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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: the NSA just got an extension on their right to online monitoring and more

2018 has nearly started but don’t think for a second that hackers waste any time. Malware attacks will definitely continue to be on hackers’ list this year and the future doesn’t sound bright for Americans in terms of digital privacy.

Here are some of the major online risks that happened so far:

Hackers still search for credit card information

LockPoS started to make damages since 2017, but was only recently discovered. Constantly looking for data that looks like credit card details, LockPoS malware steals payment card information from the memory of computers; and it has been doing that so well that it was quite difficult to detect.

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Americans’ human rights diminished even more

Online privacy in the United States is simply sinking deeper and deeper. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of extending the NSA’s right of extended online surveillance for the next six years.

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WPA3 – the new Wi-Fi security protocol to be launched in 2018

Remember the Krack Wi-Fi vulnerability from October last year that has put all internet users to a dismay? Well, the good news is that it’s very possible we won’t have to go through that risky situation again.

Just a few days ago, during the annual CES event (one of the biggest technology and innovation shows), the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the launch of a new wireless security protocol—Wi-Fi Protected Access WPA3 this year.

WPA3 will replace the current WPA2—the security protocol that all Wi-Fi networks have been using for over 15 years.

Why is WPA2 considered vulnerable?

The main insecurity issue of WPA2 is given by the “unencrypted” open Wi-Fi networks that makes it incredibly easy for anyone who uses the same network to access other devices.

Secondly, one of the WPA2 protocols is that the same password is used by clients and business owners when joining a Wi-Fi network (for instance the clients of a coffee shop and the owner of the coffee shop).

Due to these vulnerabilities, hackers can intercept Wi-Fi traffic and steal online data quite effortlessly.

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What are the most dangerous digital threats that lie ahead in 2018?

Most of us look to the future with optimism. Or better said, we hope for the best. That includes cyber security threats, which means we hope these will be fewer and less vulnerable. Unfortunately, though, odds are that the situation will be quite the opposite.

We don’t mean to stir any panic; we just want to get you prepared for what security specialists believe it will come.

Here are the main 5 predictions for 2018 in terms of digital threats:

  1. Takeover of chat-bots bound to draw hackers

Chat-bots have become such a thing that numerous businesses have adopted these versatile and useful tools. Think about how many websites have integrated chat-bots to schedule meetings, provide customer support and so on.

Chances are more companies will implement chatbots, but this will create a perfect medium for online hackers. They could impersonate users and compromise the bot services in phishing schemes and social engineering hacks.

  1. Rise in online travel and booking frauds

The hospitality and tourism industry are one of the largest and richest worldwide.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: FCC’s final vote on net neutrality, Bitcoins under attack and new iOS vulnerability

It’s the holiday season and it seems, hackers enjoy it just as much as everybody else. A lot has happened in the cyber security world over the past week and some of the news are important and could have an impact on all of us.

Find out more below:

  1. Facebook and PayPal – vulnerable in front of 19-year old Robot RSA attack

A 19-year old vulnerability has come back and now hits some of the most popular websites, including Facebook and PayPal. The attack allows hackers to decipher encrypted data by providing “yes” or “no” answers until finally revealing private information. Read more about the news.

  1. Around 1 million passwords leaked on the dark web

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The end of net neutrality knocks on our doors

Update, December 15th: Despite everything, the inevitable occurred and the FCC’s final vote for dismantling net neutrality took place yesterday. U.S. ISPs have now full power to block websites, suppress services, and censor online content.

After the vote, it appears that several Republican voters declared to be against the resolution to put a stop to net neutrality. In addition, many attorney generals and state officials including members of the Congress plan to sue the FCC over the repeal.

The effects of the end of net neutrality will become official in a few months so maybe there is still hope.

However, CyberGhost VPN can still help you enjoy internet freedom like you used to and access any website you please.

As recently announced, the FCC had to come up with the final proposal regarding net neutrality until November 22nd. Yesterday, Ajit Pai announced that it will dismantle net neutrality rules, giving giant telecom and web companies full power on deciding what online content to deliver to their customers. Additionally, the end of net neutrality would mean that ISPs can either slow down or speed up web services at their own will. Clearly, only big companies will afford to offer the best connections to consumers.

FCC Chairman mentioned the new proposal would actually mean restoring internet freedom since it forces ISPs to be transparent on the costs they require users for each web service they provide. Customers can simply choose a service plan according to their needs and preferences. Basically, American citizens will pay different costs for a basic internet service and will have to pay more if they want to access music or movie websites, for example.

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CyberGhost VPN – validated as the best VPN for its value

According to vpnMentor, CyberGhost VPN is one of the best VPNs you can use in 2018. vpnMentor is an online platform that makes reviews and compares over 200 VPN companies. vpnMentor has awarded CyberGhost VPN as the best VPN for its value. That means that you can enjoy using CyberGhost, which is more than a privacy app, at a reasonable cost.

Our subscription packages start from 10.99 USD/month, but you can save 55% if you choose a one-year subscription and pay only 4.99 USD/month. However, every now and then, you can enjoy even bigger offers through our sales campaigns that go up to 75% discount.

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Happy Computer Security Day 2017!

Since 1988, each year on November 30th, everyone honors International Computer Security Day! Ok, maybe not everyone, but they should. Although there are no happy times for cyber security in general, you should still celebrate your computer’s anniversary!

No need to buy a cake and blow out candles, just take a moment (actually, roughly around 5 minutes) to make sure your device enjoys optimum security. Because if your computer is safe, you and all your precious data will be safe as well.

So, take advantage of the significance of this day and simply follow some useful tips on computer security and digital privacy:

  1. Keep your computer safe from any possible virus or hack

Sadly, hacks, data breaches and online crimes have started to occur more frequently that anyone would expect. No one can guarantee you full proof of these situations, but some computer security risks can be avoided.

Here are some signals that your computer warns you about whenever it suffers a form of infection.

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