W3C – web standards that will protect your privacy

The World Wide Web Consortium, also known as W3C, just released two draft standards, that will “prevent surprises, to foster trust on the web”.

One standard defines a do-not-track preference (something that Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari already do), and the second standard defines mechanisms for users to express their preferences for cross-site tracking.

Interest into the standards showed US and European Union regulators. These standards seek to allow better tracking options for Internet users because some users “perceive targeting as intrusive, incorrect or amounting to junk mail,” W3C said.

Big players in the IT industry participated in the W3C tracking standards discussions, among them Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

EA Games accused of violating privacy rights

EA Games is accused of violating privacy regulation in Germany by its online distribution system called ‘Origin’. As the German magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ reported,  EA Games just translated the US terms and condition to German, and those terms and condition are in direct violation with the German privacy law.

More than 8000 gamers signed a petition demanding EA Games to modify its terms. Due to this facts EA Games said, that it “regrets any confusion”  and that they will modify the condition of use to comply with German laws.

CyberGhost in search for its 1.000.000th User

Here we go, starting celebration: Like many of you easily imagined, CyberGhost is not only on the hunt for the Internet’s 1.000.000th paranormal activity, it will also be celebrated. Which means:

  • A fat 2 year CyberGhost Premium Plus subscription and a trip to our headquarter in Romania for the one millionth CyberGhost user! http://s.cgvpn.net/6d
  • A lottery for all recent CyberGhost users, friends, fans and supporters with loads of software prices (including subscriptions), worth much more than 10.000 EURO all in all. http://s.cgvpn.net/6d
  • A special, newsletter based, offer for all old and new CyberGhost users: Pay 12, get 24 – 2 years CyberGhost for the price of one year! http://cyberghostvpn.com/
  • A Facebook LIKE campaign: Go, like us there, and we will give you one free month of CyberGhost Premium Plus! http://s.cgvpn.net/6h

CyberGhost goes 1.000.000!

CyberGhost goes 1.000.000! 1.000.000 accounts equals 1.000.000 users equals 1.000.000 anonymized surfers equals 1.000.000 people using an Internet, that’s not been fully cartographed yet, observed and put under control.

Such a good news has to be celebrated, no doubt. And we will. But how, will stay hidden for some time. Just stay tuned and help CyberGhost reach the 1.000.000 mark as soon as we OPEN THE HUNT for the 1.000.000th USER

New! Free Proxy – and a little bit make up on the CyberGhost website

A little bit make up, a lot under the hood: CyberGhost got a slightly changed new starting page and its first free proxy service for a fast anonymous sprint inside the Internet.

Make up: Changed starting page

Obvious things first: We have changed the layout of our web starting page a little bit to provide new users with the most important facts about CyberGhost at first glance. Ok, this might not be very interesting for all of you, but the changes also include a module, which shows you our recent special subscription offers. So, come by often and see, if one of them will fit your needs.

Furthermore we listened to your comments and changed the way, our Social Media Plug-ins for Facebook and Twitter will work. To prevent a user from accidentally compromising his privacy when visiting us, one needs to explicitly activate a plug-in, before using it.

For you being more informed about what’s going on inside CyberGhost and the Internet in general we’re also providing a newsletter, containing internal news as well as news about security topics, special offers and many tips and hints for an easier life online. You can subscribe to our newsletter by using the new fast sign up module.

Under the hood: New free web proxy (beta)

Completely new is our open ‘Free Proxy’ service, providing any browser with an anonymous way to surf the Internet without the need of installing a third party software. In favor of an even better security online, all active contents like JavaScript, ActiveX, and Flash, which might be able to compromise your anonymity, can be filtered.

Our best loved tricky little feature: On some video platforms like YouTube, our proxy exchanges the player used with our own video player. That way an anonymous access is granted, and plans are, to broaden this support for much more video platforms …

Please note, we can’t guarantee, that ALL pages on the Internet will be accessible worry free, while using the Free Proxy, like pages based completely on JavaScript for example. Furthermore the service still is in its BETA stage. Temporal downfalls might emerge from time to time as well as technical changes.

The Free Proxy is not intended to be a substitute for CyberGhost VPN, but can be very helpful for an anonymous Internet trip ‘on the fly’, for a quick change of your log-in country or for simulating a different browser, e.g. for gaining access to pages, that are restricted to devices like iPad, iPhone and others.

Of course you will find many more ways to use the proxy – and we are eager to hear about all of them. For this purpose we will set up a special ‘proxy corner’ on our board. Here you can discuss all matters regarding the free proxy and even provide us with addresses, you have problems to access.

Verizon is spying on you

Verizon Wireless has decided to change their privacy policy and they will collect some data from your phones. Irrelevant data such as:

  • URL’s and search strings
  • Device location
  • Apps that you use
  • Demographic information such as gender and age range

The good thing is you can opt out: http://www.vzw.com/myprivacy
The bad thing is that you might not know about it.

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