Tag - privacy

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Sharing online passwords becomes federal crime, EU-US Privacy Shield goes into effect & more
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Happy Friday: new servers in a new location!
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There’s a new tech show in town!
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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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Win lifetime online protection & privacy with CyberGhost 5.5!

Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Sharing online passwords becomes federal crime, EU-US Privacy Shield goes into effect & more

Online privacy remains a hot topic this July, stirring as much debate as ever. Find the most important headlines of the week from the CyberGhost blog, updated with fresh news every Friday. Jump in the conversation or simply quench your thirst for hot-off-the-press info.

But, most importantly, always surf anonymously with the CyberGhost apps for Windows, iOS or Android.

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Sharing Netflix and HBO passwords is now a federal crime… but not so much

On July 5th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that found, in part, that sharing passwords can be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

This might turn millions of people who share passwords of streaming websites such as Netflix or HBO into “unwitting federal criminals”.

However, Netflix representatives declared in the past that they do not track the number of people sharing account passwords, since that poses difficulties and can also beneficial to them.

FBI raises eyebrows by collecting 430,000 iris scans

Size makes no difference when it comes to cutting-edge surveillance technology. At least that’s the case of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, servicing 2 million citizens with the help of 1,800 officers, as The Verge draws attention.

Quietly, however, this department has collected iris data from an estimate of 434,000 arrestees, of the last couple of years.

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Happy Friday: new servers in a new location!

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We have some good news for Ghosties around the world.

It was high time to come up with something new on our servers, so from today on we’ll have a new location. All Ghosties can enjoy the 8 new servers in Berlin.

We have 4 Free Berlin servers and 4 Premium Berlin servers.

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For all the new Ghosties out there, download the CyberGhost application to enjoy the latest servers.

You can see here all the locations of our servers.

Feel free while enjoying the experience of a private internet!

There’s a new tech show in town!

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Which would be the ingredients of a tech show? You are probably thinking of news containing specialized terms, a complicated vocabulary and a tech nerd too passionate about his job to remember how to captivate his audience.

We think that tech shows should be more than fancy words for connoisseurs. They should be addressed to everybody. Because we believe technology, safety and privacy are crucial for each and every one of you, we decided to support a show which aims to deliver tech news with a twist of entertainment. Educating people on important matters like internet security and privacy can be fun if you know how to tackle these sensitive subjects.

Security and privacy are very hot topics for authorities and law enforcers around the world. The show’s goal is to bring you not only the latest news on privacy and security, but also to put a smile on your face.

CyberGhost is not just a VPN service, but a security and privacy company which is fighting for the freedom of speech and a free internet. That’s why we back up a famous Romanian actor, comedian, one-man show, Nelu Cortea for his “3 minutes John” YouTube show.

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John is a full time actor, he graduated from the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest and he played numerous parts for both theater and television. He is well-known for his stand-up comedy shows. The project he started is just a new challenge that will reveal his talent as a YouTube presenter.

Informing the average user on the importance of online privacy and security is the principal focus and this tech show is just one of the methods through which we are trying to raise awareness.

The “3 minutes John” show calls attention to tech news, privacy and security fresh topics like the Panama Papers, the anti-LGBT law which lead to IP blocking, or weird decisions like authorities banning banana-eating videos. You will be either outraged or amused by news such as the new app that makes fitness sexy and you will find out about the latest Google phone.

Besides the slightly funny information, John also presents important news on tech giants. You can find out about the conflict between Apple and the FBI or the Huawei statement on life after death through technology.

This series will make you want more tech news so all you have to do is subscribe to his YouTube channel. Feel free to share with your friends and spread the joy of online privacy and security!

Watch here the latest episode from John’s show, who wants to stick, at some point, to the 3 minutes he initially planned.

 

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.”

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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.

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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

Win lifetime online protection & privacy with CyberGhost 5.5!

As you already know, we have a new update out and about as of November 11.

It’s called CyberGhost 5.5 and it’s packed full of awesome new features such as an ad blocker, malware protection, data compression and many more.

To celebrate this new version, we’re offering you the chance to win online privacy & security that will last you a lifetime. Yep, you read it right:

Join our contest now & you could win 1 of 5 CyberGhost Lifetime Premium Plus packages or

1 of 10 CyberGhost Premium Plus subscriptions for 1 year!

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The are several ways to enter the contest, the more you use, the better your chances to win!

Join by clicking here & keep in mind that the competition ends on December 10!

Good luck, Ghosties!

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