Category - Privacy Tips

Top 7 tips to protect your financial data when online banking

As the mesmerizing world of internet has been steadily growing, a significant and important part of our lives has moved online. That includes financial information. It’s true, this is not public information and only you have access to it, but you still want to protect that information at all costs.

According to recent statistics, around 60% of American citizens use mostly online or mobile banking because it’s easy and saves you a lot of time. The figures are more or less the same when it comes to citizens from other countries as well. Since this is a common custom, you don’t want any security breach to have a negative impact on your finances.

Let’s face it: no one will guard your money better than you will, so you’ll just need to adapt your online banking practices just to make sure you’re completely safe from the prying eyes of intruders.

Check these useful tips about how you can protect details about your digital bank account and other financial-related information:

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Quick and easy online safety tips for students

Students worldwide, the exciting time for a new academic year when you hear the school bell ringing again is about to start.

However, we all know study is no longer limited to going to the library and taking notes. You access various type of technologies, both in school and at home, from reading a book on your Kindle to using all types of online communication tools with your peers and teachers as well.

What you need to know is that some of the cutting-edge technology used in classroom is most of the time not protected, in terms of your personal information. Simply because many apps used in education collect and use student data.

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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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Why do I need a VPN for my iPhone, when it is already encrypted?

Since the introduction of iOS 8 in 2014, Apple has informed users about the inclusion of device encryption, which secures device data from hackers, thieves and government agencies. On top, since iOS 9, Apple has pushed for even more security by making developers encrypt all apps, using HTTPS.

 

Furthermore, the reworked encryption of Apple devices forces law enforcement, federal agents, and intelligence agencies to go to the device owner themselves rather than Apple. These encryption methods prevent even Apple from accessing the data it holds on users, as they state on their website:

#iPhone #encryption is not enough for your #onlineprivacy. Find out why and take measures: Click to Tweet

“(…) we can’t unlock your device for anyone because you hold the key — your unique password. We’re committed to using powerful encryption because you should know the data on your device and the information you share with others is protected.”

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Prevent Petya ransomware attacks with the CyberGhost Immunizer

Hi there, Ghosties!

You never really know what we’re “cooking” these days at CyberGhost! Could be an update to one of our multi-platform apps or maybe… an Immunizer for desktop Windows devices to help you prevent cyberattacks like the recent Petya.

For those of you not yet in the loop on this topic, ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. Petya is only of the most recent such cyberattacks, of massive proportions, hitting companies in Europe, the Middle East and the US on June 27th, wreaking havoc for employees and customers alike.

Petya caused computers to stop working, instead displaying a ransom note demanding $300 (£235). The widespread attack affected global and national organisations including the Ukranian National Bank, British advertising firm WPP and logistics company Maersk.

How our Immunizer works & how to download it

In plain words, our Immunizer tricks the Petya ransomware into thinking that the computer it is trying to attack is already infected. Thus, if the CyberGhost Immunizer is installed, Petya will think it has previously infested that PC and will move on, unwillingly leaving it safe.

To download our Immunizer and prevent falling victim to Petya attacks in the future, simply go to this link and then click on the .exe file to install it in the blink of an eye.

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The latest data breach in the US leaves 200 million exposed

In one of the world’s oldest modern democracies, the United States, the right to privacy seems to be taken less and less seriously.

Last year, after merely taking on the role of US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the 6-month-old EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. In March this year, Internet Service Providers got the green light to sell users’ web history. August could see the end of American net neutrality.

Now, the (extremely, we would say) sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. According to bbc.com, the 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.

What’s worse, the data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Thus, absolutely anyone with the link could access the data.

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