Category - CyberGhost Tips & Tricks

iOS 11 new anti-tracking feature and how to get rid of targeted ads

Apple has recently announced that iOS 11, the latest operating system for mobile phones will introduce a new feature for the Safari web browser called “smart tracking prevention”. Along with it, the tracking prevention option will also be available for Apple’s MacOS High Sierra that will be released on September 25th. If you’re annoyed (or even if you’re not) by all those pop-up ads, this is certainly good news!

Ok, iOS 11 will not block all ads, but here is how it will work:

  • The iPhone will detect which first-party cookies are desired by users, and which are set by advertisers. This means that you will continue to see ads, but only coming from websites you visited. Advertisers who use third party cookies won’t be able to track you any longer.
  • Third party cookies will be blocked after the first day and will be deleted from your device after one month. This way, surfing on the web becomes a pleasant and least annoying experience.

Apart from interrupting your web surfing, ads have disadvantages such as:

  • making your phone battery run out
  • using up our monthly data allotment
  • slowing down internet speed

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Top 4 useful advice to protect yourself from online scams

You’ve probably heard this phrase many times before: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Scams, frauds and hoaxes are everywhere, especially online.

The world we live in today requires us to be careful at each step we take, so we surround our lives with all kinds of security measures. The same way we use a house alarm to protect our homes, we use an antivirus to secure our computers. But is that enough?

Well, not exactly. How many people with an antivirus protection on their PCs were the victims of identity thefts or man in the middle attacks? That’s right, plenty.

So here are some typical examples of online scams you should be aware of so you can protect your online security.

    1. Beware of phishing e-mails

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VPN – the best app that makes digital nomads feel at home

Life is certainly wonderful for digital nomads. They enjoy (mostly) freelance work, travel once in a while and see wonderful places. Not to mention, they expand their horizons by meeting new and different cultures.

Yeah, digital nomads enjoy plenty of perks; some of them just lie on the beach with a laptop in front of them and sip from a tasty cocktail from time to time. But how many of them are wise enough not to sink too deep in their wonderful dream and actually take security measures when it comes to protecting their data and keeping their laptops and computers secure?

If you’re about to embark on the exciting adventure of working remotely, take a first stop to check out a few technicalities you need to apply to protect your work files and data.

Useful data protection tips if you’re a digital nomad

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Top 3 typical cases when a VPN helps marketing professionals

You’re a blogger, market researcher or a writer who has to make advanced research on the web when looking for various information. Surely, you have been faced with the situation when you were denied access to a website due to geo-restrictions. Owners of some websites simply allow only users from certain countries to check their content. That’s just the way it is and things won’t probably change anytime soon.

The case mentioned above is a classic example many marketers have to deal with and it’s definitely affecting and slowing down their work. However, if you use a VPN, everything could change in your favor. A VPN will camouflage your IP address so that you will no longer be greeted by the un-welcoming message: “The page you are looking for is not available in your region”.

Other examples of marketing-related tasks where a VPN will come in handy:

  1. Check Google results in different countries

Market researchers and SEO professionals know what I’m talking about. You’re interested to know how high or low ranked are some keywords or even famous brands in Google search results if you browse from different countries. If you browse Google from the U.S. you’ll get some results, while if you browse from Germany, you’ll get different ones.

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Check out a few recommendations of TV shows you can watch this fall with CyberGhost

If you’re a true TV shows fanatic, you’re probably wondering what have the broadcasting companies prepared for you to watch this fall. Well, let me tell you that there is something for everyone’s taste, from classic comedies, to re-inventions of Star Trek or impressive dramas.

Here are a few examples of TV series you should give a try:

Young Sheldon (CBS)

That’s right! This TV series will show you the early life of the famous genius from “The Big Bang Theory”.

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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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