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The future of privacy is here – time to update your CyberGhost app

With the overwhelming expansion of online devices, it quickly became obvious that far more addresses would be needed to connect devices than the IPv4 address space had available.

That is why IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) came into play. The total number of possible IPv6 addresses is more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses and provides approximately 4.3 billion addresses.

IPv6 provides other technical benefits in addition to a larger addressing space, but we will not get into those, because what you need to know is…

Why we decided to deploy IPv6 services

As you’ve already probably noticed, we are always one step ahead of our competitors.

Most VPNs have been slow to accommodate the global transition to IPv6 and update their server networks. Of course, upgrading servers to support IPv6 is an expensive and difficult effort, but we’ve always promised to provide the best kind of online privacy solutions and we stay true to our motto.

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Online privacy in the time of Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America got everyone talking these days. What we would like to know, however, is what this decision entails on the online privacy front. Do we have any reasons to worry?

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What Snowden thinks

Edward Snowden says we shouldn’t “fear” and just carry on fighting on our own for online privacy, without expecting unwitting saviors.

Speaking from Moscow on November 10, in a live stream hosted by private browser developer StartPage, the world’s most notorious whistleblower brought into everyone’s attention our hopes concerning President Obama, for instance, who once was expected to bring an end to mass surveillance.

Then, Snowden emphasized that Trump is only one president of a much bigger world and that privacy is a global matter: “This is just one president. Politicians do what they think will gain them support… ultimately if we want to see a change we must force it through.”

He thus brought into attention recent legislative changes in Russia and China, where regulations allowing mass surveillance were passed this year.

One cannot however not worry about Snowden’s own safety in Trump’s regime. Although admitting to being crazy to dismiss a potential deal between Trump and Putin for extradition and trial, Snowden quite optimistically conceded: “If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii.”

On this topic, back in 2014, Trump tweeted: “Snowden is a spy who has caused great damage in the US. A spy in the old days, when our country was respected and strong, would be executed”.

What Trump himself says

During his campaign, Trump vowed to “eliminate our most intrusive regulations” and “reform the entire regulatory code,” as quoted by the Washington Post. He singled out net neutrality as a “top down power grab,” predicting it would allow the government to censor websites.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: China aims to tame the Internet and more

Hi Ghosties! We haven’t published our Weekly Digest article in quite a while, but with all that’s been going on, we could not miss another week. Online privacy and security issues have made the headlines through some major issues that got us a bit worried from a multitude of reasons. Here is what we’re talking about:

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Recent DDoS attack may have been largest in history

On Friday, October 21st, a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks caused widespread disruption of legitimate internet activity in the US. The attacks targeted the servers of Dyn, a company controlling much of the Internet’s Domain Name Servers, or the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book, as they maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

Thus, the DDoS attacks, caused by the Mirai botnet, managed to bring down much of America’s Internet, including sites such as Twitter, the Guardian, Netflix, Reddit, CNN and many others in Europe and the US.

What’s interesting, though, is that the Mirai botnet is largely made up of so-called IoT devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders. Since it had so many internet-connected devices to choose from, the Mirai attacks are believed to be much larger than before, involving an estimated 100,000 malicious endpoints. Get more details about this issue from here.

China plans to rate its society based on big data

By 2020, China aims to build a Social Credit System, which will attribute scores to its citizens, in order to build a culture of “sincerity”, where “keeping trust is glorious.”

The ambition is to collect every scrap of information available online about China’s companies and citizens in a single place — and then assign each of them a score based on their political, commercial, social and legal “credit.” Those who fall short would be denied certain privileges and be subjected to expanded daily supervision and random inspections.

Read an eye-opening analysis on the topic here.

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Ghostie’s weekly digest: the Germany Facebook ban and more

You win some, you lose some, they say. Well, this could sum up the week just perfectly on the online privacy front, since we had both a victory when Germany ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and an important step back, when Swiss voters decided to give new surveillance powers to authorities.

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German privacy regulator orders Facebook to stop collecting data from users; Facebook to appeal

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said Facebook was infringing the data protection law and had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million users in Germany, according to Reuters.

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured that data will not be shared between them,” commissioner Johannes Caspar said in a statement.

Facebook is however not pleased with this decision and said it would appeal it.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Your battery is spying on you, iOS 10 to have stronger ad tracking control and other privacy news

The first week of August saw some interesting developments in the field of online privacy. Stay informed about this hot topic with CyberGhost, your online security expert, always here to safeguard your web surfing experience.

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No longer just a supposition: our phone’s battery is used to track us online

What was first an assumption has turned into a fact. According to researchers from the Princeton University, there’s a little-known web standard that lets site owners know how much battery a mobile device has left.

This was apparently intended to allow site owners to run low-power versions of the sites, as their device was running out of power, but now gives access to very sensitive personal information.

Get the full story here.

 

The release of iOS 10 comes with extra perks concerning ad tracking

iOS fans from all over the world are all looking forward for the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, anticipated to arrive in September.

This release comes with some good news for privacy aficionados, as well. The “Limit Ad Tracking” option in the iPhone’s Privacy Settings will be more effective, making sure that users are no longer targeted or tracked by many ad networks across sites.

Read more here.

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Online privacy comes first in Rio, thanks to our 50% discount pack

We know that some of you are traveling to Rio these days or are probably already there, ready to support your national sports team, athletes, or simply enjoy the show.

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Since we want you to be safe and enjoy your online privacy no matter where you are, especially if you find yourself in a location prone to cyberattacks or with certain restrictions concerning Internet usage, we have launched the Rio Safe Pack for mobile, for iOS and Android users.

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Weekly News Roundup: Apple vs FBI & Other News

Last week brought privacy into the spotlight once again. The Tim Cook/Apple vs FBI battle has evolved into more security for iCloud users, selfies will serve for authorizing online payments, Microsoft Silverlight is vulnerable once again and encrypted messaging app Telegram has reached 100 million users. Read More

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