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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
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Data Compression: How to Save Money and Use Less Data
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Why Android Malware is worse than you thought
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CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge
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Prevent Identity Theft: 5 Simple Tips to Stay Safe Online

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

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Credit: The Verge

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.

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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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Data Compression: How to Save Money and Use Less Data

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Big Data and data compression are two of the main concerns of the current online world, along with security and privacy. People as well as apps, streaming services, and even social media sites are becoming more and more data-oriented.

Additionally, the data plan cost for the average internet users is rapidly going up. Smartphones have also evolved to make greater use of data so it is now more important than ever to know how we consume data (a.k.a. how we browse the web and what we watch online) and how we can control this consumption on our mobiles so it doesn’t get too expensive.

If you use your mobile phone as a hotspot for your laptop or other devices, we will explain below the benefits of using the data compression feature.

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Why Android Malware is worse than you thought

The future will not only be about thinner, faster, and bendable smartphones, but it will definitely also be about security and bigger online threats.

Let’s imagine a scenario where you don’t need to take photos anymore because Google will simply choose the best pictures from a live stream of the day’s events just to make your life easier.

Soon you won’t even need to decide what to eat, your Android phone will know exactly what you need and what you like, showing you the most suitable foods for your age. So long decision paralysis, right?

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But there’s so much hype around the future of Android that we forget to see the obvious threats, the alarmingly increasing number of Android malware, and the criminal activities carried out on smartphones.

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CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge

As you already know, we really like to improve things everyday and we are always counting on your feedback for that.

If you come here often, you’ve probably noticed that lately we made some changes in the design and structure of our articles.

We want to make this blog the number 1 source for Privacy and Security news.

And today we’re officially launching our redesigned blog through the CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge!

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Check our new blog design  and you can win a CyberGhost Premium Plus subscription.

There are 15 ways you can enter our Challenge, the more you use the more chances you have to win.

Feel free to share your feedback on the new design.

Hurry up! Competition ends on 28th of October 2015. We’ll extract the 10 winners through the app and we’ll announce them by email.

Prevent Identity Theft: 5 Simple Tips to Stay Safe Online

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I know that even as you’re reading this, you’re still trying to find an answer to the question “is Jon Snow dead or not,” so let me start by telling you this: Winter is coming.

Now here’s why:

$16 billion were stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, according to The 2015 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a new identity theft victim at every TWO seconds. 15% of all identity thefts are carried out online. The number of people falling victim to online theft in the UK grew by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014.

Another study shows that over 2 Million Americans are victims of Medical Identity Theft, an increase by nearly 22% from last year. And let’s not forget about the recent Anthem breach, the largest healthcare breach in U.S. history, which could affect up to 80 million Americans; the recent username and password theft from Forbes.com; the Kickstarter users’ contact info hack and the massive data breach at Target.

These numbers are scary and the future is not looking at all bright. I told you winter was coming. Jokes aside, online identity theft is a real and close threat to each and every one of us and it’s only going to increase with the boom in online connectivity. So it’s time we talked really seriously about this.

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