Archive - August 2014

50 New Servers for You

It gives us a great pleasure to announce that we’ve added 50 new servers for all our Premium users and right now we are aproaching 400 servers so you can surf safe and anonymously.

The new servers are:

– 16 in US (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas)

– 4 in Canada (Montreal)

-20 in Netherlands (Amsterdam)

– 8 in UK (London)

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Try them all and let us know what you think of their performance.

In our quest for Internet freedom and online privacy for everyone around the world we are constantly trying to make VPN technology as friedly and accesible as possible. But still, the most important thing to keep your privacy and stay secure while being online is to have a responsible behaviour and don’t share sensitive or important information online.

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More servers to come! So please keep telling us where do you think we should add more servers and we’ll do our best to do so.

[Later edit: we’ve added 8 more US servers in Miami.Surf away!]

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Kostenloser Chrome-Browserschutz von CyberGhost

Hhm, freier Proxy, kein Gefummel, Länderauswahl, Sofort-IP-Change, direkt im Browser? Gibt’s sowas …?

Gibt’s! Von CyberGhost! Mit dem CyberGhost VPN-Browserschutz für Chrome installierst du dir einen kostenfreien und sofort verfügbaren Direktzugang zum CyberGhost-Netzwerk. Keine langwierigen Einstellungen irgendwo in den Tiefen der Netzwerkoptionen, kein zwangsweise durchzuführender Extra-Jump auf einen Web-Proxy – nur ein Klick, und du surfst abhörsicher und unerkannt dorthin, wo immer du dich gerade wenden wolltest. YouTube beispielsweise.

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Klicke hier, um den kostenfreien CyberGhost-Browserschutz für Chrome zu installieren …

Die CyberGhost-Chrome-Browser-Erweiterung ist GRATIS erhältlich und unmissverständlich einfach zu bedienen. Klicke einfach auf ‘Installieren’, dann auf das Ghost-Symbol oben rechts und anschließend auf den ‘Start’-Schalter, um deine Surf-Identität von einer Sekunde auf die andere zu verbergen.

Die Verschlüsselung liegt bei CyberGhost-üblichen und NSA-sicheren 256 Bit AES und der Identitätswechsel durch den Austausch deiner IP-Adresse sichert deine Privatsphäre genau dann, wenn du es benötigst. Er verbirgt dein Surfverhalten, schaltet gesperrte Inhalte frei und ermöglicht privates Posten auch in öffentlichen WLANs und Hotspots.

Allerdings: Adobe-Flash-Inhalte sind in der Lage, jeden Browser-Proxy zu unterlaufen und können deine Identität sozusagen unter der Tür durchschieben. Zum vollumfänglichen Onlineschutz für jede Gelegenheit und für jedes Programm auf deinem Rechner ist es deshalb unumgänglich, eine Desktop-Lösung wie den großen Bruder CyberGhost VPN zu installieren. Mehr über den Unterschied zwischen Browser-Proxy-Plug-ins und echten VPN-Lösungen erfahrt ihr ebenfalls hier im Blog.

Hinweis: Um das Risko durch Flash zu minimieren, empfiehlt sich die Installation eines Dritt-Plug-ins wie ‘FlashControl’. Dies ist ebenfalls im Marketplace erhältlich.

 

VPN vs. Proxy

Was kann ein VPN, was ein simpler Web- oder Plug-in-Proxy nicht kann?

Hand hoch, wessen Eltern erst spät den Weg ins Internet fanden! Die andere Hand hoch, wessen Eltern nicht wissen, was ein VPN ist? Oder ein Proxy? Oder der Unterschied zwischen beiden? OK, so viele Händen haben wir alle nicht, aber mit den Dingen befassen wollen wir uns trotzdem.

Was ist ein Web- oder Plug-in-Proxy und was ein VPN?

Zunächst die Gemeinsamkeiten: VPNs wie Proxies verbergen deine IP-Adresse und anonymisieren dich auf diese Weise. Während ein Proxy aber nur ein guter Anfang und eine ausreichende Lösung für zwischendurch ist, vermag ein VPN den ganzen Weg zu gehen:

  • Ein VPN zwingt jede Applikation auf deinem Rechner in einen geschützten Tunnel und sperrt die Internetverbindung für alle anderen, die versuchen, nebenher zu senden. Ein Proxy kümmert sich hingegen ausschließlich um deine Besuche auf Webseiten, also um das gemeine Surfen.
  • Ein VPN schützt deine Internetaktivitäten rundum, also beispielsweise Torrent-Traffic ebenso wie Chats, Downloads und Forenbesuche – statt nur deinen Browser-Datenverkehr wie ein Proxy.
  • Ein VPN erlaubt höhere Surf-Geschwindigkeiten und vermittelt Zugang zu weit mehr Servern in mehr Ländern als ein freier Proxy, der in aller Regel auf wenige Server beschränkt ist.
  • Da ein VPN alle Programme in deinem System unter seine Fittiche nimmt, bleiben Angriffe über potenziell sicherheitsgefährdende Flash- und Silverlight-Erweiterungen zahnlos. Ganz im Gegensatz zu einem Web- oder einem Plug-in-Proxy, die sich allzu leicht austricksen lassen.

Warum können Flash und Silverlight in Verbindung mit einem Proxy gefährlich sein?

Weil sie dich in falscher Sicherheit wiegen. Die Wahrheit ist aber, dass sich weder Flash noch Silverlight, also ausgerechnet jene Erweiterungen, die oft die Darstellung von Inhalten übernehmen, viel um die Struktur des Browsers kümmern, in dem sie sich eingenistet haben. Er kann noch so sehr abgesichert sein – Flash und Silverlight senden dank ihrer autarken eigenen Struktur selbst dann noch deine echte (bspw. deutsche IP) an ihre Herrn und Meister, wenn der Browser glaubt, du wohnst in den USA. Während dein Browser also gezwungen ist, seinen Datenverkehr über einen Proxy abzuwickeln, ist das Flash- oder Silverlight-Plug-in fröhlich in der Lage, den Proxy zu umgehen oder zu ignorieren. Du kannst deshalb als Anwender bei der Verwendung von Flash (wie dem Adobe Flash Player) oder Silverlight trotz Web- oder Plug-in-Proxy zu keinem Zeitpunkt sicher sein, dass dein kompletter Datenverkehr auch tatsächlich durch den sicheren Tunnel geht und nicht etwa nebenbei doch deine eigentliche IP-Adresse verrät.

Warum Proxy-Plug-ins trotzdem brauchbar sind

Besitzen Proxies wegen ihrer Einschränkungen überhaupt keine Daseinsberechtigung? Doch, auf jeden Fall.

Nicht nur Eltern lieben Proxy-Browser-Erweiterungen wie das CyberGhost VPN-Add-on, denn einmal installiert, lässt sich damit direkt und ohne lange Erklärungen sicher und unerkannt surfen. Wer einen Browser und eine Maus bedienen kann, kann so auch ohne Umschweife anonym YouTube-Videos abrufen und sich generell sehr viel geschützter im Internet bewegen – womit ein Proxy-Plug-in perfekt für Menschen mit wenig Hintergrundwissen ist. Obendrein ist es kostengünstig (weil umsonst) und lässt sich sofort und ohne den üblichen Firlefanz wie Anmeldung und Kontoerstellung in Betrieb nehmen.

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Schütze deine Online-Identität auch dann, wenn du nur kurz auf die Schnelle deine Surfaktivitäten verbergen willst – mit dem kostenfreien CyberGhost VPN Proxy für Chrome

 

 

 

8 Amazing Apps And Plug-Ins For Keeping Your Privacy In Check

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A few days ago we were talking about the public’s acquired taste for privacy which seems to apply to pretty much all things online, from social media networks to search engines. You are probably using a VPN already (if you’re not, here’s a great deal for you), but you can never be too careful.

That is why, listed below, you can find 8 apps that work wonders when it comes to adding an extra layer of security to your digital life. Best part? They are completely free!

Do Not Track Me

Do not Track Me, initially known as Do Not Track Plus is a free browser add-on that claims to stop over 600 companies and advertisers from tracking users online. It works with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and even the infamous Internet Explorer. What it actually does is block the services that would normally collect your data while online. Besides that, it masks your personal email address from advertisers and the like.

Mask Me

The name says it all! You can use it to mask your email directly from email form fields across the web. That means that besides having your email address kept safe from hackers, you will also get rid of those annoying spam messages once and for all. Pretty safe , I would say, but if you’re aiming for  extra security for your credit card or phone, you’ll have to get out of your pocket $5/ month or $45/year.

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With all the attention it got at the SXSW conference, I guess it’s pretty safe to say that Secret is not a secret anymore. What makes it special is that you are able to share your thoughts with your Facebook friends, and their connections, without actually knowing who is who and without them knowing who you are. You can also ask questions, or do some sort of anonymous surveys. The only thing is that, being restricted to your circle of friends and their friends, assumptions about users’ identity can be made quite easily.

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Another proof that users got sick and tired of aligning to the trend of beach selfies and duckface group photos that overcrowd the most popular social networks at the moment, Whisper allows people who want to show their real self instead of the fake, carefully polished one, to communicate or post updates about almost anything. You are able to see updates from anyone near you, not only your contacts.

You can also choose a background photo for your message and your account is password protected, so if somebody highjacks your phone, they won’t be able to see any of your posts.

The only downside is that this is an app teenage girls seem to love, so expect a lot of drama and high school gossip.

Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go is a really well known search engine among privacy enthusiasts. It was all the rage a few years ago and then abruptly faded from the spot light, only to resurface once with the NSA scare.

The search engine prides itself on not collecting your personal information and not force-feeding you ads.

Here’s how the search result list looks compared to Google’s:

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Duck Duck Go has a much cleaner interface, and while still a little rough around the edges, it promises a lot.

Yik Yak

With a limit of 200 characters, Yik Yak imposed itself as an Anonymous Twitter. No handle is required, though you can set one from time to time just for fun, and you also have the possibility of turning your location on, sharing other people’s Yaks and commenting on them.

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With Yik Yak, you have access to the thoughts of people in your area (some of which appear strange to say the least), or those from different groups. You can set it up to run on your Android or iOS.

Though not as popular as the other apps, it’s definitely worth a shot!

Snapchat

This one has been around for a while, and almost anyone is on it. You can make short videos or photos and then send them to your friends which will be able to see them for a few seconds, depending on your settings. After that, the materials will self-destroy and nobody will be able to hold you responsible for what you sent.

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The only problem is that currently, there are  a few apps, like SnapTrap, which promise to help you save snaps from other users. So take it with a pinch of salt!

Telegram

Telegram gained popularity in February, this year, when WhatsApp crashed for several hours. It’s easy to understand why this happened, given that at first glance, it looks like an imitation made by a copycat company.

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You shouldn’t let that fool you. Telegram is really fast, it promises privacy and security and even offered a $200.000 bounty to anyone who can hack it.

And just in case you want to be extra safe, you can initiate a secret chat which guarantees an end to end encryption, a self-destruct timer for the conversation that can be anywhere from a few seconds to a few weeks and makes it impossible to be forwarded.

Hats off!

8 New CyberGhost Servers in Canada and USA

We are happy to announce that we are adding new servers for Premium and Premium Plus users in Canada and USA. So all you Canadian servers fans (we hear you) can now enjoy our 4 new servers in Toronto and another 4 in Washington.

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You can now watch and listen, easily & safe, to your favorite shows on CTV and GlobalTV in Canada or enjoy with your friends the latest shows on Netflix!

We’re looking forward to your feedback.

But wait, it gets better: more servers to come in Canada and USA! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or G+ to find out when we add them.

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The Future of Privacy Is Now and it’s Happening in Europe

“Privacy is back, not just as social norm, but as a business model.”-was the quote that got my attention in a Slate article from last week. The piece was centered on the implications of Mark Zuckerberg’s sudden change of attitude from: “Privacy is no longer a social norm”, just a few years ago to today’s attempts to win more users over, through adding extra features that guarantee more confidentiality and changing the default settings.

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Needless to say that working for CyberGhost and being a sucker for privacy, I instantly started to look into the subject. It didn’t take long to come up with a list of recent startups whose sole business was either anonymizing their users, or securing their data. Companies like Duck Duck Go, Abine, Signal, Secret, Whisper and Snapchat are surprisingly popular among teenagers.

If the last decade was all about transparency, doing things and letting the whole world know about them, creating a strong online presence, and shouting your feelings out loud until the point of complete vulnerability, the present is certainly focused on the idea of keeping most of the things to yourself and having full control over what you share with the rest of the world.

It seems that the overenthusiastic, somewhat naive and undiscerning public which populated the internet at the beginnings of social media has slowly matured and realized the implications and perils of inviting strangers into their lives by oversharing, or overlooking their security settings.

While European startups and companies seem to have figured out this a while ago, American ones are just catching up under a less than favorable legislation. There is not much they can do regarding the NSA surveillance and keeping their users anonymous will only lead to them drowning into a sea of DMCA requests.

And this is one of the reasons why we here at CyberGhost believe the future of privacy lies in Europe, where it can be fully guaranteed under a favorable, protecting legislation.

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While we are happy that privacy became “the thing”, it is quite worrying that a lot of these organizations that claim to offer users  anonymity don’t fully understand the concept and don’t have the means to do this, thus creating a false sense of security for the user, which can at times be more harmful than no protection at all.

As for Facebook and other companies which just woke up one day loving privacy more than anything else, it is often said that the best indicator for somebody’s future behavior is their past behavior.

Twitter's Transparency Report

The Internet is changing even the way we fight. Twitter has managed to have a big impact during rough times in many countries, people using this social network as a way of expressing themselves and fighting for their freedom. They share short messages and attach pictures, aiming to mobilize the global community.

Such liberty is not really appreciated by all governments. And then censorship occurs: greedy governments cut the access to their people to such channels.

Not much has passed since March, when Twitter was banned for Turkish inhabitants. We immediately showed our support by offering them 30,000 Premium keys of CyberGhost VPN. We also engaged with a lot of people from Venezuela, Egypt and, our neighbors, Ukraine.CyberGhost VPN Online freedom Read More

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