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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Mexico!

Golden Frog launched a new server location in Mexico City, Mexico! The new server location is available to use with PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN and Chameleon.

How to Access the Mexico VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Mexico as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
  • Manual Setup - If you manually set up VyprVPN on your operating system, you can update your VyprVPN hostname to: mx1.vpn.giganews.com
Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

You now have unlimited access to the following VPN server locations:
  • Asia - Hong Kong
  • Australia - Melbourne
  • Australia - Perth New!
  • Australia - Sydney
  • Austria - Vienna
  • Brazil - São Paulo New!
  • Belgium - Brussels
  • Canada - Toronto
  • Czech Republic - Prague
  • Denmark - Copenhagen
  • Europe - Luxembourg
  • Finland - Helsinki
  • France - Paris
  • Germany - Frankfurt
  • Iceland - Reykajvík
  • Indonesia - Jakarta
  • Ireland - Dublin
  • Italy - Rome
  • Japan - Tokyo
  • Lithuania - Vilnius
  • Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
  • Mexico - Mexico City New!
  • Netherlands - Amsterdam
  • New Zealand - Auckland
  • Norway - Oslo
  • Philippines - Manilla
  • Poland - Warsaw
  • Portugal - Lisbon
  • Romania - Bucharest
  • Russia - Moscow
  • Singapore - Singapore
  • South Korea - Seoul
  • Spain - Madrid
  • Sweden - Stockholm
  • Switzerland - Zurich
  • Thailand - Bangkok
  • Turkey - Istanbul
  • Vietnam - Hanoi
  • U.K. - London
  • U.S. - Austin
  • U.S. - Los Angeles
  • U.S. - Miami
  • U.S. - Washington, D.C.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Opt-in for early access to new VyprVPN features before they're released!

Want to try new VyprVPN features before they are released? Giganews members with VyprVPN can now opt-in to receive Beta app updates for VyprVPN for Windows and Mac. Be first to know when Golden Frog is working on something new for VyprVPN!

To begin receiving Beta updates, simply install version 2.3.1 or higher of VyprVPN for Windows or Mac. After updating VyprVPN, simply select the new feature under "Options/Preferences" to opt-in to receive Beta updates. With this feature enabled, you will get notifications whenever a new Beta version is available. Please test out the new features and then share your feedback!



If a Beta version isn't working for you, simply uninstall the VyprVPN Beta version and re-install the current production release for VyprVPN for Windows or Mac.

By participating in the VyprVPN Beta, you can share your feedback earlier in the development process while getting early access to new features.

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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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SXSW Take Back Your Internet Party Recap + Privacy Panel Video

We had a spirited discussion that covered the cultural, political and technological issues that affect online privacy. We co-sponsored a Take Back Your Internet Privacy Panel and Party with Golden Frog and Data Foundry on March 9th in Austin, Texas during SXSW. The event honored the global fight for online privacy and an uncensored Internet for all.

A big thank you to everyone that attended. We had a full house of people who clearly cared about these issues and engaged with the panelists making for an invigorating and lively debate.

The expert panel:
  • Kevin Bankston - Policy Director, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute

  • Evan Greer - Campaign Manager, Fight for the Future

  • Representative Bryan Hughes - Texas House of Representatives, District 5
  • Ali Sternburg – Public Policy Counsel at CCIA
  • Ron Yokubaitis - Co-founder and Co-CEO of Golden Frog, Giganews, Data Foundry and Texas.net
The panel was moderated by Stacey Higginbotham, senior writer at GigaOm.

In addition to the people in the room, we had viewers from around the world who watched the panel LIVE on the Golden Frog website and sent questions via Twitter. We also want to thank our diverse panel of experts for a truly informative and rousing discussion.

PRIVACY PANEL VIDEO

If you didn't catch the expert panel in person or online, you can now watch a recording on our YouTube channel:



Thanks again for making our annual celebration such a memorable one! Here are some photos from our "Take Back the Internet" Privacy Panel:

The Panel

The Turn Out

The Party

The Site

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Brazil!

Golden Frog launched their first South American VyprVPN server location in São Paulo, Brazil and it is now available for all protocols! The 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off June 12th and many of you may be traveling to see the games. Now you can secure your connection on unknown WiFi hotspots, access your favorite sites and maintain fast speeds, all by connecting to the new Brazil server location. During the most recent Winter Olympics games, many people traveled to Sochi, and were able to use VyprVPN to stay secure. Connect to Golden Frog's new VyprVPN server in Brazil this June and stay safe during the World Cup!

How to Access the Brazil VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Brazil as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
  • Manual Setup - If you manually set up VyprVPN on your operating system, you can update your VyprVPN hostname to: br1.vpn.giganews.com
Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

You now have unlimited access to the following VPN server locations:
  • Asia - Hong Kong
  • Australia - Melbourne New!
  • Australia - Perth New!
  • Australia - Sydney
  • Austria - Vienna
  • Brazil - São Paulo New!
  • Belgium - Brussels
  • Canada - Toronto
  • Czech Republic - Prague
  • Denmark - Copenhagen
  • Europe - Luxembourg
  • Finland - Helsinki
  • France - Paris
  • Germany - Frankfurt
  • Iceland - Reykajvík
  • Indonesia - Jakarta
  • Ireland - Dublin
  • Italy - Rome
  • Japan - Tokyo
  • Lithuania - Vilnius
  • Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
  • Netherlands - Amsterdam
  • New Zealand - Auckland
  • Norway - Oslo
  • Philippines - Manilla
  • Poland - Warsaw
  • Portugal - Lisbon
  • Romania - Bucharest
  • Russia - Moscow
  • Singapore - Singapore
  • South Korea - Seoul
  • Spain - Madrid
  • Sweden - Stockholm
  • Switzerland - Zurich
  • Thailand - Bangkok
  • Turkey - Istanbul
  • Vietnam - Hanoi
  • U.K. - London
  • U.S. - Austin
  • U.S. - Los Angeles
  • U.S. - Miami
  • U.S. - Washington, D.C.
If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN 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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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Automatic Connect on Wi-Fi and Cellular networks now available!

Public Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops, airport and hotels have become increasingly insecure. Cellular networks also share similar security concerns. Even worse, cellular carriers are also leveraging Wi-Fi to carry smartphone traffic in order to alleviate cellular network traffic, compromising mobile communications. However, users are sometimes too busy or forget to turn on VyprVPN when accessing insecure Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Our partner Golden Frog wants to make it easier for users to protect themselves, so that's why they added the automatic connect on unknown Wi-Fi and cellular settings into the 2.3 versions of the Android, Windows and Mac apps. Unfortunately, due to iOS restrictions, Golden Frog is not able to offer the automatic connect settings for the VyprVPN for iOS app at this time.

VyprVPN Automatic Connect options include:
  • Connect on Unknown Wi-Fi Networks - When a user connects to an unknown Wi-Fi network, VyprVPN will automatically connect and encrypt all Internet traffic. Users may also exclude specific, "known" networks they consider to be secure and don't want VyprVPN to automatically connect.
  • Connect on Cellular - When a user is connected to a cellular network, VyprVPN will automatically connect.
  • Automatic Reconnect - Anytime VyprVPN is disconnected without the user manually choosing to do so, the app will attempt to reconnect.
  • Connect When App Starts - VyprVPN will automatically connect when a user opens the app
  • Connect When Device Starts - VyprVPN will automatically connect whenever the device is turned on
Please read the change logs for Windows, Mac, and Android for additional VyprVPN 2.3 updates.

How to Update to VyprVPN 2.3?

Existing users of VyprVPN for Windows and Mac will receive an update notification in the app from which they can install the update. Existing users of VyprVPN for Android can update via Google Play

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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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

You're Invited to our Privacy Panel and Party at SXSW 2014


It's been a rough year for the Internet. With everything from the NSA controversy, to data collection by corporations, to the repeal of Net Neutrality, we could all use a good time.

With that in mind, Giganews in partnership with Golden Frog and Data Foundry is hosting its second annual "Take Back Your Internet" party during SXSW. We'd like to invite you to join us on Sunday, March 9 in downtown Austin for an evening of networking with your fellow netizens who care as much as you do about online privacy.

As a VERY COOL added bonus, we've recruited some of the leading online privacy advocates in the world for an entertaining and informative panel discussion about the current and future state of online privacy
. Various surveys indicate an overwhelming majority of people are concerned about their online privacy and are in favor of political initiatives and technical solutions that help preserve their privacy. But, is that still possible in an age of widespread Internet censorship, data collection, and mass surveillance by governments? We all leave a footprint online, but what can be done to keep it private when needed?

Our expert panel will examine the current state of online privacy in the U.S. and worldwide, the role that ISPs play in an open Internet, and the future of government policy regarding the Internet.

Privacy Panel Livestream:
If you can't make it to the event in person, you can watch the Privacy Panel online as the event will be streamed LIVE at:

www.goldenfrog.com/sxsw2014/livestream

We're also going to be accepting a few questions for the panelists on Twitter and our livestream page. Just Tweet us your privacy-related questions with hashtag #takebackyourinternet and include @giganews in your tweet.

PANEL DETAILS:
Is There Any Online Privacy Left? What Does The Future Hold?
An expert panel on what every internet user should know
Speakers:
Kevin Bankston - Policy Director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute
Evan Greer - Campaign Manager at Fight for the Future
Ali Sternburg - Public Policy Counsel at CCIA
Rep. Bryan Hughes of District Five in the Texas House of Representatives,
Ron Yokubaitis - Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Golden Frog, Giganews, Data Foundry and Texas.net
Panel Moderated by Stacey Higginbotham - Sr. Writer, GigaOM

We hope you can join us either in person at the event or via our Livestream. Don't forget to post comments or tweet your questions to us with hashtag #takebackyourinternet during the event.

Event Information:
WHAT: Take Back Your Internet Party - 2014
WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 6-10pm
WHERE: The Bourbon Girl, #212 E 6th St, Austin, TX - 78701
EVENT SCHEDULE:
6pm Doors Open
7-8pm Expert Panel on Online Privacy
8-10pm Party Continues
DRINKS: Open Bar from 6-9.30pm
COST: No cost to you – just RSVP for the event while tickets last
(Note: This is an unofficial SXSW event, and a badge is not required to attend.)

RSVP For the event here: http://www.goldenfrog.com/sxsw2014

If you are in town, the event is free and doesn't require a SXSW badge. Our space is limited, so please don't delay in RSVPing. We hope you'll join us.
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