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CyberGhost VPN, currently blocked in Turkey

Ghosties, both CyberGhost app and website have been blocked in Turkey since yesterday. We are currently working to fix this problem. Until this issue is solved, you can use our Chrome and Firefox browser extensions which allow you to surf the web anonymously.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on this matter!

Short history of internet censorship in Turkey

In Turkey, the government is in complete control of citizens’ access to online content and also of their level of digital privacy.

As an example, the Turkish government requires IPSs to keep the activity logs of all users for 2 years and these logs can be checked by the government at any time if they require. The web traffic is also filtered by the government and some websites are always blocked.

Over the years, internet censorship and freedom of speech have turned to be worse and worse. By 2017, Turkey hold the 155th position in the world based on freedom index.

Why is a VPN the optimal solution for internet freedom?

Many Turkish citizens have relied on VPNs in order to enjoy complete online freedom. By using CyberGhost VPN, you can hide your IP, connect to one of our numerous servers from over 50 countries and access basic websites such as YouTube, Facebook, etc. Plus, CyberGhost provides a secure connection and you can be sure that you’ll remain anonymous online thanks to our features, such as “Block online tracking”.

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Unfortunately, many VPNs including CyberGhost have been blocked by the government in the past.

We appreciate your feedback so far and if you are affected by this situation, please give us a comment and tell us more about it!

The best torrenting websites to use with CyberGhost

[ adapted after an original article written by Ulrich Brügmann on the German version of the CyberGhost blog ]

Torrents have always been a source of controversy, but this is unfortunately not a fully deserved bad reputation. Although they are best known as a means of distributing illegal content such as copyright-protected music or movies, peer-to-peer file sharing is also popular because the technology behind it has some considerable benefits.

Those who offer files through torrents thus distribute the required load of resources through a network of computers and thereby relieve the respective provider – which is why Linux files and other large types of documents are offered as torrents. Thus, instead of a single server that just goes down with new releases quickly, many individual computers take over the distribution and ensure noticeably faster download rates.

Even so, using torrents – or better, downloading files through torrents – is illegal in some countries. If not, their use is logged. Another downside: ISPs may take measures to throttle Internet speed when heavy torrent use is detected. Furthermore, they may choose to block certain torrent platforms.

Download torrents using a VPN

To avoid the above-mentioned disadvantages or unjustified warnings, it is recommended to use a good VPN for torrenting. Its purpose is to make you safe and anonymous online, but also to enable you to access regionally blocked torrent sites.

However, not all VPNs are appropriate for torrenting. Many block VPN traffic, just like regular Internet providers do, while others do not hesitate to close user accounts they suspect of P2P file sharing. This means that in spite of probably promoting the fact that they do not monitor their users’ traffic, these VPN providers actually do, otherwise how would they know the websites their users are accessing?

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Risks of Bitcoins – how you can solve privacy issues with a VPN

A long time ago, pirates used to dig up for hidden treasures. Pirates of today are mining Bitcoins. Yet, it’s not just the miners that can come into possession of Bitcoins. Anyone with internet and the willingness to take the shot can have a Bitcoin. The idea of digital money was highly likely to stir a frenzy among all kinds of people, not just investors.

Bitcoins became more and more famous as time went by and ever since their price soared to over $ 18.000, naturally, more and more people started to view Bitcoins as the new gold.

However, as with everything that is strictly digital, Bitcoins involve some risks you should be aware of if you’re interested in dealing with cryptocurrencies, whether you’re buying or selling.

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Dreaming of a private Xmas? Make it happen with our 83% discount

The holiday season wouldn’t really be the same without all those presents left by “Santa” underneath the Christmas tree.

But most of the times, our busy lives don’t allow us to shop for all those goodies in person and ordering gifts online seems like the most time-efficient solution.

Yet that comes at a cost too. When we shop online, we leave our personal data and bank accounts exposed to hackers, who really don’t believe in such obsolete concepts as “Christmas kindness”.

However, there is a solution and a way to keep online snoopers at bay. A CyberGhost VPN subscription enables you to stay safe from online scams. Of course, we won’t magically refill your bank account, but we will keep it protected from digital thieves.

If this is a decision you’ve been postponing lately, now it’s the time to finally invest in a truly efficient and simple online privacy solution. Since we are having our Christmas sales, you can purchase a 7-year plan for a staggering 83% discount.

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Social media and news channels blocked in Pakistan

Protests have covered the entire Pakistan on Saturday, November 25th after thousands of citizens have demanded the resignation of Law minister Zahid Hamid.  The Law Minister introduced new parliamentary bills which Pakistani people consider weaken the judicial system under religious considerations.

Therefore, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to take all news channels off air and also blocked the access to popular social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The media block has created a big frenzy especially on Twitter where many journalists from the region have taken a stand and were continually reporting on the situation from Pakistan.

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Freedom on the Net Report 2017 reflects a worrying increase in digital censorship

Another year has passed in the realm of digital freedom, leaving the global situation more and more precarious, especially in the context of various elections taking place throughout the world.

According to Freedom House, which surveyed 65 countries for its ‘Freedom on the Net 2017’ report (87% of the world’s Internet users), the state of the Internet freedom around the world has little cause for celebration, as this year continues to present a world where few societies give their citizens access to a free, uncensored Internet.

Thus, nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net 2017 experienced declines during the coverage period, while just 13 made progress, most of it minor. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where the internet is designated free, meaning there are no major obstacles to access, excessive restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech.

However, in one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States, the use of “fake news”, automated “bot” accounts, and other manipulation methods gained particular attention and caused a decline in the country’s overall Internet freedom. While the online environment in the US remained generally free, it was troubled by a proliferation of fabricated news articles, as well as aggressive harassment of many journalists, both during and after the presidential election campaign.

 

The usual suspects and some unexpected improvements

Of the 65 countries assessed, 32 have been on an overall decline since June 2016. The biggest declines took place in Ukraine, Egypt, and Turkey.

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Secure your online payments with CyberGhost VPN this holiday season

Update, November 22nd: and here is the great surprise! On Black Friday, you get 75% OFF on a 3-year CyberGhost VPN subscription! Connect to CyberGhost and you can enjoy anonymous and secure online activities, at the price of USD 2.75/month. Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to our NoSpy servers. The NoSpy servers are NSA-proof and guarded 24/7 in our Romanian HQ solely by the CyberGhost team. Find out more about the Black Friday offer and our NoSpy Servers.

Black Friday and Christmas holiday shopping season are approaching. Don’t you just love this time of the year? Well, so do hackers; they just can’t wait to catch you off guard and make a small mistake to get all your money (aka credit card details). In a way, it’s hacking season as well.

Since you’ll be doing online shopping more or less, you need to secure your online transactions. Apart from a few tricks you can apply to stay safe online and prevent any fraud, a VPN is actually the best tool you can use to make sure your online payments are safe and sound.

A VPN comes in handy even if you buy from previously tested online stores, but especially when shopping from a new website.

Choose CyberGhost VPN to protect your online transactions

CyberGhost VPN always safeguards your financial details including when you connect to a public or unknown Wi-Fi network or when you travel to a foreign country.

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