New! Free Proxy – and a little bit make up on the CyberGhost website

A little bit make up, a lot under the hood: CyberGhost got a slightly changed new starting page and its first free proxy service for a fast anonymous sprint inside the Internet.

Make up: Changed starting page

Obvious things first: We have changed the layout of our web starting page a little bit to provide new users with the most important facts about CyberGhost at first glance. Ok, this might not be very interesting for all of you, but the changes also include a module, which shows you our recent special subscription offers. So, come by often and see, if one of them will fit your needs.

Furthermore we listened to your comments and changed the way, our Social Media Plug-ins for Facebook and Twitter will work. To prevent a user from accidentally compromising his privacy when visiting us, one needs to explicitly activate a plug-in, before using it.

For you being more informed about what’s going on inside CyberGhost and the Internet in general we’re also providing a newsletter, containing internal news as well as news about security topics, special offers and many tips and hints for an easier life online. You can subscribe to our newsletter by using the new fast sign up module.

Under the hood: New free web proxy (beta)

Completely new is our open ‘Free Proxy’ service, providing any browser with an anonymous way to surf the Internet without the need of installing a third party software. In favor of an even better security online, all active contents like JavaScript, ActiveX, and Flash, which might be able to compromise your anonymity, can be filtered.

Our best loved tricky little feature: On some video platforms like YouTube, our proxy exchanges the player used with our own video player. That way an anonymous access is granted, and plans are, to broaden this support for much more video platforms …

Please note, we can’t guarantee, that ALL pages on the Internet will be accessible worry free, while using the Free Proxy, like pages based completely on JavaScript for example. Furthermore the service still is in its BETA stage. Temporal downfalls might emerge from time to time as well as technical changes.

The Free Proxy is not intended to be a substitute for CyberGhost VPN, but can be very helpful for an anonymous Internet trip ‘on the fly’, for a quick change of your log-in country or for simulating a different browser, e.g. for gaining access to pages, that are restricted to devices like iPad, iPhone and others.

Of course you will find many more ways to use the proxy – and we are eager to hear about all of them. For this purpose we will set up a special ‘proxy corner’ on our board. Here you can discuss all matters regarding the free proxy and even provide us with addresses, you have problems to access.

Verizon is spying on you

Verizon Wireless has decided to change their privacy policy and they will collect some data from your phones. Irrelevant data such as:

  • URL’s and search strings
  • Device location
  • Apps that you use
  • Demographic information such as gender and age range

The good thing is you can opt out: http://www.vzw.com/myprivacy
The bad thing is that you might not know about it.

Reid Hoffman – Privacy is for old people

In case you have no idea, who Reid Hoffman is, well, he is the founder of LinkedIn.

Now LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network used by firms and HR departments worldwide, and in this area there should be great interest in privacy. But after seeing their User Agreement things start to make sense. Did LinkedIn ever asked your permission to sell your information to recruiters and HR departments? I think not. So, don’t be concerned about LinkedIn selling your job-hunting information to advertisers or to your current colleagues or why not your current boss: Privacy is for old people.

How to Block Facebook Facial Recognition

Earlier this summer, Facebook released a feature that automatically opts you in and recommends that your friends tag you in photos when it recognizes your face. Here’s how to opt-out of it.

Start by clicking the drop-down menu on the top-right of your screen, then select “Privacy Settings.” Choose “Edit Settings” next to “How Tags Work,” then click the link next to “Tag Suggestions” in order to disable it.

Do note, however, that this setting does not prevent friends from tagging you entirely—they can still do so manually.

@KickMyAss: No, you’re not right!

Originally stated by HideMyAss just as a ‚Lulzsec  fiasco‘, the arrest of two anonymous members by the US-American FBI is becoming more and more a serious affair about their little helper, a so called anonymizer, who knows his users way too much. Much more than any provider should, be it in or outside a data retention country, and certainly much more than it could be good for its image.

What happened? After the arrest of two assumed hacktivist, one of them named the provider of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) as the service he used to hide his activities, e.g. for hacking into company websites like Sony Network, the FBI assumes. The name of the company mentioned is HideMyAss (HMA), a well known commercial, British based VPN provider, whose task it is to hide users identities while they are surfing the Internet. Very fast it became pretty clear, that the arrest could have only taken place after HMA handed over personal data to the FBI. Read More

Silk browser and your privacy

Amazon just announced their new product: Kindle fire – a tablet that runs Android with a little touch from Amazon. What is interesting about this new tablet is the browser it comes with, called Silk. Amazon crafted this browser having in mind both speed of mobile browsing and battery life and how it does that, is by using their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud also known as EC2 that would behave as an intelligent proxy. Silk will use the power of EC2 to retrieve the pages and pre-render the objects in a way that won’t require too much power from the tablet.

That means, all your traffic will go via Amazon rather than directly to the pages you want to access, which of course raises some privacy alarms: all your habits, history, basically all you data will transit Amazon. Google is watching you, Facebook keeps all the data you give them, but Amazon just went to a new level and will see EVERYTHING you do online.

Also the Silk’s Terms and Conditions states that your IP and MAC address will be logged and retained for 30 days. To make matters worse, as an US company Amazon meaning that the company could be asked by an US court to intercept and record you secure communications.

Ok, the good news is, that Amazon will support an “off-cloud” mode for Silk, letting users to opt-out EC2. So… is that 1-2 milliseconds faster web worth trading your privacy in?

Canadians asked to take a stand against online spying

Privacy in Canada is also at risk. The Government is trying to create a new set of laws that would permit the authorities to access private information of any Canadian, whenever, no warrant needed.
Which means? Spying on email, messaging, IP and so on.

This is more intrusive even more than the laws in the USA and that’s why a new campaign started on the web in Canada informing every citizen thru funny, but explicit videos, what those laws mean and how they could affect their lives.

Also the videos encourage people to sign a petition that can be found at http://stopspying.ca/
The videos are listed below for you to watch them.

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