Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

YourPrivateVPN is celebrating this year shopping season by offering huge discounts this Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Don’t miss out on our incredible deals for you and your friends. The promotion is only active from Nov. 27th – Nov. 30th.

You can get everything for your privacy needs here.

Windows 10 – Compatibility Update

We have updated our Viscosity bundle to fully support Windows 10. Please download the new version from our page to use this first class OpenVPN client with your new Windows 10 installation. For future releases we have integrated an automatic upgrade procedure. For our PPTP based client EasyConnect no update is required.

C’est confirmé, la France adopte la surveillance de masse 15.4.2015

Pendant que vous dormiez hier soir, discrètement, 30 députés ont décidé pour nous, que ce serait bien que TOUT ce qu’on fait sur le net soit surveillé. (25 ont voté pour / 5 ont voté contre)

Je vous passe toutes les subtilités, mais en gros, on va avoir le droit aux boites noires.  TOUT le trafic Internet des Français dans des boites noires, c’est de la surveillance de masse.

korben.info lire plus

Black Friday Discounts

On Friday and Saturday  you can get your VPN connection with incredible discounts.

You can get your reduced account here:

http://www.yourprivatevpn.com/black_friday_special

The promotion is finished.

 

 

 

Rollout of new features

We have great news for you. The last couple of month we have worked hard to offer you new features.

This is what’s new:

  • We integrated new servers in NL & UK.
  • We increased the transfer speed for our Silver account customers.
  • We now support L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN for our Gold and Premium accounts.
  • We now offer an easy to install App for Mac OS X users.
  • We created a new page, where you can check our network performance and status.
  • We updated our DNS system to respond even faster and of course without any leaks.

To check out the details please visit our features page.

New: OpenVPN and L2TP for Premium Customers

We are happy to announce, that now Premium Account customers can use OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec with their current account. They have access to our new protocols without any additional charges.

Please feel free to use these new connection possibilities. Your username and password are valid for all type of connections and thanks to our new software the access is as easy as with our PPTP tool “Easy Connect”. Our new connection software is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

As always we have made no compromises on safety. Instead we configured our servers with the highest security standards in mind and took special care to maintain our strict no logging policy.

YourPrivateVPN – your safe connection in an unsafe world!

World Cup Special

As a Brazilian company we are excited to offer you a special promotion during the world cup. Being abroad you will be able to watch your favorite team on your home tv station.

For 5 years now we are delivering reliable services to our customers. We never had to disclose any private information of a user. This was achieved by using highest privacy standards and a company headquarter in Brazil.

We are constantly trying to improve our service and unparalleled support.

As a special world cup gift we offer you promotional prices.

The YourPrivateVPN Team

New Swiss Servers working (update)

Unfortunately we are experiencing more than the usual problems with this server. We are working hard to reconnect the Swiss internet access. It might be possible, that we have to change the server. In that case we will need about 48 hours to integrate a new swiss server into our server pool.

We are very sorry for that inconvenience and will inform you on our blog, when the Swiss access is reestablished.

Update: Our first attempt to integrate a new server failed. We are now trying to set-up a different server.

Update: Unfortunately it took us longer than expected to replace our Swiss server. However we are happy to announce, that we now have a new server in place. At the same time we have increased network performance and added an additional layer of redundancy. So we are pretty sure an outage like this won’t happen again.

Alternative Christmas Message from E. Snowden

Don’t miss that: On Channel 4 UK, First Broadcast: 4.15 PM Wed 25 December

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, gives this year’s The Alternative Christmas Message.

YourPrivateVPN blocked by o2 in the UK

Unfortunately we discovered that our service is blocked in the UK. You can check our or any other site here. That includes our blog too, where we inform about government spying and data collection of major companies.

We think this is a shame for a country that is proud of their freedom of press. Publicly the Cameron government states this is to protect children from the influence of pornographic presentations. However, you will not find these kind of images on our pages.

You can always reach our website using this address: http://95.211.79.101/

Data Collection: 2# Social Media Buttons

Nowadays almost every website uses social media buttons from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. However, when visiting any of these sites these buttons send information back to Facebook & Co. Even if you are not logged in into one of these networks, they collect the address of the web page you are visiting and some other meta data which can identify you. Clicking on the social media button is not required. This way these networks are able to track which websites users are visiting and are able to build fairly complete browser histories of their users. Creepy, I know.

To prevent this unwanted data leakage we choose an alternate approach. The concept is fairly easy. Per default only a gray mockup image of a like-button is embedded. Only if a user clicks this button the real like-button is loaded and information is sent to the social network. With a second click the user can then like the webpage (or tweet it etc.). Unfortunately some of our competitors don’t know this and expose their visitors to third party data collection.

Internet porn blocked by BT by default

We already informed on our main website about the upcoming internet censorship for British households. 

Today BT (British Telecom) has announced that all new customers will have parental control filters switched on by default when they subscribe to its service. Thus BT joins other providers like TalkTalk and Sky who make all new customers make a choice on whether the filters should be switched on or off when they sign up. Since web-blocking circumvention tools are also targeted by this filter, you might not be able to access YourPrivateVPN or this blog anymore.

I hope you will not have to state whether or not you have children in the house when opting out. Otherwise you possibly can expect a knock on the door from social services. 😉

Data Collection: 1# Facebook

That Facebook in general isn’t the best choice, when trying to maintain a certain degree of privacy, is almost common sense. However, before posting something on Facebook it’s always a good idea to think twice whether you want this information to be associated with your name.

So when writing something in a post or chat field you might sometimes decide not to actually post it. Facebook though seems rather interested in what you have intentionally chosen not to share. They call it “self censorship” and two Facebookers have now published a study about this. The article closes with the following:

… we have arrived at a better understanding of how and where self-censorship manifests on social media; next, we will need to better understand what and why.

For the future it may be helpful to keep in mind, that the technology to save your unpublished content already exists. It is basically the same how Google offers search suggestions while you are typing in the search box.

Cell phone wiretapping roundup

Matt Blaze wrote a nice roundup about cell phone wiretapping and tracking. As some of these techniques are already well known by interested individuals, I just want to add another method which at least seems imaginable.

As modern smart phones are basically personal computers, it shouldn’t be that difficult for some agencies to exploit them in order to place some nice malware on the phone. So it’s perfectly imaginable to leave the cellular radio running and registering with the cell network even after the off button has been pushed and the phone appears to be off. For that reason don’t be surprised when you discover you’ve been tracked and spied on while carrying a power-off cell phone with a battery in it.