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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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CyberGhost was awarded the badge of Excellent Service

We, at CyberGhost, have just become prouder of our achievements, as we have just been awarded a badge of Excellent Service by vpnMentor. Pride is just a small part because we are also very grateful to have received this badge thanks to our countless positive customer reviews.

According to vpnMentor, CyberGhost has reached a 4.5 rating out of 5 in customer reviews, which means we have managed to satisfy plenty of users with our top-class privacy and data protection features. So, we want to thank all Ghosties worldwide for trusting our app and for using it to secure their digital lifestyle.

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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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