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Chrome Private browsing doesn’t protect your privacy. Are we doomed?
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Unblocking websites and apps is still a big problem in 2016
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Use LinkNYC wireless public network from New York in a secured way
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CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge
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BestVPN Independence Day Competition
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How to Find New Markets with Real-time Date: A Hootsuite Case Study of CyberGhost
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1 Year after the Twitter censorship in Turkey

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

Unblocking websites and apps is still a big problem in 2016

More than 2 billion people are living under online censorship

This is more than enough for CyberGhost team to continue our fight for the free internet in 2016 with even more power and over 650 servers worldwide.

But the news from the Web Index Report is not great: “The internet is less free, more unequal, and web users are at increasing risk of indiscriminate government surveillance”. In 2013, the report showed over 30% of Web Index countries were blocking politically or socially sensitive Web content to a moderate or extreme degree. In 2014 that figure went up to 38%.

Here is a good definition of content filtering, as a form of online censorship, from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF):

“Many governments, companies, schools, and public access points use software to prevent Internet users from accessing certain websites and Internet services. This is called Internet filtering or blocking and is a form of censorship. Content filtering comes in different forms. Sometimes entire websites are blocked, sometimes individual web pages, and sometimes content is blocked based on keywords contained in it. One country might block Facebook entirely, or only block particular Facebook group pages—or it might block any page or web search with the words “falun gong” in it.”

Use CyberGhost to access safely censored content and protect your online privacy! Click to Tweet

And in recent days, other massively used apps, such as Whatsapp, have been blocked for short periods in Brazil and United Arab Emirates.

The current censorship situation around the world

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At the same time, there is a fragile legal frame to support online freedom, with 84% of the countries having no effective laws and practices to protect the privacy of online communications. China is leading the top of countries blocking and filtering the web content. According to the same report, Uruguay allows its citizens the most online freedom.

When governments really cross the line, violating fundamental rights, like Turkey, during the “Big Ban” from March 2014, when the government blocked several web pages and access to YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud,  international organizations and companies react strongly.  Several countries pressured Erdogan’s government to release the ban and CyberGhost offerd 30.000 Premium keys to Turkish citizens so they can use the internet unrestricted.

So there is hope. Out of the 45 Web Index countries with extensive constraints on speech, only seven (about 16%) seem to censor more heavily online than offline.

What can you do?

Use a trusted VPN to access safely the censored content and protect themselves and their online privacy.  In some cases, like the case of some journalists in conflict areas, even their life.

Here’s a video that explains how hiding your IP helps you unblock restricted websites and banned apps:

If you want to learn more on how to avoid being tracked online, read these 3 essential tips.

Does your government block access to an app or website? Enter here and tell us which ones and we will fight to help you unblock them with Cyberghost.

Does your government block access to an app or website? Use #CyberGhost to unblock them safely! Click to Tweet

So we just have to keep on reporting the abuses and demanding better laws to sustain online privacy for everybody, while using encrypted online connection.

Use LinkNYC wireless public network from New York in a secured way

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Credit: The Verge

New Yorkers have a new subject to talk about!

A network of Wi-Fi public hubs will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the entire New York with new street hubs called Links.

The first Links were launched, and there are many more to come, helping more than 8 million people to connect to the fastest and free metropolitan Wi-Fi.

Even more, according to PC magazine, the speed of these Wi-Fi’s is really super fast, gigabite internet, faster than Starbucks they say, so whatch out, Starbucks.

Cool facts about Link networks: Read More

CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge

As you already know, we really like to improve things everyday and we are always counting on your feedback for that.

If you come here often, you’ve probably noticed that lately we made some changes in the design and structure of our articles.

We want to make this blog the number 1 source for Privacy and Security news.

And today we’re officially launching our redesigned blog through the CyberGhost Blog Privacy Challenge!

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Check our new blog design  and you can win a CyberGhost Premium Plus subscription.

There are 15 ways you can enter our Challenge, the more you use the more chances you have to win.

Feel free to share your feedback on the new design.

Hurry up! Competition ends on 28th of October 2015. We’ll extract the 10 winners through the app and we’ll announce them by email.

BestVPN Independence Day Competition

Our friends from Best VPN relaunched their website this weekend, on 4th of July.To mark this event they organized a competition, Independence Day Competition, together with a number of VPN providers, including CyberGhost.

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Since CyberGhost stands for privacy and freedom, we decided to join this competition, and offer a celebrating discount of 50%.

If you enter Best VPN’s competition you have the chance to win a 13″ MacBook Air, or 5 Premium VPN accounts, including one from CyberGhost. You can find more details about the competition here.

Good luck everyone!

How to Find New Markets with Real-time Date: A Hootsuite Case Study of CyberGhost

At the begining of this month we got featured on Hootsuite’s blog thanks to uberVU, our social media social management platform, and we are really grateful for that.

Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social management platform in the world and so much more.  More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, use Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks.

UberVU, a successful Romanian start-up was aquired by Hootsuite in 2014.

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They wanted to know how we fought against online censorship in Turkey, back in March 2014, when Twitter was blocked there by Erdogan’s Government.

You can read the entire case study here.

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Let us know if you liked it or if you have suggestions.

Have a great weekend, Ghosties!

1 Year after the Twitter censorship in Turkey

Wow! It’s already been a year since the Gezi‬ protest in ‪#Turkey‬ against online censorship and the Twitter block!
In these protests, a 15yr old boy, ‪‎BerkinElvan‬, was deadly injured.

Back then, we did our best to help people in Turkey. Ten of thousands of people in Turkey were able after that to sent images to the world and boicot the censorship.
It’s sad to see that even after a year, the police detains protesters, as we read in The Hurriyet Daily News.

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[photo credit: The Hurriyet Daily News]

We’ll keep fighting for the ‪#‎FreeInternet‬!

Spread our message and support freedom of speech and the Free internet.

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