Have you been expecting the 2018 World Cup like crazy? Well, the wait is finally over! One of the biggest sports events of the year has just started.
If you’re at home, cheering for your national team, you have it easy. All you need to do is jump in front of the TV and look for the official TV broadcaster in your country. But what if you’re travelling or living abroad?
It’s moments like these that make you miss that feeling of being home. Our mission is to help you experience the same feeling and closeness, no matter where you are.
How do I watch my team’s World Cup games if I’m abroad?
Maybe you’re travelling or live outside your home country and want to hear the comments in your native language. Except for a few countries, no official broadcaster offers live streaming of the World Cup event.
A VPN is the ultimate solution to avoid geo-blocking issues online.
You can make that possible with the help of CyberGhost VPN. All matches will also be streamed live across a few channels. Doesn’t matter where you are! Whether it’s Argentina or New Zealand, you won’t miss any football match.
Decided to go to Russia and be a World Cup spectator?
Many would say this is a risky business. First of all, the U.S. State Department and UK officials recommendation is to “Reconsider travel.” This is a middle level security warning, below “Do not travel” and above “Exercise increased caution.” Additionally, security experts advise you not to take many electronic devices because these are likely to be hacked.
If you can’t stay away of the World Cup’s center stage and you’re going to Russia, be aware of a few cyber security risks.
Russian government tapes and stores voice and text calls
It is already a well-known fact that Russian Information Technology services monitor the entire internet traffic. But starting with July 1st (right in the middle of World Cup), a new law comes in to force, allowing Russian mobile carriers to store all voice data and text messages of their users for at least six months.
Avoid using public Wi-Fis without a VPN connection
Public Wi-Fis are not safe in general, so if you have to use them, first, connect to a VPN. Through a secure VPN tunnel, you encrypt your online activities when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi. Thus, no one can steal your data.
Still, even if your device has a VPN protection, keep it as secure as possible. For example, you could use a privacy screen on your laptop.
What happens if you want to use a VPN in Russia?
Could Russia create difficulties for travelers who want to stream football matches in this country through a VPN?
All VPNs are banned in Russia, but what does that mean exactly? According to the Russian law, companies operating from Russia are not allowed to provide VPN services. Additionally, providers of proxies, as well as any other technologies that allow anonymous and private web surfing are subject to Russian cyber security law. It goes without saying that Russian residents cannot set a VPN account or access a VPN.
However, the law doesn’t state that people who travel to Russia are restrained from using a VPN. So, if you happen to travel to Russia specially for World Cup (or for any other reason), and want to use a VPN, you don’t need to worry about a thing. You don’t risk any fines, penalties, or jail time.
The use of VPN or proxies is not regulated by the Russian law, at least for now. So, there are no restrictions for VPN users.
More reasons to use a VPN while in Russia
Apart from banning VPN providers, the Russian government also monitors and censors internet traffic to both Russian citizens as well as travelers in the country.
So, a VPN in Russia comes in handy if you want to:
- enjoy digital privacy
CyberGhost VPN encrypts all your online activities so you can be sure that no one has access to your web browsing history.
- avoid geo-blocking
With CyberGhost VPN, you can actually be free and surf the web as you please. You don’t have to worry about any content restrictions.
- bypass ISP throtlling
When you’re connected to a VPN, you hide your IP, so the ISP can no longer check what you do online and thus, avoid a low internet speed while you’re streaming.
So, if you want to stay private online in Russia, it’s better to always remember to connect to a VPN.
Why does CyberGhost have no servers in Russia?
This might be a dilemma for several users: how can you use a VPN in Russia since there are no VPN servers there?
CyberGhost has had Russian servers in the past, but changes in local legislation made it impossible to find technical partners for the provision of our service. CyberGhost has opposed creating an infrastructure of servers in Russia not for political reasons, but due to the legal framework set by the Russian government.
As you may know, our company does not create or store any logs. This is our main policy; we don’t track our customers’ online activity. CyberGhost’s purpose is to ensure our customers the highest privacy and safety standards when browsing online. We don’t want to compromise the safety of our users.
Nevertheless, with our stack of over 2,000 servers in 60+countries, CyberGhost VPN works perfectly in any location.
Privacy and entertainment all in one
Choose CyberGhost VPN and you can safely stream the World Cup games live from wherever you are! Whether in Russia or somewhere else, you can watch champions play the ball and not worry about privacy issues.
So stream away your team’s games live!