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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recap: Golden Frog Debunks 7 Myths About VPN Logging and Online Anonymity


We are proud to be partnered with a company focused on transparency and honesty in the VPN industry. Last week Golden Frog debunked 7 myths about online anonymity and VPN logging in their article, I am Anonymous When I Use a VPN - 7 Myths Debunked.

The "7 Myths" article addresses a disturbing trend in the VPN industry over the past year. More and more VPN providers are perpetuating the myth of an "anonymous" or "no logging" VPN service while providing minimal or zero transparency about how they actually handle users' data. This has diverted privacy conscious VPN users to focus on the false promise of anonymity instead of focusing on what really matters when choosing a VPN provider: transparency, trust, ease of use, performance and reliability.

Learn the truth about each of these myths:
For other insightful discussions on online privacy and security check out Golden Frog's "Take Back Your Internet" policy microsite.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Golden Frog Discusses The FCC Revolving Door vs. The Open Internet - Make Your Voice Heard

We highly recommend that Giganews members view "The FCC Revolving Door vs. The Open Internet" for a detailed look at how the revolving door has hurt the free and Open Internet. The FCC has extended the deadline for people to leave comments on their site to Friday, July 18th. Make your voice heard and show the FCC bureaucrats that the public's will to preserve the Open Internet is stronger than the corporate ties the revolving door has facilitated.



In May of 2014, the FCC made a historic decision to advance rules that will kill the "Open Internet" as we know it. Despite public outcry nationwide, Tom Wheeler, current chairman of the FCC, and his democratic commissioners betrayed Net Neutrality rhetoric, and instead approved the consideration for rules that would create a "two-tiered Internet." that will:
  • stifle innovation by putting startups with less funding at a competitive disadvantage because they can't afford to pay for faster access
  • increased costs because companies will pass along new costs for "premium traffic" to consumers
  • decreased privacy because ISPs will snoop on user traffic so they can prioritize "premium" traffic over "regular" traffic
Though this ruling is disturbing and paints a grim picture of the future of the Internet, it doesn't come as a surprise. The FCC has a long history of employing former cable and telecom lobbyists and executives. This "revolving door" phenomenon has posed significant conflicts of interest in the past, from the controversial changes enacted to media ownership rules in 2003, the Comcast - NBC merger in 2011, and now this most recent Net Neutrality debacle.

The FCC has asked Internet users to weigh in on Net Neutrality by posting to the comments section on the FCC website, http://www.fcc.gov/comments. There have been over 800,000 comments, an overwhelming number that even caused the site to crash on July 15th. Continue to leave comments through July 18th and pressure the FCC to protect the Open Internet. Make your voice heard!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Golden Frog Debunks 7 Myths About VPN Logging and Online Anonymity


I am Anonymous When I Use a VPN - 7 Myths Debunked is Golden Frog's latest article featured on their "Take Back Your Internet" policy microsite. The "7 Myths" article addresses a disturbing trend in the VPN industry over the past year. More and more VPN providers are perpetuating the myth of an “anonymous” or “no logging” VPN service while providing minimal or zero transparency about how they actually handle users' data. This has diverted privacy conscious VPN users to focus on the false promise of anonymity instead of focusing on what really matters when choosing a VPN provider: transparency, trust, ease of use, performance and reliability. Understanding these myths is important for Giganews members with VyprVPN and anyone considering using a VPN service.

Over the next week Golden Frog is going to reveal the reality behind these 7 myths:
  • Myth #1: I can be anonymous on the Internet.
  • Myth #2: - July 10th Anonymity and Privacy are the same.
  • Myth #3: - July 11th When my VPN Provider advertises an "anonymous" service, that means they don't log any identifying information about me.
  • Myth #4: - July 14th When my VPN Provider's privacy policy says they "don't log," that means I am anonymous.
  • Myth #5: - July 15th Even if my VPN Provider uses Hosted or Cloud based VPN servers I can still be anonymous.
  • Myth #6: - July 16th Even if my VPN Provider doesn't own and operate the network I can still be anonymous.
  • Myth #7: - July 17th Any VPN logging is bad.
Golden Frog has done an excellent job dispelling these common myths and starting a transparent and frank discussion about privacy in the VPN industry. Learn the truth about online anonymity today starting with Myth #1, "I can be anonymous on the Internet."

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

VyprDNS - Encrypted, Zero-Logging DNS Now Available!

Golden Frog just announced VyprDNS, their encrypted, zero-logging DNS available for Giganews members with VyprVPN. Golden Frog developed VyprDNS to increase privacy for VyprVPN users and to defeat censorship across the world. VyprDNS is included with Platinum and Diamond accounts and enabled by default in the VyprVPN apps or via manual OS setup.

How does your DNS affect you?

A DNS server translates hostnames (such as www.giganews.com) into a computer readable IP address (216.196.101.133) so your computer can communicate with the desired host and connect to the website. Internet users typically rely on their ISP's DNS servers or a 3rd party DNS. These 3rd party DNS servers frequently censor websites, log a complete record of your Internet activity and redirect your requests to pages with ads - even if you use a VPN.

Why use VyprDNS?

  • Defeats censorship via DNS man-in-middle-attacks or filtering
  • Zero-Logging
  • Superior DNS geolocation
  • Never redirects your DNS requests to pages with ads
VyprDNS is built into VyprVPN. When you connect to VyprVPN, you are automatically using VyprDNS. No app updates, or action is required to use VyprDNS. Please note, VyprDNS cannot be used separately from VyprVPN.

See how VyprDNS offers superior privacy and freedom »

Read Golden Frog's infographic on "The Hidden Dangers of DNS" and how VyprDNS defeats them.

To start using VyprDNS, you must have an active Platinum or Diamond account with VyprVPN. VyprDNS is enabled by default in the VyprVPN apps or via manual setup. If you don't have VyprVPN you can upgrade to a diamond account today and experience VyprDNS for yourself. Defeat censorship, prevent DNS logging and restore your online freedom today.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

How Does Heartbleed Affect Giganews Customers?

With the recent announcement of the Heartbleed Bug, many customers have asked if Giganews' services were affected and whether customers need to take any action. Rest assured all Giganews services are currently safe from the Heartbleed Bug. VyprVPN and the Giganews website have not ever used SSL libraries vulnerable to the TLS heartbeat exploit. Golden Frog patched Dump Truck's SSL libraries on April 8, 2014, and new SSL keys for the service were generated and deployed successfully. However, due to the nature of the bug, we still recommend all customers change their password, especially if you have used Dump Truck. Change your password »

Are Giganews Customers using VyprVPN Apps Safe from the Heartbleed Bug?

Golden Frog's apps use OpenSSL 1.0.1e, which is vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug, for OpenVPN connections. However, even though the apps use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, customer information is not at risk. To be compromised, the apps would need to connect to servers that send malicious heartbeat packets. VyprVPN apps only connect to VyprVPN servers, which do not send malicious packets. Even if the VyprVPN apps were somehow tricked into establishing a connection with a malicious server, the apps do not possess any information they are not already sending to the server. There is nothing a malicious server could gather from the client that it wouldn't receive anyway.

Golden Frog will be preparing updated versions of the apps that use non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, but at this time, Giganews customers are not at risk using the existing versions of the apps.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed Bug is a bug in OpenSSL's implementation of the TLS heartbeat extension. When exploited, it allows an attacker access to the contents of the SSL server and client memory. This memory may include the SSL keys, the content of the data traversing the connection, and usernames and passwords transmitted or stored within the memory of the client and server. Because of the complete compromise of the SSL session and secret key data necessary to keep communications secure, this is considered an extremely critical bug. A full overview can be found at http://heartbleed.com/

What Action Do I Need to Take?

If you have used Dump Truck we highly recommend you change your password. To change your password visit this page: https://www.giganews.com/controlpanel/userpass.htmlAt Giganews we take your privacy and security seriously. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact our 24x7x365 support team via email or live chat.

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Updated on 04-10-2014

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Dump Truck Private Sharing Now Available

Golden Frog just announced that Private Sharing is out of Beta and ready for all Giganews users with Dump Truck! Use the Dump Truck Web App to access Private Sharing and securely collaborate on files and folders with other Dump Truck users. Invite anyone to access shared folders and assign a permission level, with just their email address. When a privately shared file or folder is changed, added or deleted, the changes synchronize to all users who have joined the share.

Dump Truck Private Sharing Features

  • Easily invite anyone through the Dump Truck Web App to collaborate on folders
  • Set permission levels for users on shared folders
  • Read Only access supported. If you choose this option, users can view files but cannot modify them
  • Collaborate on files and folders and they update for all users
  • Move, rename and edit shared files and folders as if they were your own
  • Access shared files across all Dump Truck desktop, mobile and web applications
*Desktop App version 1.2.2 Update Required to Access Private Sharing

Although you can share folders via Private Sharing only through the Web App, you can access shared folders via the desktop and mobile apps. Privately shared files will be synced to your desktop using the Dump Truck desktop app. Golden Frog recently updated the Dump Truck Mac and Windows apps to version 1.2.2 to support Private Sharing. Update from within the app by clicking on "Update Available" in the main menu, or you can download the latest version for Mac or Windows.

The Dump Truck Mobile Apps do not need to be updated to access privately shared folders.

Dump Truck secure online storage is included FREE with every Giganews account. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

VyprVPN for iOS is now optimized for the iPad

VyprVPN for iOS is now optimized for your iPad! Golden Frog developed the latest version with iPad design features in mind to give Giganews members the best experience possible when running VyprVPN on their iPad. VyprVPN for iOS will automatically detect if you are on an iPad and engage the new interactive Map View feature.



With Map View, you can easily browse Golden Frog's global VPN server locations from the app default screen in both portrait and landscape view. You now have the ability to search for server locations by swiping directly on the interactive map. You can also select the location you would like to connect to and the app will automatically ping the server and display the ping time. Connect to any VyprVPN server location without ever leaving the home screen!

If you currently use VyprVPN for iOS, update your app to the latest version. If you don't already have the app, you can download VyprVPN for iOS from the App Store.

If you don't have VyprVPN and want protection for your internet connection while at home or on the go, upgrade to Diamond or Platinum get VyprVPN included for free! If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

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