to keep those selfies to yourself.

In a recent study called the YouGov survey in which more than 4,700 teenagers from across the world participated, one fifth of those who had experienced cyber-bullying said it had driven them to considering suicide. More than half said being taunted online was worse than being bullied in person. A quarter of those bullied took measures and closed down their social media accounts.

So if you really want to be admired, throw a party and invite everyone you know. That should feed your ego:). Plus memes are always funnier to post.

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