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Rule 41 Threat of Surveillance

Rule 41 Becomes Law, Expands FBI Hacking Powers

Rule 41 went into effect in the United States on December 1, 2016. This legislation grants the United States FBI more hacking powers, giving them the ability to search multiple computers across the USA with only a single warrant. Previously, they could only…

UK spying on citizens for 17 years

UK Passes Investigatory Powers Bill, Mass Surveillance Becomes Law

The Investigatory Powers Bill, also referred to as the Snooper’s Charter, has officially passed in the United Kingdom. The bill, first introduced in 2015, was passed by the House of Lords and House of Commons and officially signed into law by the Royal…

Russia Internet Data Storage Law

Russia Blocks LinkedIn for Violating Data Storage Law

LinkedIn was officially blocked in Russia this Thursday, as they were found to be in violation of a Russian data storage law.  The law, passed in 2014 and enacted in September 2015, requires that websites store data for their Russian users on local…

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Freedom On the Net 2016 Shows Internet Freedom is on the Decline

Freedom on the Net 2016, an annual report published by Freedom House that examines Internet Freedom around the world, was released this week. This year’s report highlighted an alarming trend – Internet freedom is continuing to decline around the world – for the…

Increase in encryption usage after US election

In Wake of US Election, People Seek Out Encryption Apps and Privacy Tools

Last week, the United States elected their 45th president in a historic election. Now, fearful that privacy policies may change and surveillance may expand under the new leadership, many Internet users are seeking ways to better protect their information online. It’s being reported…

AT&T Time Warner Merger

AT&T/Time Warner Merger Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns

By now you’ve probably heard that AT&T bid $85 billion dollars to acquire Time Warner in the United States, in a merger that joins a service provider (distribution network) and content company. As company that advocates for privacy, the merger causes concern. Here’s…

FCC Privacy Rules

FCC Passes New Rules, Increases Online Privacy Protections

At the end of October, after a long period of consideration, the FCC passed landmark rules that offer consumers unprecedented privacy protections when browsing online. These new rules restrict what information Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can collect and share, in a move that’s…

Donald Trump and Internet tech policy.

What Donald Trump’s Election Could Mean for Privacy and the Internet

Since our founding in 2009, Golden Frog has been fighting for a private and secure, free and open Internet experience for users around the world. With the election of Donald Trump as the next United States President, questions arise around what Internet and…

China cybersecurity draft law

China Passes New Cybersecurity Law, Increases Control of Internet

China has further tightened its grip on the Internet, with the passage of a new cybersecurity law. The law will have wide-reaching impacts both in and outside the country, on Internet businesses and human rights alike. China’s new cybersecurity law requires the collection…

VyprVPN accessible in Turkey despite call for VPN ban.

VyprVPN Working in Turkey, Despite Call for VPN Crackdown

On November 4, the Turkish government increased censorship within the country. After blocking major social media sites and other messaging platforms – a practice which is commonplace – the Turkish government expanded their crackdown and instructed ISPs to block a list of major VPN…

Dyn DNS provider suffers DDoS.

Savvy VPN Users Turn To VyprVPN During Massive DDoS Attack

As we detailed on our blog last week, the largest DDoS attack reported in history took place on October 21. The attack employed the Mirai botnet, a botnet of IoT-connected devices, to take down sites hosted by the Dyn DNS provider. During this…

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The Surveillance Continues: Yahoo Scans Hundreds of Millions of User Emails

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, yet every new revelation about the United States government’s sweeping surveillance of citizens still creates a stir. On October 4, Reuters broke news that Yahoo was surveilling the email of hundreds of millions of users – on request…

Connect to a VPN on untrusted and unknown wi-fi networks

3 Reasons To Use VyprVPN’s Connect on Untrusted Wi-Fi Feature

Have you tried VyprVPN’s Connect on Untrusted Wi-Fi feature yet? Here are three good reasons why you should. It’s automatic. You don’t have to remember to connect to VyprVPN every time you encounter a new public Wi-Fi network! VyprVPN will automatically recognize untrusted networks and do…

VyprVPN is now available for QNAP Nas devices

VyprVPN Now Available on QNAP NAS Devices

We’re excited to announce that VyprVPN is now available on QNAP QTS 4.2.2 devices! QNAP is a quality network appliance provider that offers cutting-edge NAS solutions for the business and home. With this partnership, VyprVPN comes to an entirely new platform – network attached…

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SXSW 2017: Vote for Golden Frog’s Panels

Golden Frog submitted 3 panels to the SXSW PanelPicker this year, and we’d love to share our insights at the 2017 conference. Help us make it to SXSW  – read about our panels below and cast your votes now! China’s Great Firewall and its War on…

how to watch the 2016 olympics with a VPN

How to Watch the Rio Olympics with a VPN and Improve Your Experience

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics are almost here! To help you get ready for this year’s games, we’ve outlined the best ways to watch using a VPN. The XXXI Olympic Games This year marks the XXXI Olympic Games, which are taking place in…

use a vpn for all travel this summer to secure yourself on wi-fi while on vacation

Why a VPN is Essential when Traveling and Using Wi-Fi

When you set out for a trip, whether it be a quick weekend getaway or an international vacation, there are some must-have items you always bring with you. One essential travel item that’s often overlooked is a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A…

Golden Frog Collaborates with Smithsonian’s Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project

Golden Frog Collaborates with Smithsonian’s Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project

We’re thrilled to announce we’re supporting the Panama Amphibian Rescue Conservation Project, managed by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and their efforts to save the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog. As you might guess from our name, we have a strong connection to…

Learn more about encryption and how to use encryption

Encryption: A Quick Guide to the Basics

Encryption has been in the news for months. From Apple’s highly-publicized battle with the FBI, to WhatsApp’s announcement they’ve added end-to-end encryption throughout their app, encryption has definitely been in the forefront. With all this encryption buzz, we wanted to take a step back…

Business Wi-Fi VPN

Why a VPN is Essential for Conducting Business on Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi Networks There’s been a lot of buzz about unsecure Wi-Fi lately – and it’s not just hype. As the number of free public Wi-Fi hotspots continues to increase, so do the risks associated with using these networks. A few weeks ago, a journalist…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Travel Savings

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…

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…

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…

You are the product

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…

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Introducing VyprVPN Server Beta: The Cloud VPN Server You Can Trust

  Since the beginning of VyprVPN, we’ve provided a great consumer VPN service to bring privacy and security to our users everywhere – from your local coffee shop to travels around the world. We work hard to own and operate the fast, secure…

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…