Author - Corina Dobre

WiFi breach makes devices vulnerable to hacks, but there is a solution

Much to everyone’s concern, there have been discovered serious weaknesses in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. An attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs), notes krackattacks.com.

The “Krack” attack works by exploiting the “handshake” that a WiFi network and a device give to each other when the latter wants to join. Usually, the two decide on an encryption key for all future traffic, meaning that each device will only be able to read data if it has that key.

“Note that if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected,” wrote security researcher Mathy Vanhoef, whose work was noted by the US government.

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Qatar blocks VoIP apps such as WhatsApp and Skype; here’s how to access them

If you are traveling to Qatar these days or maybe are a resident who wishes to communicate more easily with his/her business partners or remote family, recent news points out to a new block on standard Voice over IP (VoIP) apps, such as Skype, Facetime, Duo, Viber, and WhatsApp.

Legally speaking, there are no laws or rules that prohibit VoIP services in Qatar, unlike in the UAE for example. However, it appears that according to the website of Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), no person or business can sell VoIP calls or services without a license. And currently, only Ooredoo and Vodafone, Qatar’s sole two ISPs, are licensed to do this.

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Curious about your genealogy? Mind the privacy risks in DNA tests

Taking do-it-yourself DNA tests from providers found online is a growing trend nowadays, as, by the end of the decade, the direct-to-consumer lab testing market is expected to reach $350 million.

Some of the purposes for these DNA tests are finding out where one’s ancestors come from, what health dangers are hidden in our genes or even if a child is truly ours.

Why is this happening, though? Why are people, suddenly, looking for their origins? Perhaps they feel that in an increasingly globalized world, we, as individuals are losing our identities and need to belong to a group or maybe it’s quite the opposite: we want to stand out from an apparently homogenous society.

Regardless of our reasons for taking these tests, though, one thing is clear. As for anything that’s too good or simple to be true, there are risks involved.

We are not talking about the accuracy of these tests, because others, more qualified on the matter, have tackled this subject thoroughly.

We are however discussing something one should always be careful about: online privacy.

 

Why would anyone be interested in your genetic data?

Your genetic data reveals precious information about you, more precious than you think. Drug companies, insurers and sometimes police would love to have a sneak peek into those.

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Once you put your cheek swab in the mailbox, you are willingly sending a valuable copy of your genetic data to a group of strangers who can do as they please with your information. You may have signed a privacy agreement, but since this is a commercial service and not an academic research project, things can change overnight, as companies get bought, and your data could get sold along with that transaction.

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How to save money with CyberGhost VPN and get the best online deals

Prices vary depending on many factors, from the time of year, device you use to make your purchase to the location you’re browsing from. This is valid for airline ticketing companies, hotel booking websites, car rental services, streaming services, games and so on.

For instance, when it comes to airline tickets, time-wise, the biggest fares can be found when children are off school. Also, the more we look for tickets to a certain destination, the more will that price increase, as it will show growing interest on our behalf.

Bypass the price steering strategy used by e-commerce websites

E-commerce websites also use a technique called “price steering”. Thus, PC users will get a different price from those using iOS devices. For example, Travelocity offered an unadvertised $15 discount for people using Apple’s iOS operating system. The OS we use can be easily identified by webmasters via the fingerprints our browsers leave.

Furthermore, fares also vary depending on location. This can be easily checked if you activate CyberGhost VPN and go to a ticketing website such as skyscanner.net.

Upon looking for tickets from the UK to the US, we got a staggering difference of 91.44 GBP when we looked for tickets from Romania, with a local IP, vs. the UK, with an IP generated by CyberGhost.

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European court: employers cannot reduce private life to zero

Although rare, victories in online privacy battles do occur.

Today, the European court of human rights judgment has reinforced the rights of employees to have a significant degree of privacy when sending and receiving workplace emails.

The surprise decision by the Strasbourg appeal court, overturning an earlier ruling, will force employers to give more explicit warnings to staff if they want to monitor internet use.

The case, which relates to a Romanian engineer who was fired in 2007 for exchanging messages on an office account about his sexual health with his fiancee, will set a legal precedent in Europe.

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Happy 1st K! CyberGhost has just reached the 1,000-server threshold

Hi, Ghosties!

Only last week, we were telling you about our recent server expansion, with 128 new servers and 3 fresh locations.

Now, it keeps getting better and better.

Our recent additions have enabled us to now achieve over 1,000 state-of-the-art servers, which allow you to securely connect to the countries of your choice.

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Happy times: 128 brand new CyberGhost servers and 3 fresh server locations

Hi there, Ghosties!

In the summertime, we got new servers for surfin’ on our minds.

We have just added a total of 128 servers to our park and we couldn’t wait to share the news with you.

So here is the detailed list of all our goodies:

BRAND NEW CYBERGHOST COUNTRIES

  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • South Korea

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