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A new version of Steganos Online Shield VPN for iOS is now available.

The update will be downloaded and installed automatically from the App Store.

  • 3D Touch Quick Actions (activate and deactivate VPN connection, change country location) on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
  • The VPN connection now stays active indefinitely until it gets terminated manually
  • Fixed several display errors

A new version of Steganos Online Shield VPN is now available.

The update will be downloaded and installed automatically within 24 hours. If you do not want to wait you can also install it manually: Download current version (your data volume or premium status will not be affected by doing this)

  • Added support for HDPI displays
  • Added Portuguese and French localization
  • Several small bug fixes

We want to offer our customers even better VPN services in the future. For that reason we are setting up a number of new servers. Because of the necessary technical work there might be some interruptions or restrictions when using our VPN service today. We ask for your understanding. We will make every effort to keep potential downtime as low as possible.

 

Over three billion data records worldwide have been lost since 2013 according to the Breach Level Index (www.breachlevelindex.com), including many passwords, bank data and customer details stored by online vendors. The Berlin-based IT security expert Steganos Software (www.steganos.com) has upgraded its privacy and data protection application, Steganos Privacy Suite, with additional features so that PC and Internet users can now profit from even more protection against data theft and online snooping. Today’s newly released Steganos Privacy Suite 17 features tracking protection, an ad blocker, and options for browser anonymization. Other new features include Intel hardware acceleration for fast encryption of large data volumes, sparse file safes, and notifications for password expiries. The software solution is compatible with the latest Windows 10 operating system.

 

ps-box-rightSteganos Privacy Suite 17 combines proven solutions for digital data protection from Steganos into one attractive package. With this highly professional security software, users can securely encrypt their sensitive data, passwords and emails, and proactively guard their privacy when browsing online. The package contains Steganos Safe, Steganos Password Manager, and a number of interesting extra features like Steganos TraceDestructor, Steganos Shredder and the Steganos Crypt & Hide function.

 

Tracking protection, anti-spam filter and browser anonymization

“A lot of folks still think that installing anti-virus software is all it takes to protect themselves against criminal online activity. They’re wrong. Passwords and other sensitive data can get lost in a variety of ways. In addition, invasive public authorities and nosy corporations are increasingly tracking all of our activity online.  This is why we’ve significantly enhanced the online privacy protection features in our 17th edition of Steganos Privacy Suite,” explains Steganos Managing Director Gabriel F. Yoran.

 

Highly secure AES-XEX 384-bit encryption with hardware acceleration

Since version 16, the Steganos Safe integrated in Steganos Privacy Suite has implemented AES-XEX, an algorithm that has never been cracked and currently offers the maximum key length of 384 bits for data encryption. With Steganos Privacy Suite 17, Intel hardware acceleration has now also been integrated in the safe feature. This allows even large volumes of data to be quickly encrypted — and they’ll be uncrackable.

 

Sparse safe files

New in the 17th edition: the size of safes for data encryption automatically scales on local storage media or in the cloud.  Users can now use their storage space even more effectively because the safe will always only take up as much room as it needs for the data it contains. And the size of the safe no longer has to be manually adjusted as its data volume increases.

 

Password manager with new convenient features

The Steganos Password Manager integrated in Steganos Privacy Suite lets users generate highly secure passwords, manage them, and automatically insert them. Automatic password expiry notifications provide additional comfort in Steganos Privacy Suite. Version 17 users also no longer have to use a cloud service when they want to access their passwords on a mobile device. Apple mobile device owners can log into the app with their Touch ID.

 

For over a decade, Steganos products have stood for reliable privacy protection. “There are absolutely no back doors, and Steganos stores no master passwords or skeleton keys,” emphasizes Yoran.

 

 

Steganos Privacy Suite 17: The biggest features

  • New! Tracking protection, ad-blocker, and browser anonymization
  • New! Intel hardware acceleration for turbo encryption
  • New! Sparse safe files save room on your storage devices
  • New! Automatic password expiry notifications for data protection
  • New! Access your password keychain with your Touch ID (iOS only)
  • Safe data encryption with secure AES-XES 384-bit encryption
  • Dropbox, GoogleDrive, MicrosoftDrive and TelekomCloud support
  • Unlimited number of data safes with up to 2TB of storage space
  • Plugins and in-app browser for automatic password insertion
  • Internet TraceDestructor irrevocably deletes any data traces
System requirements

Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32/64-bit resp.). Browser support for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox

 

Price and availability

Steganos Privacy Suite 17: 49.95 euro (upgrade: 29.95 euro). Steganos Safe 17:  29,95 euro (upgrade: 19,95 euro). Steganos Passwort Manager 17: 19,95 euro (upgrade: 9,95 Euro)

Download at www.steganos.com

 

Press material

Printable images and the press release can be downloaded from:  https://www.steganos.com/de/unternehmen/presse-center

 

 

About Steganos Software GmbH

Steganos has stood for privacy protection for over 15 years.

Founded in 1997 in Germany, it develops well-known security products like Steganos Privacy Suite, Steganos Password Manager and Steganos Online Shield VPN. More information can be found at www.steganos.com

 

 

 

 

Press contact

Steganos Software GmbH

Anita Möllering

Immanuelkirchstr. 4

10405 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 – 30 – 48 49 27 78

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The VPN clients Steganos Online Shield VPN and OkayFreedom VPN can recognize DNS hijacking network attacks, and will warn VPN users of them. There are no data leaks via IPv6 when Steganos VPN products are used. This was announced by the Berlin-based IT security specialist Steganos Software after reports of security gaps in 14 VPN services gave rise to uncertainty.

IPv6-IPv4_von Thierry Ehrmann CC-BY-20
IPv6-IPv4_von Thierry Ehrmann CC-BY-20

“Neither Steganos Online Shield VPN, nor OkayFreedom VPN allow an unprotected IPv6 connection. Both applications immediately recognize DNS hijacking. Steganos customers can rest assured that our solutions are securely protecting them from hackers and data thieves,” said Gabriel F. Yoran, Managing Director of Steganos.

Doubts arose about the security of VPN clients when a number of relevant IT media cited a technical article which had been published in April 2015 by a joint research team from the universities of Rome and London. Within the scope of their project, the researchers had investigated the effect of IPv6 issues on VPN clients, and discovered shortcomings in all of the services they tested.

Up to now, IPv6 had played hardly any role in the daily practice of VPN users. Problems only arise when users have no detailed knowledge of whether they are using IPv6 when they’re online. This is the case in public hotspots for example.

“Here at Steganos, we don’t want our VPN users to have to worry about whether they’re using IPv4 or IPv6 on the Internet. That’s why, for the present, we decided to disallow IPv6 for the duration of any VPN connectivity. We’re already working on developing a sustainable solution which would allow IPv6 without compromising the security of the VPN connection.

 DNS hijacking is another attack scenario described by the researchers, which is unrelated to IPv6. If a hacker is able to trick the router and switch his own DNS server into the local network, he can not only see what pages the user is loading, but also mine and log data out of the actual VPN tunnel.

Steganos VPN products are capable of immediately identifying such DNS hijackings. The software enforces a specific DNS server for duration of the VPN connection and can therefore recognize whether there is another device on the local network within the same IP range of the Steganos DNS server.  If so, it assumes the local network is compromised. Steganos VPN products then disallow the VPN connection and warn the user.

Summer vacation is here. Your suitcases are packed and of course your mobile is coming along as your trusty travel companion. After all, having the Internet in your pocket or beach bag makes a lot of things easier when you’re on the road: posting your favorite snapshots to Facebook, picking the best routes in your maps app, or reserving a rental car for that daytrip. And because so many cafes, restaurants and hotels have public hotspots, it’s not even expensive. But be careful! WIFI access is often unencrypted, making it a popular point of attack for hackers and data thieves. That guy sitting at the table next to yours? He could be using the insecure connection to pry into your personal data like emails, passwords or chat protocols. The IT security specialist Steganos Software GmbH therefore recommends vacationers take action to protect themselves from attacks like this. How? With a VPN client like Steganos Online Shield for iOS and Android. Nice side effect: With an activated VPN app, you can even watch your favorite TV stations when you’re abroad.

"Belt of stories" by Andy Li is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Belt of stories” by Andy Li is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (http://bit.ly/1SmZkNt)

“Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean that credit card thieves and email fraudsters are taking time off, too. On the contrary! You have to be particularly careful when you’re traveling. Everyone should take the initiative to protect themselves from snoops by installing the appropriate software on their mobile devices,” explains Gabriel F. Yoran, Managing Director of Steganos Software GmbH, a Berlin-based IT firm specialized in security solutions.

Once activated, a VPN client like Steganos Online Shield VPN establishes an encrypted virtual private network (VPN) on your smartphone or tablet. All of your traffic is routed through this data tunnel and thus hidden from prying eyes so that any hackers on the same wireless network cannot log your data. Plus, you are 2 also surfing anonymously if you use an activated VPN app. The software switches your IP address, thus hiding your identity. In addition, Steganos Online Shield VPN can identify other devices on the same WIFI. This means the app can quickly recognize and block any potential threats.

And for another annoyance on vacation, a VPN app like Steganos Online Shield VPN is an elegant solution: there might be a important game on at home, or your favorite show, and the hotel you’re staying at only shows regional TV stations. With a VPN app, you can toggle an IP address from the country of your choice when you go online, and thus navigate around any restrictive country settings to watch what you want to watch.

The installation of a VPN client can also protect mobile network users from data theft and online espionage. To minimize the number of potential security gaps for hackers, Steganos recommends updating your operating system and all apps before you leave on vacation. If you’re taking your laptop with you on your trip, you should also encrypt your hard drive. If it gets stolen, it can be located remotely, disabled, and all of the data on it can be deleted. Make sure to also bring along the customer service number of your mobile carrier and your bank so that telephones and credit cards can be quickly disabled and blocked if worse comes to worst. Despite all of these precautions, travellers on vacation should still try to avoid activities that could be critical to their security, such as online banking and shopping online.

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