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Friday, March 7th, 2014

What is xCloak? Help come up with a new name!

We’ve had a few users ask us what is xCloak and why a modified version of OpenVPN is required to run it.

Why do you need xCloak?

In certain countries, ISPs or government employ advanced deep packet inspection techniques that will identify VPN traffic and block it. This doesn’t mean they can look inside your VPN traffic but it just means they have identified your traffic as a VPN and lock it down.

xCloak scrambles the packet payload of the VPN connection so that the VPN traffic doesn’t look like VPN traffic anymore! This makes it harder to block and adds another layer of encryption protection over the standard OpenVPN.

Why doesn’t xCloak work in certain countries?

Beyond deep packet inspection, there are other ways to block VPN access. The simplest and possibly the most effective is just identifying our VPN server’s IP and just blacklisting it. There’s not much that can be done in such a case beyond changing the IP of the server. Also such DPI techniques evolve, learn and adapt and if a pattern is detected, then it will be added to their detection lists. Of course we can adapt the xCloak to change its behaviour again but there will be a slight delay between recognizing that the system has been blocked. We therefore have a few choices of xCloak servers that you can use so you have some choice.

What further complicates issues is that different ISPs even within the same country seem to employ different blocking mechanisms so we rely heavily on user feedback to identify problems. Help us help you guys! We do have a test server in some of these restrictive countries to test it out but it seems end users are affected differently than servers within datacenters. So let us know what works (or doesn’t) and we’ll be happy to work together with you and give you account extensions for your help!

New Name for xCloak

The name xCloak isn’t particularly inventive and sounds kinda nerdy. But we’re nerds and haven’t been able to come up with a good name for this. We are open to suggestions on what to rename xCloak to! Let us know in the comments on what you want it to be called!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

DD-WRT and Asus Merlin

DD-WRT has some issues in pushing DNS so we’re recommending Asus-WRT Merlin instead and will be supporting that fully with xCloak.

We will maintain DD-WRT support but it will not be able to connect to the xCloak servers. A modified version of the Asus-WRT Merlin firmwares will be available for download soon.

List of Supported Routers

  • RT-N16
  • RT-N66 (U and R)
  • RT-AC66 (U and R)
  • RT-AC56 (U and R)
  • RT-AC68 (U and R)

They’re all excellent routers in any case :D

Friday, January 18th, 2013

BolehVPN now accepts BitCoin (Trial Run)

WeAcceptBitcoinMany of you asked us on whether we accepted BitCoins.

One of the main problems with BitCoins was that in Malaysia, exchanging BitCoins into Malaysian Ringgit was a very troublesome process and involves massive transactional fees which did not make it viable.

We think we finally found an acceptable solution to this and we’re pleased to accept BitCoins as a trial run and see how it all pans out.

BitCoins main advantage is that it is anonymous which is ideal for those seeking privacy from even payment processors for buying a VPN service.

To encourage use of BitCoins during this trial period, we’ll be giving an extra day free for any account purchased using BitCoin for the month of January 2013. We’ll still have to process Bit Coin payments manually like Liberty Reserve for this time until we see how popular it is :D.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

BolehVPN-GUI for Windows Updated: Login Issue

We have finally identified the login issue which some users were experiencing with our BolehVPN-GUI on Windows.

This version should fix it.

Also in the works (currently programming) is a server status tab. :D

BolehVPN GUI 2.0.13.

Changelog:

Solves login issues with newly installed 64 bit systems

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

New Beta US Servers with Premium Bandwidth up for Testing!

We now have some US servers that we are experimenting with! Our European customers were commenting on how they were not getting ideal speeds from our existing US servers so we have obtained two servers located on the East Coast of the US coupled with premium bandwidth to see how this works out. We’re also testing out some new tweaks in the OS (both servers are running different OSes as a comparison).

Let us know in the comments!

To test the new Beta US servers, go to Settings and Hit Update on the BolehVPN-GUI and connect to BETA-PremiumUSSurfingStreaming. :D

Would appreciate some Speedtest results too with a server in the US especially for those of you located in Europe!


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