Tunnelblick is a popular free OpenVPN client for Mac. It’s been around a long time, is still being updated, and is a breeze to use. This post has a video tutorial that walks you through the process of setting up Tunnelblick so that you can quickly and easily access Ghost Path’s VPN servers.
How to install and configure Tunnelblick to work with Ghost Path servers
Here’s the full list of Ghost Path VPN servers. You can click the OpenVPN link for any of those servers to download a pre-config’d OpenVPN file to easily import into Tunnelblick.
Viscosity is one of the absolute best VPN clients for Mac (and Windows). It’s very popular and I use it personally for a variety of reasons. I’ve put together a handy guide to help you get started with Viscosity.
Viscosity is not free, but it does come with a 30-day trial and then it’s just $14 for a license. Well worth it imo.
How to install and configure Viscosity to work with Ghost Path servers
Here’s the full list of Ghost Path VPN servers. You can click the Viscosity link for any of those servers to download a pre-config’d Viscosity file.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in countless changes and adaptations around the globe, one of which is a greatly increased interest in VPN’s. We’ve seen an influx of traffic, mostly from consumers who appear to be completely new to VPN’s.
I’ve been using Google Trends to track the spike in interest and see what interesting tidbits can be learned.
Worldwide Interest is Up
Live Data from Google Trends
March 17, 2020. It looks like global interest is up about 11% over the last week or so. I would expect this to continue increasing over the next 2-3 weeks as the virus continues to spread to new countries/regions.
April 14, 2020. VPN interest peaked at ~60% higher than usual the week of March 15-21. It’s declined since then but is still up more about 25% above pre-COVID levels.
VPN Interest In Italy Skyrocketed in Mid-March
Live Data From Google Trends
March 17, 2020. This makes sense, because Italy was one of the first countries to be locked down. More users working from, watching media from home, etc. It will be interesting to see what new level the VPN interest holds at after this initial spike.
April 14, 2020. VPN interest in Italy has remained far above where it was pre-COVID. As of now Italy is still in lockdown-mode.
VPN Interest in US Doubled Before Declining
Live Data From Google Trends
March 17, 2020. Again, this follow closely with the global spread of COVID-19. The US is behind Italy at the moment, so it follows that VPN interest is moving along the same path. If the US is truly following the same pattern, I would expect to see an even larger increase in interest over the next 1-2 weeks.
April 14, 2020. US interest peaked during the week of March 15-21, doubling previous interest. As Americans settled into shelter-in-place orders and schools and businesses closed, VPN interest peaked and then started declining. Interest is still significantly higher than before COVID-19.
Why the Increased Interest in VPN?
What can we learn from this spike in interest? Here are a few of my hypotheses.
Increase in corporate VPN interest due to working from home
Many people working from home, particularly for larger companies, are asked to utilize the company’s VPN to connect to the corporate network. Google Trends bears out this relationship very well, as you can see the clear connection between the increase in VPN interest and work from home interest over the last 2 months.
People stuck at home are watching more online entertainment
Consumer VPN is synonymous with online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. because of the issue of geolocation. The data in Google Trends tends to back up this assumption to some degree. It’s hard to directly compare “VPN” to “Netflix” because of the vast difference in popularity, but if you focus on increases over the last couple of months in the chart below it’s hard to argue that they don’t correlate very well.
More to Come
We’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.
We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting Paypal payments for our VPN service. Paypal is a simple, safe & secure way to pay.
Ghost Path accepts the following methods of payment now:
Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover)
Cash or Money Order
How to Pay With Paypal
If you are new to Ghost Path then simply visit our pricing page to choose your VPN plan. When you click the Buy Now button you will see the option to pay with Paypal.
We don’t have a way for current customers to migrated payments from credit cards or Bitcoin to Paypal. We’re working on that for a future release. If you need to do this immediately then just email us and we’ll take care of it.
More Payment Options in the Future
We’re committed to making Ghost Path as accessible as possible, and that means accepting as many types of payments as possible. We’re working to bring more payment options online in the near future. If you have any suggestions then feel free to contact us.
Whether you’re an all-out “gamer” or simply enjoy a few hands of online poker every now and then, all that online gaming fun comes with its own set of risks.
When we turn to the internet for gaming entertainment often the last think we think about (or want to think about) is the fact that we’re opening ourselves up to potentially be the victim of scams, identity theft or viruses.
If you spend any time gaming, then take a few minutes to read through the risks below and how to avoid them!
Large, online gaming communities may feel “friendly” but the truth is, you’re surrounded by strangers, which means you could unthinkingly share too much personal info like your full name, email address, age or even online passwords.
When you download “cheats” you could actually be downloading corrupt software that contains viruses.
Illegally downloading games could lead to severe penalties or even prosecution.
Getting rid of old game consoles, computers, mobile devices, etc. that still contain your personal info can put you at risk of identity theft.
Ok, now that you recognize some of the risks of online gaming, let’s go over how to protect yourself so you can keep on gaming without the worry.
How to Stay Safe…
Make sure you have updated antivirus software.
Only play authorized, legitimate versions of games that you have obtained/purchased legally and from the proper sources.
Choose a secure username that does not reveal personal info.
Create strong and long passwords.
Never share personal info with other players.
Keep your game software up-to-date.
Delete all personal info before disposing of or selling unwanted gaming devices.
Establish rules and guidelines for your children when they’re playing online (and model good behavior)!
To protect yourself even further, consider setting up a VPN so that you can mask your location and identity and never worry about online gaming hazards again! For more information about getting a Virtual Private Network, click HERE.
Risks & safety measures inspired by this post on GetSafeOnline.org.
We’ll get to the answer to that question in a minute, but first, let’s back it up.
Do you know what a VPN is?
VPN is a Virtual Private Network. And, it’s an effective, safe and easy way to add security and privacy to both public and private networks. Basically, it enables you to freely use and browse the Internet without the fear of putting yourself at risk of cybercrimes, hackers, or geographic restrictions.
As you can imagine, having a VPN can be really beneficial, but there are specific groups of people who really can benefit from having a VPN.
If you’re wondering if you are a one of them, check out the infographic below to find out!
Ever feel like you’re not getting the whole story?
Well, we’ve done some digging and it turns out that there’s quite a lot that the big dogs (namely Google and Apple) are NOT telling you about the security of your mobile device.
According to a recent Unisys study on workplace mobile habits, it was found that many business users access important corporate data using non-secure methods, like public WiFi. Plus, an increasing number of employees are accessing their workplace’s business applications on their personal devices, putting both themselves, sensitive data and their company at risk.
And worse, most people don’t give a second thought to the security of their devices before logging on at a WiFi hotspot or checking their email using mobile data.
Here are some enlightening facts about our mobile device habits & security:
By 2020 there will be 50 billion (yes, with a b) internet-connected devices
51% of organizations have experience data loss in the last year from non-secure device usage
32% of Americans say they prefer to use simple passwords; a practice that puts you & your data at risk
In a recent media company security breach, it was uncovered that 3,000 users had the password “123456” and 2,000 users used “password” as their password
In order to better protect yourself, your data & your mobile device, get a VPN (virtual private network), which will encrypt your data and protect your privacy no matter what device you use to connect to the Internet.
There’s a lot of talk these days about the many risks of children being online.
We hear news story after news story about cyberbullying, online child predators, and others with malicious intent lurking around every corner. Sure, there are risks, and practicing safe online usage is essential, but most of the time the benefits of the Internet far outweigh the potential hazards.
In today’s post, we’re debunking some common myths about your child’s safety online, and we’ll fill you in on the real truths of each situation.
MYTH #1: Social media transforms kids into bullies.
TRUTH: Social media is just another outlet for bullying — it doesn’t turn kids into bullies. Most kids who engage in online bullying are also often bullies at school and usually have another reason for acting out, like family issues, school problems, etc. The most productive thing to do is for parents and teachers to educate themselves about the warning signs of bullying so that they can step-in before the behavior goes too far.
MYTH #2: Never post photos of your children on social media — it’s too dangerous!
TRUTH: By using the appropriate privacy settings, you can post pictures AND keep your children safe. To ensure that your kids remain safe & protected, (1) use privacy settings that limit your posts’ reach to only family and trusted friends, (2) limit your audience by using photo-share sites that require a login to see pictures, like Flickr, and (3) don’t tag or identify your children in the photos.
MYTH #3: Strict parental control setting are the best way to protect your children online.
TRUTH: Using just one measure for online security gives you a false sense of safety. Parental controls are just one piece of the puzzle, you also need to openly discuss online safety precautions with your children, share the risks of being online, establish agreed-upon rules, and encourage your children to be both responsible and respectful when online.
To further protect your children from online risks, consider setting up a VPN to ensure privacy, security & safety while online. For more information, click HERE.
Half a billion people are on Facebook. Yes, that’s billion with a “b”.
And, while Facebook may seem like all funny posts and picture-sharing, there are a number of risks that come with sharing personal data online — risks like identity theft, cyberbullying, scams and more.
If you’re one of the 500 million on Facebook, and want to ensure that your security and privacy are secure, read through our step-by-step instructions below to keep yourself safe & happy on this social media site.
Basic Security Settings
Go to “settings” in the drop-down menu in the upper righthand corner or the page. Make sure you’re in “general settings” in the lefthand column.
Double check to make sure you’re using a email address that is solely dedicated for your Facebook account, NOT your primary email. If you use your primary that you also use for accessing credit cards, banking info, etc., you are putting yourself at risk.
Use a long, strong password. Never use the same password for your Facebook account that you also use for other important accounts online.
Manage Your Security
Still in “settings”, click the “security” tab in the lefthand column.
Set up login notifications. This will alert you if someone is trying to access your account.
Set up login approvals. This setting will require that you input a code sent to you via text if Facebook doesn’t recognize the device from which it’s being accessed. This is great hacking-prevention!
Check out trusted browsers. It’s best to NOT save browsers and also to log out after each and every Facebook session.
Start a list of trusted contacts. This will help you get your account back to normal after you’ve been hacked or lose your password.
Where have you been logging in from? This will show the various locations and devices from which you’ve logged in to Facebook. If there are sessions that don’t look familiar, look into them as it may mean your account has been compromised.
Protect Your Privacy
Again, still in “settings”, click the “privacy” tab on the left.
Set your sharing/privacy option to Friends only.
Limit the reach of older posts on your Timeline.
Choose who can request to be your “friend”.
Do NOT allow search engines to access your Timeline.
Check out the Activity Log to review all the pictures, posts, etc. you’ve been tagged in.
Select either a “basic” or “strict” filter.
Set “who can look me up?” to Friends only.
We also recommend reading as much as you can about Facebook privacy because it’s constantly evolving. For even greater online protection & privacy, consider using a VPN whenever you access your social media accounts.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you likely know the headaches and risks that can arise with censorship, geographic restrictions and unsecured WiFi.
In our wired world, we often take for granted the ease and security of connecting to the Internet at home, and then when we travel, we’re suddenly hit with outrageous usage fees, limited access and compromised public WiFi that puts our data and identities at risk.
Well, we put together a fun infographic that demonstrates the censorship and security issues travelers face, as well as a solution that’ll remove the blocks and the worry!
For more info about VPNs (virtual private networks), click here.