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Data Retention of Users Unfeasible with Steganos VPN Software

  • Determining of one individual VPN user’s data is impossible for German software company Steganos
  • VPN services interweaves users’ data irreversibly
  • Legal admissibility of user data disclosure upon court order stays questionable

dataretentieMass data retention is supposed to make a comeback in Germany in a slightly rearranged form. Providing anonymization services such as Steganos Online Shield VPN and OkayFreedom VPN, we declare data retention to be unfeasible concerning our VPN users: Both services interweave metadata of a huge number of users in a way that cannot be untangled. Therefore, an individual user cannot be identified with one IP-address and personal data can neither be determined nor passed to state or police.

In case of a reintroduction of mass data retention in Germany, investigation authorities could request Steganos to pass data regarding one IP-address, a given date and a certain time for purposes of an individual’s criminal prosecution. Yet, it would be impossible to identify any user of Steganos Online Shield VPN as well as of OkayFreedom VPN with a certain IP-address, as an individual user’s set of data is irreversibly mingled with the sets of data of all other users who are connected to our VPN network at that time. We were only able to pass a list of user-IPs, who have been connected to a certain VPN-IP at the given time. This means that Steganos cannot retrace any individual user with that information, but only give out an amount of IP-addresses from several internet providers (T-Online, 1&1, Unitymedia, etc.) that could contain the person sought.

“If the release of these data upon court order is legally admissible, is still totally unclear. By being forced to grant access to information of other internet users who have been connected to the VPN network at the same time, these users’ personal right to privacy would be heavily infringed. All of them would be placed under general suspicion. Thus, it would stay questionable, if we had to comply with the order”, states Gabriel Yoran, Managing Director of Steganos Software GmbH.

VPN service conceals real IP-addresses

As provider of anonymization services such as Steganos Online Shield VPN and OkayFreedom VPN we make sure that every data traffic is directed from the user’s device to a Steganos VPN server via an encrypted tunnel. The VPN server assigns a new IP-address for identification and establishes communication with the websites the user wants to visit. There are two big advantages: All data that are exchanged between user and VPN server are encrypted and cannot be accessed by third parties. Furthermore, users can just be traced back to their VPN server. Instead of their real IP-addresses one can only see the VPN service’s IPs.

No data retention for users of VPN server

Steganos Online Shield VPN and OkayFreedom VPN neither store called up addresses or contents, nor the IP-addresses that are allocated to the user by the VPN service. Also the users own IP-address, with which Steganos Online Shield VPN and OkayFreedom VPN is used, is not being saved – according to current privacy policy regarding both products.

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(Deutsch) Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Regierung will Schutz vor NSA, aber eigene Bürger überwachen

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Telekom Announces Free Program Package for PC, Tablet and Smartphone Security with Steganos Online Shield VPN

  • Steganos Partnered up with Telekom for its Security Offer “Made in Germany”
  • Steganos Online Shield VPN is Part of the Free Protection Package
  • Program Collection Unites Four German IT Providers

Bild_Gratis_SchutzpaketIn cooperation with Telekom the German Software Company Steganos contributes to the program package for protection of PCs, smartphones and tablets, which was presented at the IT event CeBIT 2015. The free-of-charge program collection contains the Steganos Online Shield VPN as well as software of three other German IT security providers (Avira, Strato, Secomba). By closing all main security gaps, it addresses consumers as well as small and medium-sized companies.

Steganos Online Shield VPN – Surfing safely and privately

Within the Telekom security package “Made in Germany” Steganos provides the important function of encrypting Internet connections. Users can browse safely and privately with Steganos Online Shield VPN. The program encrypts all Internet traffic using the highly-secure AES 256-bit procedure. The Steganos Servers, placed all over the world, protect personal data from attacks and surveillance in all kinds of public networks – whether WiFi, LAN or mobile network (3G, LTE/4G, EDGE, GPRS). With Steganos Online Shield its users can surf anonymously whenever they want to, as the program conceals online identities and safeguards personal data against unauthorized access. Furthermore, the solution also conceals the IP addresses of devices, so hackers can no longer identify them as potential victims.

“We are looking forward to the strategic cooperation with Telekom. It opens an additional channel for us to provide Internet users with a VPN tool, that enables them to surf freely and to circumvent regionally blocked content, but with the highest security standards available”, says Stephan Hechler, Managing Director of Steganos Software GmbH. “Not only revelations by Snowden, but also calls for prohibition of encryption on national and international level make many users feel insecure. Together with the Telekom and other IT providers, we offer them protection for their smartphones and PCs in one single package – made in Germany.”

Steganos Online Shield VPN being the current test winner of the comparison portal Netzsieger complements the Telekom security package. Within the comparative test of VPN services, the product achieved the best ranks in the categories: security, performance, usability and customer support.

The free offering is available to download with the market launch at www.telekom.de/schutzpaket. A premium version of the offering with additional functions is planned.

 

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Safeguarded against WebRTC: Steganos Online Shield VPN still protects real IP-addresses

• WebRTC reveals home IP-address and location
• Steganos Online Shield VPN stays fully operative
• WebRTC protection activated with one click only

It was revealed earlier that Mozilla Firefox as well as Google’s Browser Chrome let out users’ real IP-addresses despite activated VPNs. Developer Daniel Roesler names the implementation of WebRTC as reason for this security flaw. With Steganos Online Shield VPN the VPN tunnel stays protected against WebRTC: Internet users can still cover up their real IP-addresses and locations by using the VPN-tool developed by German Software company Steganos.

WebRTC: A threat to the local network and IP-address safety

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) enables real-time communications in certain browsers. Using a simple JavaScript, these browsers allow some services that offer features such as phone calls or video-chats to communicate directly with one another without any plug-in. Thereby, they make requests to STUN servers (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT) which are sent over all available adapters in the computer and make it possible for websites to log users’ local and WAN-IPs. Usually VPNs send all traffic through VPN tunnels. As the ‘normal’ route over the standard gateway is not deleted, if the default setting in the OpenVPN configurations is set, it can be used to make these STUN requests and reveal the real IP-address.

Steganos Online Shield VPN stays in full working order

The VPN-tool of Steganos offers an easy solution to block WebRTC in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox: The real IP-address stays hidden, because the route over the standard gateway during the VPN connection gets deleted. WebRTC-protection can be activated with only one click directly in the software’s settings. As long as the protection in Steganos Online Shield VPN is active, there is no possibility to log the real IP-address via WebRTC.

A test of your own connection can show its vulnerability

Every Internet user can find out if their VPN connection is secure within seconds. Therefore, a visit of the following website is recommended: https://diafygi.github.io/webrtc-ips/

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Update: Steganos Online Shield VPN 1.0.4 (Android)

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

Please to the Google Play store, to get the update. If you have activated automatic updates via Google Play, you should receive the new version soon.

 

  • Android 5 ‘Lollipop’ compatibility
  • New OpenVPN version
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