Good News Wednesday: 28 more servers in 4 countries

With Christmas around the corner, we can’t help delivering goodies your way.

Get ready to navigate to the locations of your choice even faster, because we have 28 more Premium server instances*, in 4 different countries:

  • 4 in UK (London – S07, S08, S09 and S10)
  • 1 in Spain (Madrid – S07)
  • 1 in Austria (Vienna – S03)
  • 1 in Hungary (Budapest – S02)

Give them all a go and unblock all the content that you love!

*a server is made of 4 instances

5 of your friends who desperately need a VPN for Xmas

Christmas is right around the corner and we’re all looking for innovative gift ideas for our most demanding of friends. But there just might be an easier and more at-hand way out of this. A Premium subscription for CyberGhost VPN could be just what your friends need underneath their Xmas tree if they fit the following descriptions:

  1. The foodie with a passion for sharing

We all know someone in this category. These foodie friends are so passionate with the art of fine and healthy dining that they’ve created dedicated blogs/social media channels with their very own recipes or food recommendations.

Since they’re so active online, they need to protect their original content from hackers and use public WiFis safely using a one-tap VPN solution, such as CyberGhost.

  1. The omnipresent photographer

It’s hard not to have a photographer friend these days.

This line of work often requires sharing copyright-protected materials, on dedicated websites or through various messaging systems.

With CyberGhost VPN (also available for iOS), photographers can easily encrypt their online activity and keep their work safe. They will surely appreciate this practical gift.

Do you have chronic googlers, oversharing foodies or WiFi-hooked buddies? Here are some awesome #gitftideas… Click to Tweet

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These holidays, the only thing that should be public is your letter to Santa

The winter holidays are just around the corner, which means that soon enough, we’ll be doing plenty of online shopping, travelling and social media browsing. The Christmas and New Year’s cheer may get us into a mood for sharing, but we recommend limiting our enthusiasm to the offline world. Online privacy is the way to go, even when we’re in a celebratory mood.

Here are 3 tips and tricks for a merry and headache-free holiday season:

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  1. Even Santa is coming online this year, but he’s taking some safety measures

… you’d better do the same, or you may end up on his naughty list! (just kidding)

Seriously now, although gift shopping is so much easier when you don’t have to stand in line, it does come with some safety risks, such as cyber fraud. Using a VPN (a.k.a. Virtual Private Network, a great tool for online privacy and for unblocking geo-restricted content), you will force “https” URLs and enable safe online payments.

Our recommendation for an efficient and easy to use VPN is CyberGhost, which we also tried on more devices, and it did the job. It can also be a practical gift idea for people who are always online. Ring any bells? Another tip: you must pry phones out of their hands, even when it’s freezing outside. 

With the winter holidays around the corner, here are some #tipsandtricks for being safe and merry #online Click to Tweet
  1. Fight for your right to share, but choose not to

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Do you believe in Privacy Santa?

We don’t care whether you’ve been naughty or nice and if you use CyberGhost VPN, nobody will even know.

So get your stockings ready and put your tin foil hat on, because Privacy Santa has turned CyberGhost into his home for December.

Thanks to our Christmas Sales, now you can buy a yearly Premium or Premium Plus subscription at a 57% discount, only between December 5th- 27th. Thus, for USD 30.10, you will get a whole year of Premium protection against mass surveillance attempts, while also unlocking geo-restricted content.

Furthermore, thanks to our very merry promo, you also have the chance to purchase a 7-year Premium Plus NoSpy subscription at 57% off. This means that for USD 266.6, you can surf the web without worrying about prying eyes, until 2023. So, in case a potential employer ever asks you where you see yourself in the next years, you can answer “in a private corner of the Internet”.

May your clicks be private and mighty! Purchase your Christmas offer of choice from here.

The Romanian tech scene, a love story for CyberGhost

Will Bucharest become Europe’s next Silicon Valley? Robert Knapp, CEO of CyberGhost VPN, on the success story of his company and why he chose to start a business in Romania, at How to Web 2016:

UPDATE: Some of our servers are temporarily unavailable, new ones already online

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UPDATE (December 15th): More servers are back online and they have been updated with new instances. All the servers in France that were offline are now up and running: Paris – S03, S04, S05, S06, S07 and S11. Get the full list, instances included, from here

UPDATE (December 9th): We are happy to announce that 23 new servers have been added to our park, out of which 6 are Free and 17 Premium. Of the 6 Free, 2 are located in Germany, 2 in the US and 2 in the Netherlands. Premium servers have been added in France (2), Germany (6), USA (6) and the Netherlands (3). For the full overview of our servers, go to our website

UPDATE (December 6th): All the servers from Sweden are back online. 

Hey there, Ghosties! Since we are upgrading our service to improve the performance of all our servers, some of these will become unavailable starting today.

The countries that are currently offline are: Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

In France, some of the Paris servers are unavailable, while in Germany, the Hamburg servers are down.

We are constantly looking for new providers to supply us with the top level of service that we require. However, since we are very selective with our business partners, this process may take a little while – even up to two weeks.

Meanwhile, you can connect to the CyberGhost servers from other locations, as they are up and running.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will keep you updated concerning the evolution of this process.

The fake news in your feed – how to stay safe and sane

In light of Donald Trump’s recent election, many fingers have been pointed at Facebook’s potential contribution. There have been voices accusing the network’s promotion of fake election news to the detriment of real stories, an idea rejected by Mark Zuckerberg as “crazy”.

Moreover, the Facebook founder also declared, in a recent post on his social media channel, that “of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes.”news-feed-image1200px(1)In spite of these constant re-assurances, however, Facebook updated its Audience Network policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.

Google has not escaped such allegations either and, as a response, said it would ban purveyors of fake news on the web from using its online advertising service, AdSense.

However, these measures are probably not enough to keep us safe from the daily cavalcade of alarming headlines thrown in our direction. Here are a few tips and tricks which you can use to stay safe and sane from all the frenzy:

  1. Make sure the domain is legitimate

Some fake domains are easier to spot than others. For example, a redundant extension such as “.com.net” will certainly raise suspicions and a domain that slightly modifies a well-known website (by adding a “the” – thecnn.com or replacing a letter – gnn.com) should never be trusted or clicked on. Not only will you be misinformed but you may also end up with a virus posting on your behalf on social media.

  1. Watch out for grammar mistakes

Being a grammar nazi does have its perks. Many fake news websites are created in “farms” outside the country they target (they are harder to track that way) and editors are usually not native speakers of the language they write in. So watch out for unnatural phrasing! If it sounds wrong, it probably is.

  1. Be wary of ALL CAPS

You know the headlines we are talking about. Those that are practically screaming at us, inducing a state of panic. Do yourself a favor and don’t click on those.

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