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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The VPN ban in Russia, explained

Check out the video below to find out the most important aspects of the recent VPN ban in Russia. Are you directly affected by the situation? Drop us a comment and give us your input!

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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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ZDNet: Why building a startup in Romania made more sense to CyberGhost CEO

Robert Knapp, CyberGhost CEO, recently met with ZDNet correspondent Andra Fiscutean to discuss why he decided to found his privacy company in Romania. Here are some excerpts from the article we thought you might consider interesting:

 

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With €100,000 ($114,000) borrowed from investors and the dream of building a VPN company, CyberGhost, he packed his suitcase, left Germany and moved to Bucharest in 2011. Six years went by, and he still believes Romania is the only place where he could have made it happen.

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“We would not have been successful elsewhere,” he says. “We would have closed it down in Germany after a year and a half, and in Silicon Valley after a few months.”

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Knapp, who often wears a pirate flag T-shirt and a black beanie hat when making public appearances, is now among the top entrepreneurs in eastern Europe. A few months ago, he sold CyberGhost VPN to Israeli company Crossrider for €9.2m ($10.5m).

He’s kept the CEO role and hopes to develop his startup further to one day make it the number one player in the privacy-as-a-service field.
Have you wondered why #CyberGhost #CEO Robert Knapp chose Romania for his business? Discover more in this… Click to Tweet

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Knapp did the math. His €100,000 would run out in Silicon Valley or London in a few months, yet in Romania, he could make his dream happen. “If you want to run an internet startup, you can basically do it from any location,” Knapp says.

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Because the local market alone is too small for a startup to succeed, Romanian technologists have to think globally from the outset, and this need helps them create products and services that could take off worldwide.

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To read the whole article, click here.

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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Cyberghost CEO: We can’t stop the ransomware unless laws get passed that help create a legal standard that encrypts everything

Ransomware is terrifying for businesses, entire companies could fall without access to important corporate files. It’s no picnic for individuals either; dependence on smart devices and cloud storage make a lot of us easy targets for cyber-criminals.

The amount of risk people take, using their devices, often seems manageable: we install anti-virus, use encryption, and more concerned users can even surf the web using a virtual-private-network (VPN) to keep their information safe. There seems to be a never-ending supply of products and services to keep you secure online, and businesses have entire departments dedicated to the security of their company. Read More

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