Author - Corina Dobre

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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There is still hope: Nevada fights back against ISP law

In the US, under Trump’s presidency, ISPs were recently given carte blanche to sell customer data. Thus, Internet privacy protection measures voted during Obama’s administration were repealed.

Counteractions did not hesitate to soon appear. Starting October, Nevada will force website owners to notify visitors about how they’re using their data.

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China’s VPN ban and what impact it can have on us all

These days, everybody’s talking about Russia and China and their goal to ban VPNs, since they allegedly promote illegal content. It all started with the fact that last week, Apple removed all virtual private network apps (VPNs) from the iTunes store in china.

Watch the video we created below for more information on the situation in China and what to expect in the near future:

What do we, as a VPN company, have to say on the matter?

“They’re making the lives of hundreds of millions less secure. It’s not just about privacy anymore. People used to believe it was okay to lose internet privacy because, as long as they weren’t doing anything wrong, they had nothing to fear. It’s not like that, our data tells everything about us. Without the ability to secure our data there’s no way for it to be safe.”, said Robert Knapp, CyberGhost VPN CEO, quoted by thenextweb.com.

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How CyberGhost VPN manages to stay true to its no-log policy

Many privacy-concerned Internet users around the world are worried that companies which should be focusing on supplying digital anonymity solutions are doing quite the opposite.

That is because there are two types of VPNs: the ones that supply their services for a fee, and the VPN services that would like to get a bit extra in addition to that fee or instead of it. Thus, the latter decide to sell their users’ data and that way, they also finance their (free) services.

At CyberGhost we believe this is not the way to go, all we stand for is privacy protection that is our promise to our users and we believe it is our duty to fulfill that promise to all of our customers.

 

How to recognize which VPN service to use

VPNs that appear overnight, have no real contact details or are headquartered in controversial locations around the globe, such as tax havens, which imply no obligations on behalf of the company should make you wonder. Are these firms indeed trustworthy or do they wish to gain profit from your private data?

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Online safety can be educated. 7 tips for your kids’ digital privacy

It’s said that children nowadays are born with a tablet in their hands, which they very soon find out to be an endless source of entertainment. Thus, parents can continue to mind their lives in peace, while the little ones spend entire hours silently surfing the world wide web and discovering what their parents, when they were their age, probably had no idea about.

Kids get so digitally-savvy that I even heard of a 2-year old who taught himself to skip YouTube ads. He just kept his finger above the “close ad” option and after precisely 5 seconds he tapped on it until it disappeared. The kid didn’t know how to count or read and I doubt that he had a proper notion of time, yet he taught himself how to reach his desired content faster.

Therefore, whether we like it or not, our children will have access to the Internet. It’s really up to us to teach them how to use it wisely, though, because as in the offline life, there are some ground rules which need to be established offline as well, with all the dangers lurking in.

  1. The web doesn’t need to know who we are

When we’re online, our most prized possession is our personal identity, which can be easily found out with the help of our IP (the unique set of numbers our devices are assigned with, often repeatedly, when we connect to the Internet and which can be used to identify us).

So, in order to protect our children’s activity online and save them from being easily identified by hackers, stalkers and other digital villains, a VPN is the best solution. This online privacy tool replaces our children’s devices’ IP with a new one from a random server located all over the world, rendering us anonymous and undetectable online. Teach your children to surf the web only while CyberGhost VPN is active, which is also an efficient tool against malware.

Furthermore, it’s best to also tell children that personal information such as full name, address, email address, phone numbers, birth date don’t need to be revealed online, and an alternative online persona is probably a good idea.

  1. The online version of “Stranger Danger”

We’ve all been advised, regardless of our generation, not to talk to strangers.
As antisocial as this may sound, it’s the best precaution against potentially dangerous people.

That is why this simple rule should also apply online and we should our children to only use the Internet to chat to those people they know, like their friends, family or classmates.

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