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Monday, December 03, 2018

VyprVPN Becomes the World's First Publicly Audited No Log VPN Service

Big news coming from our sister company, Golden Frog, VyprVPN is the World's First Publicly Audited no-log VPN service. A big congratulations to their team on this major accomplishment! Diamond and Platinum users receiving VyprVPN will now be able to use all the applications with no logging.

What does no-log mean? No-log means that VyprVPN will no longer obtain any data from app use. VyprVPN used to log certain data of users when using their applications, and hold the data for 30 days. This data included:

  • Customer's source IP address (generally the IP address assigned by the customer's ISP)
  • VyprVPN's IP address assigned to the user
  • Connection start and end times
  • Total number of bytes used

This policy had been controversial and pointed out not only by users but also members of the privacy community. Golden Frog took this feedback in and agreed that a change was worth making. In Golden Frog's CEO Sunday Yokubaitis' words: "As our service has matured over the past decade, we have become more experienced with running a global VPN network and the necessity for minimal logging has diminished. We have found better ways to improve performance and defeat fraudsters without needing a user's connection information."

You can read in more detail the blogpost "VyprVPN is the World's First Publicly Audited no-log VPN service" by Sunday Yokubaitis.

Giganews offers VyprVPN to both Platinum and Diamond accounts. VyprVPN provides additional security and privacy to enhance our users' experience. Platinum includes VyprVPN and Diamond comes with VyprVPN Premium. You can find all of VyprVPN's features here.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Giganews Updates Privacy Policy in Response to GDPR

You've probably received numerous correspondence this week in regards to Privacy Policy updates from numerous entities. Those updates were in response to GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation in the EU. GDPR is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals in the European Union. GDPR is designed to protect individuals' information that is collected by private entities over the internet. Breaking these rules can result in fines and sanctions. GDPR went into effect May 25, 2018.

Giganews commits to transparency and privacy that has remained unchanged since the company's inception. Full details of the privacy policy can be found here. As a Giganews user, you have rights to your information and whether or not to allow it, in our system. If you wish to be removed from our systems, please contact us at

Giganews holds your personal data and usage date in the strictest confidence and does not sell or rent that information. Giganews will not release or divulge any member information unless ordered to do so by a court of law.


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Take Back Your Internet with Giganews at SXSW

Giganews is back at SXSW hosting Take Back Your Internet with Golden Frog. Back in 2016, Golden Frog and Giganews discussed governments wanting to backdoor into encrypted communications. This year, the Texas Public Policy Foundation is joining us in hosting our Take Back Your Internet event. Where we will be discussing the current state of the Internet around the world.

Event Details

When: Friday, March 9th, 2018 6 PM
Where: Texas Public Policy Foundation, 901 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Cost: Just RSVP to the event (SXSW badge is NOT required)

Topics of Discussion

What is next after net neutrality?
The FCC recently voted to repeal net neutrality guidelines and was met with extreme pushback from the public. Now that net neutrality provisions are officially gone, it's time to look forward and find a new solution to ensure that Internet users in the United States have access to an open Internet, without restrictions on their speed or access imposed by broadband providers. Golden Frog believes open access is the best solution!

What can we do about the decline of Internet freedoms worldwide?
This year's Freedom on the Net revealed the alarming fact that Internet freedoms continue to decline worldwide for the 7th year in a row. As more countries filter and censor the Internet and block important tools like Usenet and VPNs, it's imperative we fight back and grant Internet users around the world the Internet freedoms they deserve.

Is your personal data your personal property?
Who should retain ownership of your personal data? What rules should companies follow when collecting, saving and even selling this information? We'll discuss privacy implications of all the data being shared online, and the concept of personal data as property.


This year's event features the following panelists, who will tackle the questions above from unique points of view.

Philip Molter, Co-CTO, Golden Frog
Philip drives the technology development and decisions for our products and services, and has over 20 years of experience working with Internet service companies. Philip is responsible for scaling Golden Frog's products and services and designing and implementing new technologies, including VyprVPN's proprietary Chameleon technology.

Drew White, Senior Federal Policy Analyst, TPPF
Drew is the Senior Federal Policy Analyst for the Center for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Most recently, he spent two years in the U.S. Senate as Domestic Policy Advisor for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Prior to that, he worked a variety of issues as a Legislative Strategist at Heritage Action for America. He was a member of the Koch Associate Program, where he helped advance economic freedom and limited government through non-profit engagement with the public.

Rachel Wolbers, Policy Director, Engine
Rachel is currently focused on developing policy priorities and engaging with lawmakers to promote startup interests in Washington. Rachel is a veteran in tech policy, with deep experience in government and the private sector. She recently managed policy advocacy for some of the nation's leading tech companies, and, before that, served as Legal Counsel for Congressman Blake Farenthold.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, CDT
Joseph is the Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring the Internet remains open, innovative and free. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, with a goal of ensuring technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy instruments.

Moderator: Ellen Troxclair, Member, Austin City Council
Ellen is an accomplished businesswoman and an active member of the Austin, Texas community. She currently represents District 8 on the Austin City Council. In her professional career, she manages a successful residential real estate business and is dedicated to making living in Austin affordable. After graduating with a degree in business from the University of Texas, she began a decade-long career in public policy. In her capacity at the State Capitol, she worked with constituents, local municipalities, state agencies and interest groups in researching and developing effective policy on a vast array of issues.

Join Us – RSVP Now!

About TPPF
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach."


Monday, November 20, 2017

Outfox: An Optimized Gaming Network Moves out of Beta

Our Partner, Golden Frog's newest product – Outfox – moved out of beta and was officially released! Outfox is an optimized gaming network that routes your traffic through their network to improve connection stability, decrease lag and lower ping. Outfox increases your speed and improves overall performance while gaming.

You can think of Outfox like "Waze for the internet." Just like roads, network traffic can be congested – but unlike when you are driving your car, your ISP is not motivated to find you the fastest route to where you're going. Instead, ISPs are motivated by costs and often select network paths that deliver the largest volume of traffic for the cheapest price. With Outfox, Golden Frog took a different approach.

Golden Frog capitalized on their knowledge building and running worldwide networks like VyprVPN. Their dedicated DevOps and Network Engineers are constantly monitoring and evaluating the best routes for your traffic to determine the best path, ensuring each gamer can achieve optimal ping, speed and stability.

It's time for all you gamers out there to improve your performance! When you sign up for Outfox you get a free 14-day trial with no credit card information required. Upgrade to a paid account at any time and get Outfox for only $9.95/month. Sign Up For Outfox Now

Outfox Accounts Include

  • Stable and swift connection: Stability and speed enable you to improve your performance while gaming and outperform the competition
  • Worldwide network: Outfox currently has 25 server locations worldwide, with more coming soon
  • Clever application: Including a Fastest Server feature that automatically determines the fastest server for you (even if that's your standard connection), and a Session Graph displaying your metrics when playing the game
  • Game support: Outfox currently supports the following games, with more coming soon: League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, H1Z1, Team Fortress 2, Street Fighter V, World of Tanks, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Siege, Battlefield 1
Our Partner, Golden Frog provides VyprVPN services for our Platinum and Diamond users. Start your 14-day free trial now.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Usenet is the Last Bastion of Internet Freedom

Recent headlines should have anyone that uses the Internet a little concerned. Not just those who are currently being targeting by activists, and Tech companies for hate speech, but anyone who has a belief, a position, or even a stance on an issue someone could find offensive. The social winds in the U.S. have gone through a number of dramatic changes throughout the centuries, but the one thing that has been constant is the protected public discourse for those with opposing opinions. Sadly, that unfettered belief and support of Free Speech appears to be a waning trend in the U.S.

In no way are we advocating for the hate speech being spewed, nor would we ever. However illogical ideas and arguments can only be defeated with logic, and understanding – not censorship or some mob version of public banishment. That kind of solution only happens in authoritarian regimes that do not respect free speech.

For decades the Technology industry has pushed against any legislation that would make them unquestioning censors on behalf of the government. We’ve argued with them – side by side – that we are innovators who create creative space. It is up to law enforcement to determine who has committed a crime. That was true until Charlottesville, when dozens of large Technology companies decided to do their part in censoring the hate spewing perpetrators, along with their sympathizers. Big Tech showed the world that they are more than capable of conducting their own anti-thought, censorship campaign. They proved to every halfwit elected official that we are more than capable of going after anyone they deemed unruly, or disruptive to one’s harmony, or electorate.

The Internet has thrived since its introduction because it has been a place where individuals could connect with one another. They've shared ideas, problems, and solutions, allowing innovation to take its course. We see now, still a bonanza of ideas coming to fruition because of the unchecked space that is the Internet. However, that looks like it may be coming to an end. The origins for using the Internet as a forum for ideas and to connect like-minded individuals started well over a decade before in Usenet Newsgroups.

Usenet started in 1980, and is the precursor to the web browsing Internet we are all familiar with today. It is simply put, a public space where people can communicate through threads. The most notable differences between Usenet groups and the modern Internet is there is no central server, or dedicated administrator. Essentially it has been an all but forgotten free space of thought that has existed for almost 50 years.

Unfortunately people are clamoring for the end of free space to use as a place to discuss, diverge, or support ideas in an attempt to silence their opposition. What they are not considering how this will impact them when the winds of change flow in another direction. They have made it difficult, if not dangerous to have an opinion, but a simple and reliable place to communicate ideas does exist in the form of Usenet newsgroups. So before you go off hiding from self-deputized activists, corporate entities, or even government censors, remember that there is still a place to learn without an invisible hand trying to guide the way.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Golden Frog Introduces Outfox: An Optimized Gaming Network

We're thrilled to announce that our partner Golden Frog has launched a new product - Outfox! Outfox is an optimized gaming network that routes your traffic through Golden Frog's network, which improves connection stability to decrease lag and lower ping. Outfox increases your speed and improves your overall performance while gaming.

To build Outfox, Golden Frog capitalized on the expertise they have building and running their VyprVPN networks. By applying this know-how to the world of gaming, Golden Frog is able to offer an exceptional experience to a whole new set of Internet users - gamers!

Outfox offers the following, with updates being made all the time:
  • Stable and swift connection - stability and speed enable you to improve your performance while gaming and outperform the competition
  • Worldwide network - Outfox currently has 11 servers in their network, with more coming soon
  • Clever application - including a Fastest Server feature that automatically determines the fastest server for you (even if that's your standard connection)
  • Game support - Outfox currently supports the following games, with more coming soon: League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm, H1Z1, Team Fortress 2, Street Fighter V, World of Tanks
  • Experienced team - Decades of network experience allows Golden Frog to create an exceptional product
Are you a gamer? Do you know a gamer? Do you just want to learn more? Visit the Outfox Website and join the beta now - It's FREE!



Tuesday, March 07, 2017

District Court Grants Giganews Motion to Appoint Receiver for Perfect 10

We are excited to announce that the United States District Court for the Central District of California has granted Giganews' motion to appoint a receiver to carry out a levy on all of Perfect 10's intellectual property. The intellectual property includes but is not limited to all domain names, copyrights and trademarks of Perfect 10. The receiver will now begin the process of liquidating the intellectual property. Any proceeds from the sale of the intellectual property will be used to partially satisfy Giganews' $5.6 million attorney's fees judgment against Perfect 10 that was awarded by the same District Court in 2015. This judgment was awarded as part of Giganews' long running litigation with the serial copyright litigant Perfect 10, which originally filed suit against Giganews in April 2011. We won victory after victory over the course of the case, prevailing on every claim and obtaining the attorney's fees award, culminating in a unanimous victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January 2017. That ruling upheld early rulings of three separate federal judges in favor of Giganews.

"We are determined to collect 100% of what is owed to us by Perfect 10 from this cowardly and frivolous lawsuit," said Ron Yokubaitis CEO and Co-Founder of Giganews. "This is a big win for Usenet and for user platforms over the entire open Internet. This ruling will now put a copyright troll out of business and free up the courts from baseless lawsuits."

Any parties that are interested in purchasing any of the intellectual property can contact the receiver David Pasternak (, or Giganews' litigation counsel Andrew Bridges ( with Fenwick & West.