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Data Privacy Day 2016

Happy Data Privacy Day 2017

Data Privacy Day is coming up again – and here at Golden Frog we’re celebrating! Sponsored by staysafeonline.org, Data Privacy Day is held on January 28 each year and was created to bring awareness to key issues surrounding privacy online. This year’s themes are…

China Says VPNs Illegal

China Finally Asserts that VPNs are Illegal, but VyprVPN Remains Accessible

China Finally Asserts VPNs Are Illegal The Chinese government has finally come out and said it: VPN services are not allowed without authorization. These updated Chinese regulations effectively outlaw VPNs within China after years of sporadic VPN blocking and degradation by the Great…

Celebrating Online Communities for #CMAD

All around the web today, an unusual holiday that you’ve probably never heard about is being celebrated by the folks who help make the web more welcoming for everyone. January 23, 2017 marks the seventh anniversary of Community Manager Appreciation Day, or #CMAD…

From The Hill: FCC Selections Matter for Keeping the Open Internet

Golden Frog Co-Founder Ron Yokubaitis explores the topic of the Open Internet and the FCC selections under the new presidential cabinet in this op-ed. “Elections have consequences, and the spoils go to the victor. As President-elect Trump’s transition team prepares to replace President…

China new cybersecurity legislation

China Strengthens Great Firewall, Requires Registration of Domain Names, Censorship of Mobile Apps

News broke this week that the Chinese government is further increasing its control of the Internet in the country, tightening an already-iron grip. China strictly censors and restricts the Internet via a mechanism called the Great Firewall. With newly-proposed regulations, they will increase…

WhatsApp Encryption

WhatsApp Vulnerability? Safety of Encrypted Messages Called into Question

WhatsApp has long been touted as a highly-secure platform for messaging, employing strong end-to-end encryption to protect its user base and the privacy of their communications. As a result, millions of people around the world look to WhatsApp to communicate securely. Following a…

Encryption Second Amendment for Internet

The Right to Privacy and Internet Freedom

We’ve long said that encryption is a right, describing it as the “second amendment for the Internet.” In addition to encryption we have other rights as Internet users, including the right to access a free and open Internet and to communicate with others…

Email Privacy Act 2017

Email Privacy Act Reintroduced in the House: Show Your Support Now

Congressmen Kevin Yoder and Jared Polis dropped the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) yesterday, reintroducing the bill in the House. The Email Privacy Act previously passed the House of Representatives in April 2016, without opposition and widely supported as a bipartisan piece of legislation….

CES 2016

Technology and Privacy: What’s Going on at CES 2017

It’s that time of year again – CES! Last week we attended the Consumer Electronics Show, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. We were there talking privacy and security and checking out all the developing trends. A couple of big themes emerged. Drones…

EU Data Protection and Privacy Overhaul

EU Court Rejects Data Retention, With Implications for Snooper’s Charter

In late December, the highest court in Europe made a ruling that “general and indiscriminate” data retention, or collection of communications information, is not in line with existing EU law. The ruling means that governments and companies can no longer conduct sweeping surveillance…

2016: The Year in Privacy & Security

As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at 2016. This year, the debates over privacy and security continued to rage on with victories and setbacks alike. Encryption By far, the biggest theme of 2016 was encryption – and 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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…

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…