Tag - privacy

Typeform breach update: here’s what happened

On Friday, June 29, at 19:25, we received a notification from Typeform that they suffered a data breach that compromised some of their data.

Because we use Typeform to send infrequent surveys to our users, we immediately took action to see if CyberGhost users’ data was impacted in any way.

No confidential information was exposed

We wanted to have the full details about the situation before making any formal announcements, so here they are.

Typeform informed us that cybercriminals managed to compromise data backups containing information about surveys that were active before May 3rd, 2018. Only two such surveys for CyberGhost users were involved in the breach. Read More

Think twice before buying gadgets that invade your privacy

Winter holidays are approaching, and you probably already started to make Santa’s list for your family members and friends. Maybe you even started to look out for bargains (after all, Black Friday is just around the corner). Speaking of the one-time a year shopping extravaganza, you should think twice before buying some awesome gadgets you think you need, even if they’re on sale.

Some of them hide some interesting tricks that are not in your benefit in terms of privacy. You may have already heard (or even experienced yourself) the downsides of incredibly good looking and smart gadgets like Alexa or Echo. These are just a few examples of gadgets that happen to look into your home, or make instant pictures without you even knowing. And you have no idea what happens with those pictures and videos and where they end up. Ok, you have a hunch where they’re going and that’s why it’s so concerning.

Here is a random list of some of the most prying gadgets and IoT (Internet of Things) tools you should avoid if you truly care about your privacy:

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Edwin the Duck rubber duckie

Now, this seems a cute and harmless toy! But don’t be fooled because it’s not a normal rubber duckie (especially if you consider its price, e.g. 49 USD) although it looks like one.

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Curious about your genealogy? Mind the privacy risks in DNA tests

Taking do-it-yourself DNA tests from providers found online is a growing trend nowadays, as, by the end of the decade, the direct-to-consumer lab testing market is expected to reach $350 million.

Some of the purposes for these DNA tests are finding out where one’s ancestors come from, what health dangers are hidden in our genes or even if a child is truly ours.

Why is this happening, though? Why are people, suddenly, looking for their origins? Perhaps they feel that in an increasingly globalized world, we, as individuals are losing our identities and need to belong to a group or maybe it’s quite the opposite: we want to stand out from an apparently homogenous society.

Regardless of our reasons for taking these tests, though, one thing is clear. As for anything that’s too good or simple to be true, there are risks involved.

We are not talking about the accuracy of these tests, because others, more qualified on the matter, have tackled this subject thoroughly.

We are however discussing something one should always be careful about: online privacy.

 

Why would anyone be interested in your genetic data?

Your genetic data reveals precious information about you, more precious than you think. Drug companies, insurers and sometimes police would love to have a sneak peek into those.

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Once you put your cheek swab in the mailbox, you are willingly sending a valuable copy of your genetic data to a group of strangers who can do as they please with your information. You may have signed a privacy agreement, but since this is a commercial service and not an academic research project, things can change overnight, as companies get bought, and your data could get sold along with that transaction.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Sharing online passwords becomes federal crime, EU-US Privacy Shield goes into effect & more

Online privacy remains a hot topic this July, stirring as much debate as ever. Find the most important headlines of the week from the CyberGhost blog, updated with fresh news every Friday. Jump in the conversation or simply quench your thirst for hot-off-the-press info.

But, most importantly, always surf anonymously with the CyberGhost apps for Windows, iOS or Android.

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Sharing Netflix and HBO passwords is now a federal crime… but not so much

On July 5th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that found, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

This might turn millions of people who share passwords of streaming websites such as Netflix or HBO into “unwitting federal criminals”.

However, Netflix representatives declared in the past that they do not track the number of people sharing account passwords, since that poses difficulties and can also beneficial to them.

FBI raises eyebrows by collecting 430,000 iris scans

Size makes no difference when it comes to cutting-edge surveillance technology. At least that’s the case of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, servicing 2 million citizens with the help of 1,800 officers, as The Verge draws attention.

Quietly, however, this department has collected iris data from an estimate of 434,000 arrestees, of the last couple of years.

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Happy Friday: new servers in a new location!

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We have some good news for Ghosties around the world.

It was high time to come up with something new on our servers, so from today on we’ll have a new location. All Ghosties can enjoy the 8 new servers in Berlin.

We have 4 Free Berlin servers and 4 Premium Berlin servers.

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For all the new Ghosties out there, download the CyberGhost application to enjoy the latest servers.

You can see here all the locations of our servers.

Feel free while enjoying the experience of a private internet!

There’s a new tech show in town!

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Which would be the ingredients of a tech show? You are probably thinking of news containing specialized terms, a complicated vocabulary and a tech nerd too passionate about his job to remember how to captivate his audience.

We think that tech shows should be more than fancy words for connoisseurs. They should be addressed to everybody. Because we believe technology, safety and privacy are crucial for each and every one of you, we decided to support a show which aims to deliver tech news with a twist of entertainment. Educating people on important matters like internet security and privacy can be fun if you know how to tackle these sensitive subjects.

Security and privacy are very hot topics for authorities and law enforcers around the world. The show’s goal is to bring you not only the latest news on privacy and security, but also to put a smile on your face.

CyberGhost is not just a VPN service, but a security and privacy company which is fighting for the freedom of speech and a free internet. That’s why we back up a famous Romanian actor, comedian, one-man show, Nelu Cortea for his “3 minutes John” YouTube show.

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John is a full time actor, he graduated from the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest and he played numerous parts for both theater and television. He is well-known for his stand-up comedy shows. The project he started is just a new challenge that will reveal his talent as a YouTube presenter.

Informing the average user on the importance of online privacy and security is the principal focus and this tech show is just one of the methods through which we are trying to raise awareness.

The “3 minutes John” show calls attention to tech news, privacy and security fresh topics like the Panama Papers, the anti-LGBT law which lead to IP blocking, or weird decisions like authorities banning banana-eating videos. You will be either outraged or amused by news such as the new app that makes fitness sexy and you will find out about the latest Google phone.

Besides the slightly funny information, John also presents important news on tech giants. You can find out about the conflict between Apple and the FBI or the Huawei statement on life after death through technology.

This series will make you want more tech news so all you have to do is subscribe to his YouTube channel. Feel free to share with your friends and spread the joy of online privacy and security!

Watch here the latest episode from John’s show, who wants to stick, at some point, to the 3 minutes he initially planned.

 

Chrome Private browsing doesn’t protect your privacy. Are we doomed?

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What? But I thought that was the whole purpose of Chrome private browsing mode, Incognito.

That’s actually what everybody thought. But it turns out Incognito mode doesn’t keep you that private after all. It’s more like a hideout from your work colleagues or family, because the ISP can still see all the websites you’ve lusciously browsed, along with your boss and government.

Did you know that your Internet Service Provider (a.k.a. ISP) can see your entire browsing history and online traffic? Unless you hide your IP and use confirmed privacy solution, you stand no chance to keep your online life private. Read More

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