Tag - online privacy

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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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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Happy times: 128 brand new CyberGhost servers and 3 fresh server locations

Hi there, Ghosties!

In the summertime, we got new servers for surfin’ on our minds.

We have just added a total of 128 servers to our park and we couldn’t wait to share the news with you.

So here is the detailed list of all our goodies:

BRAND NEW CYBERGHOST COUNTRIES

  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • South Korea

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There is still hope: Nevada fights back against ISP law

In the US, under Trump’s presidency, ISPs were recently given carte blanche to sell customer data. Thus, Internet privacy protection measures voted during Obama’s administration were repealed.

Counteractions did not hesitate to soon appear. Starting October, Nevada will force website owners to notify visitors about how they’re using their data.

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The future of privacy is here – time to update your CyberGhost app

With the overwhelming expansion of online devices, it quickly became obvious that far more addresses would be needed to connect devices than the IPv4 address space had available.

That is why IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) came into play. The total number of possible IPv6 addresses is more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and provides approximately 4.3 billion addresses.

IPv6 provides other technical benefits in addition to a larger addressing space, but we will not get into those, because what you need to know is…

Why we decided to deploy IPv6 services

As you’ve already probably noticed, we are always one step ahead of our competitors.

Most VPNs have been slow to accommodate the global transition to IPv6 and update their server networks. Of course, upgrading servers to support IPv6 is an expensive and difficult effort, but we’ve always promised to provide the best kind of online privacy solutions and we stay true to our motto.

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Online privacy in the time of Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America got everyone talking these days. What we would like to know, however, is what this decision entails on the online privacy front. Do we have any reasons to worry?

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What Snowden thinks

Edward Snowden says we shouldn’t “fear” and just carry on fighting on our own for online privacy, without expecting unwitting saviors.

Speaking from Moscow on November 10, in a live stream hosted by private browser developer StartPage, the world’s most notorious whistleblower brought into everyone’s attention our hopes concerning President Obama, for instance, who once was expected to bring an end to mass surveillance.

Then, Snowden emphasized that Trump is only one president of a much bigger world and that privacy is a global matter: “This is just one president. Politicians do what they think will gain them support… ultimately if we want to see a change we must force it through.”

He thus brought into attention recent legislative changes in Russia and China, where regulations allowing mass surveillance were passed this year.

One cannot however not worry about Snowden’s own safety in Trump’s regime. Although admitting to being crazy to dismiss a potential deal between Trump and Putin for extradition and trial, Snowden quite optimistically conceded: “If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii.”

On this topic, back in 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowden is a spy who has caused great damage in the US. A spy in the old days, when our country was respected and strong, would be executed”.

What Trump himself says

During his campaign, Trump vowed to “eliminate our most intrusive regulations” and “reform the entire regulatory code,” as quoted by the Washington Post. He singled out net neutrality as a “top down power grab,” predicting it would allow the government to censor websites.

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