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Censorship Increases Ahead of Communist Party Congress in China

Intense Censorship Arrives Ahead of China’s Communist Party Congress

China’s Communist Party Congress is coming up this week, and in advance of the meeting many security, surveillance and censorship measures are being ramped up in the country. The Communist Party Congress takes place every 5 years, and this year marks the 19th…

PureVPN revealed to be keeping logs.

Pure Lies: PureVPN’s “No Logs” Claims Invalidated By Recent FBI Case

News broke this week that VPN provider PureVPN is lying to consumers about how it keeps logs, specifically claiming it doesn’t log when it actually does. The story serves as an urgent reminder that research and common sense must be used in order to…

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: October 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! This annual campaign takes place in the United States, and 2017 marks the event’s 14th year. NCSAM is sponsored by StaySafeOnline.org, and is supported by the US government. The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the importance…

VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Latest Round of Blocking

The Chinese government began blocking VyprVPN connections via IP blocking, as well as targeting of iOS connections yesterday (October 4). As indicated by reports and commentary online, the latest round of censorship in the form of VPN blocking appears to be hitting many…

Introducing Outfox, an optimized gaming network.

Introducing Outfox: An Optimized Gaming Network

We’re excited to share that our newest product – Outfox – moved out of beta and was officially released! Outfox is an optimized gaming network that routes your traffic through our network to improve connection stability, decrease lag and lower ping. Outfox increases your speed and improves overall performance…

Letter to Apple about VPNs in China.

We Asked Apple for Transparency in China: Here’s What Happened

As you may be aware, we recently joined forces with Greatfire.org and called on Apple to be more transparent in its response to China’s demand to remove VPNs from the country’s app store. We co-authored a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook in which we outlined our…

WhatsApp Encryption

China Expands Censorship, Blocks WhatsApp Messaging App

Censorship in China has increased yet again, with news this week the country is now blocking access to popular messaging service WhatsApp.  This move comes in advance of next month’s Communist Party Congress (we’ll be writing more about this next week – stay…

Path to Privacy Arriving Just in Time?

When our friends at Golden Frog invited the Digital Privacy Alliance to guest blog, we were watching the Equifax data breach story unfold. Timing, it seems, is still everything. That old cliché feels more true today than ever, with digitally enabled live streaming,…

China Blocks VPNs Again, VyprVPN Restores Service Quickly

The Chinese Government began aggressively blocking VyprVPN iOS connections today at around 7am CST. Based on reports VPN users posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the latest round of censorship appears to be a widespread blocking of multiple VPN providers, and this…

Introducing Golden Frog Policy Highlights

Policy Highlight: Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (S 1693)

Senate bill 1693, or the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SENSA) is a bill authored by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) designed to hold companies liable for sex trafficking conducted on their websites. Supporters claim the bill will protect the victims of sex trafficking,…

Apple participates in censorship by removing VPN apps from China App Store.

Mr. Cook, Where is the Censorship Red Line for Apple?

Tim Cook addressed Apple removing 60+ major VPN apps from its China App Store last weekend on this week’s Apple Q3 earnings call: “We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business….

Why is China cracking down on VPNs

Apple Removes VyprVPN and Other Major VPN Apps From China App Store

We received notification from Apple today, July 28, 2017 at 10:53PM CST, that the VyprVPN iOS app “will be removed from the China App Store because it includes content that is illegal in China for legal reasons.” Early research and news reports indicate…

VyprVPN Up and Running Again In China, Despite Aggressive VPN Blocking by Government

The Chinese government has been aggressively blocking multiple VPN providers, both foreign and domestic, from operating within the country over the past 48 hours. We wanted to let our VyprVPN users know we’ve found workarounds to these blocks, and VyprVPN is 100% back up and running in…

China Announces Full VPN Ban in 2018, But VyprVPN Remains Accessible

Alarming, albeit unsurprising, news out of China today as the Chinese government announces a full-on VPN ban to take effect early next year. The government ordered the three largest, state-owned telecoms – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – to completely block access to…

5 Ways to Improve Your Travel Experience with VyprVPN

Thinking of being adventurous and traveling somewhere exciting this summer? As June ramps up, the season of skyrocketing airfare and expensive hotels does too. As millions of people flock to various countries across the globe, it is crucial that we remember the importance…

Barriers to Business: Overcoming Internet Obstacles in China

Today’s business environment is global by nature. Many companies run multinational offices in countries around the world, while many others offer services to a global user base. In this international marketplace China poses specific challenges to business because of the country’s strong censorship…

Pai point/counterpoint arguments against net neutrality

FCC Chairman Co-Opts Term Open Internet to Advocate for Flawed System. Here’s What He Got Wrong

You can’t have a discussion about the Internet in the United States these days without encountering the term “open Internet” or “net neutrality.” In the weeks since his appointment as Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai has been working to rewrite Internet regulations –…

Four things the FCC & FTC got wrong in their Washington Post Op-ed

In case you missed it, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen co-authored a piece justifying their effort to eliminate consumer privacy online, and offered an explanation as to why this action is for the greater good. While it is comforting…

Senate and House Block FCC's Privacy Regulations for ISPs

Congress Kills ISP Privacy Regulations – It’s Time for Open Access

There’s been a lot of buzz about last week’s Senate vote to block FCC regulations that protect consumer privacy regarding broadband Internet access – and the House just voted to block the rules as well. The vote will have implications for both consumer privacy…

Golden Frog panel on online privacy SXSW 2017

Golden Frog to Present Privacy Panel at SXSW 2017

Golden Frog is presenting at SXSW this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our VP of Sales & Director of Marketing Liz Kintzele will be presenting a panel about privacy and the myth of anonymity online: You Are Not Anonymous: The Myth…

I Am Anonymous When I Use a VPN – 10 Myths Debunked

We have noticed a disturbing trend in the VPN industry. More and more VPN providers are promising an “anonymous” or “no logging” VPN service while providing minimal, or zero, transparency about how they actually handle your data. These so called “anonymous” VPN providers…

Increase Streaming Speeds VPN

Your ISP is Slowing you Down. Defeat Throttling & Peering with a VPN

When you’re online you want to browse, stream and download at maximum speed and without interruption. Yet all too often you find your Internet connection is slow. It’s not the speed you want, nor what you’ve signed up and paid for. A look at…

Goodbye, Dump Truck

As of December 19, 2015 Golden Frog’s secure online storage product, Dump Truck, will be discontinued. We’re sad to see Dump Truck go, but excited to focus our efforts on our other two products – VyprVPN and Cyphr. Why are we saying goodbye…

VyprVPN adds 15 new server locations.

VyprVPN Adds 15 New VyprVPN Server Locations

We’re excited to announce we’ve added 15 new VyprVPN server locations around the world. These servers add to our existing network of over 700 servers, and with these additions VyprVPN is now available in over 70 locations globally! The new server locations are…

Save Money on Flights, Car Rentals, and Travel with VyprVPN

Some companies use data about your location and IP address to determine how much to charge you for flights, car rentals, and other online travel purchases. With VyprVPN you can obtain an IP address from locations around the world and find the cheapest…

Netflix Blocks Proxies

If Netflix Cracks Down on Proxies, Access to Content Isn’t the Only Thing You’ll Lose

I was surprised at Netflix’s announcement yesterday that: “Some members use proxies or “unblockers” to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving…

Netflix Blocks VPNs

Blocking by Streaming Services is Increasing

Almost two months after Netflix initially announced they’d be cracking down on proxy services, media is now reporting that Netflix is blocking VPN users from accessing their services. VyprVPN customers are also increasingly reporting that they are seeing the Netflix “streaming error” message when…

Golden Frog and Tutanota Partner

Get an Encrypted Tutanota Email Account to Protect Your Mailbox

Exclusive Deal for VyprVPN Customers Golden Frog is proud to announce that our partner, Tutanota, is offering VyprVPN customers an exclusive special. VyprVPN customers can upgrade to Tutanota Premium for only 1 € per month. When you upgrade, Tutanota will give you 5 GB…

You Are the Product: The Price of Free in the Growing Privacy Industry

In an Internet world dominated by Facebook and Google, most people understand the phrase “If you aren’t paying for it, you are the product.” What people don’t understand is that this concept has also landed on the shores of the privacy industry. History…

Data Retention by Country

Data Retention Laws By Country

Below is a chart outlining data retention laws in various countries around the world. We have created blog posts with more detail around several of these countries, which can be accessed by clicking “Learn More” under the country name. CountryRetention DurationCurrent StatusInformation Retained…