Tag - online privacy

CyberGhost VPN just turned 7! But we have a million reasons to be grateful for

This month, CyberGhost VPN reaches a major milestone: 7 years of fighting for digital freedom! The entire CyberGhost team has been truly enjoying the ride.  

Because we take your privacy seriously, we’ve been working hard (and making the most of it) to make sure CyberGhost gets better and better and that it works perfectly for every single need you may have.  

Don’t worry! We still had time to make jokes around the office, save stray kittens, hold ping-pong tournaments, eat and sleep… Ok, not as much sleep when there was a team party for every occasion that deserved to be celebrated.  

We’ve already enjoyed the annual cake and champagne, but most importantly: we want to thank YOU! All Ghosties out there, from every corner of the world, thank you for putting your trust in us and for deciding to browse anonymously with CyberGhost VPN by your side. 

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Happy Data Privacy Day! Time to value more and protect your digital data

Interested in reading a good story? I’m up for an intriguing tale anytime. I bet you’re going to enjoy the one below because it’s a story about you.

You wake up every day, go to work, maybe have a fight with a colleague or your boss; then chat with your friends. Some nights you go out and have fun, others, you spend indoors and watch a movie. Every day is more or less the same, over and over again. But this is just the big picture and they say that details count the most; they’re the ones that make a valid story.

Your daily habits say a lot, if not everything about your personality, personal preferences and even political beliefs. And today, all these details are exposed in the digital world.

Here is how. If you have a daily routine (or at least similar) to the one bellow, maybe you should consider some useful advice:

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Put privacy first in 2018 with our start-of-the-year deal

The most wonderful season of all is not over yet. You still have plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the winter holidays. You’ll probably spend most of your days in front of your laptop with a mug of hot chocolate. Maybe you have some more shopping to do or you just want to relax and watch your favorite movie series.

Regardless of your activity of choice, you surely need a friend by your side to safeguard all your digital activities. And that friend is CyberGhost VPN.

Why should you use CyberGhost every time you go online? Well, apart from the fact that the world wide web has gone a little mad and data breaches are recurrent, internet censorship is expanding. Why not kick start 2018 the right way to enjoy online privacy and browse the web without any restrictions?

With CyberGhost, you get to surf anonymously at the price of 1.99$/month. That’s right! We offer an 83% discount at our 7-year subscription plan. Quite a special offer for plenty of benefits CyberGhost VPN offers you, such as:

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What are the most dangerous digital threats that lie ahead in 2018?

Most of us look to the future with optimism. Or better said, we hope for the best. That includes cyber security threats, which means we hope these will be fewer and less vulnerable. Unfortunately, though, odds are that the situation will be quite the opposite.

We don’t mean to stir any panic; we just want to get you prepared for what security specialists believe it will come.

Here are the main 5 predictions for 2018 in terms of digital threats:

  1. Takeover of chat-bots bound to draw hackers

Chat-bots have become such a thing that numerous businesses have adopted these versatile and useful tools. Think about how many websites have integrated chat-bots to schedule meetings, provide customer support and so on.

Chances are more companies will implement chatbots, but this will create a perfect medium for online hackers. They could impersonate users and compromise the bot services in phishing schemes and social engineering hacks.

  1. Rise in online travel and booking frauds

The hospitality and tourism industry are one of the largest and richest worldwide.

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Happy Computer Security Day 2017!

Since 1988, each year on November 30th, everyone honors International Computer Security Day! Ok, maybe not everyone, but they should. Although there are no happy times for cyber security in general, you should still celebrate your computer’s anniversary!

No need to buy a cake and blow out candles, just take a moment (actually, roughly around 5 minutes) to make sure your device enjoys optimum security. Because if your computer is safe, you and all your precious data will be safe as well.

So, take advantage of the significance of this day and simply follow some useful tips on computer security and digital privacy:

  1. Keep your computer safe from any possible virus or hack

Sadly, hacks, data breaches and online crimes have started to occur more frequently that anyone would expect. No one can guarantee you full proof of these situations, but some computer security risks can be avoided.

Here are some signals that your computer warns you about whenever it suffers a form of infection.

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Overusing a new WhatsApp feature might be a risky business

WhatsApp has recently announced that it introduced a new feature called Live Location Sharing. Just to align with other apps who provide a similar feature, product manager of WhatsApp has attested that it had to be introduced in order to satisfy users’ needs. “Whether you are sharing a commute, or letting loved ones know you are safe, or meeting up with friends, these are experiences that are very common to us all.” Zafir Khan, Product Manager at WhatsApp.

Here is how WhatsApp Live Location sharing works:

  • Go to a conversation in WhatsApp (it can be an individual or group conversation).
  • Click the “attach” (paper clip) button from the message field and choose “Location”.
  • Apart from the static Location feature (the only Location option available so far) you’ll also see “Share Live Location”.

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Why U.S. Justice Department’s call on responsible encryption is not an option

U.S. Justice Department official Rod Rosenstein held a speech on Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Academy in which he criticized technology companies for helping out criminals and terrorists accomplish their plans through encryption software.

Directly pointing to Silicon Valley companies, he supported the idea of responsible encryption after mentioning several terrorism cases from the past. Tech companies refused to collaborate with the FBI despite the fact that the organization presented proper warrants that would have allowed them to access company databases.

Sure, this would have meant collecting only the data concerning terrorist suspects, but the reaction of companies is by far understandable. Once “inside” the system, law enforcement officers could easily break in and collect other important information as well, not related to terrorist suspects.

Responsible encryption or forced monitoring?

Many people (security specialists or not) fear that Rosenstein’s call for responsible encryption, while presenting strong arguments, is rather just another attempt to create a back door and legally monitor peoples’ lives online.

Saying that encryption methods are bad because they don’t help governments catch terrorists is just like saying that bulletproof vests should be banned simply because some criminals wear them when they are trying to escape the police. Yet, bulletproof vests have been a lifesaver for police officers, detectives and other law enforcement professionals.

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