Author - Dana Vioreanu

Planned servers maintenance on August 13th and 14th

As you probably already know, from time to time, our tech team performs routine maintenance on our VPN servers and networks. This is a common procedure to keep the VPN software updated and fully functional.

So, we have scheduled a severs maintenance:

  • on August 13th during 06.00-06.30 UTC. Only some of our servers will undergo maintenance.
  • on August 14th during 06.00-09.00 UTC. All of our servers will undergo maintenance.

Downtime may occur during the mentioned time frames, but only for a short while.

We are sorry for the inconveniences this may cause you. But remember, this is only so CyberGhost can run smoother!

Why has the Internet started to lose public trust?

Some of the coolest things you discover and the most interesting things you read are through the Internet. Maybe you watched an amazing documentary about wild animals, streamed a live sports event, or just found out the latest news on your favorite celebrity.

On average, people spend around 8 hours online every day. Like many of us, you probably take the Internet for granted. But do you know which websites you should trust and which you shouldn’t? And why is trust important in the online world?

Let’s analyze together:

  • What does trust mean in the online world?
  • What was the Internet like in the beginning?
  • The Internet’s honeymoon period
  • How has trust in the Internet changed and evolved?
  • What happened that made people trust the Internet less?
  • The real-life implications of what we do online check the recent Facebook scandal 
  • How data breaches and cyber-attacks undermined trust in the Internet 
  • What governments want to persuade us that mass surveillance is for  
  • Did social media draw more people to the Internet or alienated them?
  • How can the Internet regain people’s trust? 
  • How you and I can make the Internet a better place 

What does trust mean in the online world?

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CyberGhost VPN, currently blocked in Turkey

Update, July 26th:

To all Ghosties out there who are affected by the VPN ban, we have good news! You can now connect to CyberGhost VPN again!

Our professional tech team managed to roll out a solution! For the moment, the fix is only available on iOS devices.

More good news though! Pretty soon, you’ll also be able to enjoy our privacy app on Android devices as well. So, stay tuned!

Download or update the latest CyberGhost VPN version for iOS and enjoy anonymous browsing!

CyberGhost for iOS recently upgraded to version 7! Check out more details.

We regret for not finding a solution earlier. Thank you for bearing with us while we worked on this fix.

Original post from March 12th, 2018

Ghosties, both CyberGhost app and website have been blocked in Turkey since yesterday. We are currently working to fix this problem. Until this issue is solved, you can use our Chrome and Firefox browser extensions which allow you to surf the web anonymously.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on this matter!

Short history of internet censorship in Turkey

In Turkey, the government is in complete control of citizens’ access to online content and also of their level of digital privacy.

As an example, the Turkish government requires IPSs to keep the activity logs of all users for 2 years and these logs can be checked by the government at any time if they require. The web traffic is also filtered by the government and some websites are always blocked.

Over the years, internet censorship and freedom of speech have turned to be worse and worse. By 2017, Turkey hold the 155th position in the world based on freedom index.

Why is a VPN the optimal solution for internet freedom?

Many Turkish citizens have relied on VPNs in order to enjoy complete online freedom. By using CyberGhost VPN, you can hide your IP, connect to one of our numerous servers from over 50 countries and access basic websites such as YouTube, Facebook, etc. Plus, CyberGhost provides a secure connection and you can be sure that you’ll remain anonymous online thanks to our features, such as “Block online tracking”.

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Unfortunately, many VPNs including CyberGhost have been blocked by the government in the past.

We appreciate your feedback so far and if you are affected by this situation, please give us a comment and tell us more about it!

CyberGhost VPN just turned 7! But we have a million reasons to be grateful for

This month, CyberGhost VPN reaches a major milestone: 7 years of fighting for digital freedom! The entire CyberGhost team has been truly enjoying the ride.  

Because we take your privacy seriously, we’ve been working hard (and making the most of it) to make sure CyberGhost gets better and better and that it works perfectly for every single need you may have.  

Don’t worry! We still had time to make jokes around the office, save stray kittens, hold ping-pong tournaments, eat and sleep… Ok, not as much sleep when there was a team party for every occasion that deserved to be celebrated.  

We’ve already enjoyed the annual cake and champagne, but most importantly: we want to thank YOU! All Ghosties out there, from every corner of the world, thank you for putting your trust in us and for deciding to browse anonymously with CyberGhost VPN by your side. 

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Say “Hello” to the brand new CyberGhost VPN version for iOS – your easiest route to instant privacy

After an extended, challenging but highly interesting work and team effort, we are pleased to present you the CyberGhost VPN version 7 for iOS. As a witness of a few sections of the entire process, I can tell you it was an intense and delightful experience! So glad I could be part of this story and see it all develop piece by piece!

Why the change?

First, we want to update all our apps to the same version and optimize them for better speeds and even more stability.

Second, we cater to our users’ wishes. So, we took your feedback regarding a faster connection and iPhone X full compatibility into account and we delivered.

Here’s what’s new:

Simple and clean design

The major change (which you will instantly notice) is the fresh and simpler design, meant to make the VPN connection as self-explanatory as possible. With a simple tap, you instantly pop into a completely private and protected online world. Welcome! Read More

Living in the fake news era – how can we tell what is true or not?

“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.[…]

I think Trump is in the White House because of me. […]

Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].” 

This is what Paul Horner told Washington Post, in November 2016. But who is he? Paul Horner has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years. But he’s most famous for distributing fake news during the 2016 American election.

Long before 2016, here is what Donald Trump said during an interview to People Magazine in 1998:

“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific. “

 

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Article 13 – Changes in EU copyright law can end your freedom of expression online

Update, June 21st: 

The European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs voted in favor of Article 13 yesterday.  This isn’t a final vote, but since the committee decided to push Article 13 forward, it seems there is only one small step to the final stage of the legislation process.

Changes in Article 13 won’t become official until next month, when the general assembly of the Parliament gives the last vote. One way to reverse the decision would be if all 751 MEPs agree to dissolve the controversial article and let the world wide web the way it is.

So, there is still time. Convince your MEP to vote against Article 13!

Update, June 18th: 

Several digital activists have been warning us about Article 13 from EU’s copyright law since last year.

If you think it’s nothing important, think again! This could highly impact your entire web experience.

Imagine you have to pay a fee to online platforms and websites for every little piece of content you take over from them. Whether you use short snippets of text from an original article as part of a link in one of your posts (it could be blog article or social media post) or upload a photo or a video on your platform. Up until now it was considered fair and legal to simply mention the source. However, Article 13 wants everyone to pay for all these small bits of content everyone is supposed to be free to use.

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