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Should the Proxied configurations be encrypted?

We’ve reached a point where privacy is becoming more and more important and there’s been some customers who have requested for us to implement encryption on the proxied-all configurations. We were previously not in favor of this since we felt that the Fully Routed options served the privacy purpose and that the Proxied configurations retained their speed advantage but removing encryption while maintaining a certain degree of anonymity but are now taking a second look at this policy in view of more intrusive governments/ISPs.

If we implement encryption, speeds on the Proxied servers will drop by about 5-10% due to encryption overhead but in return you’ll get Blowfish 128 bit encryption on your data. This would also require a global configuration change and more resources on our part to keep these servers running.

If we don’t implement encryption, anything that passes through the proxy servers will just be socks5 encapsulated but have no encryption meaning someone who is determined can examine the content of the data passing through.

Thus we would like to hear your thoughts on these before we go about this drastic change.

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0 Comments

  1. ZackleR says:

    I blame SOPA, so i picked yes πŸ˜› even its not related πŸ™‚

  2. Gavin says:

    make it both so we can choose either wan to encrypt or not πŸ™‚ . then let the customers test the difference 1st . πŸ™‚

  3. universe says:

    Isn’t that all traffic will being pass through Fully Routed(If chosen) already being encrypted?

  4. Gavin says:

    @universe now is talking about proxy server .

  5. Daala says:

    Encryption is about security, not privacy!

    No one should be second guessing the need for increased security by adding a layer of encryption to help keep you safe, thinking about this in any other way is foolishness…

  6. James Cameron says:

    @Daala,
    For boleh’s user, security equals privacy. I vote yes to additional security.

  7. Reuben says:

    Some users don’t want security tho πŸ˜› They just want acceleration lol (this holds true for people under ISPs that shape P2P traffic)

  8. uni says:

    May i ask what the meaning of ‘write UDPv4: No buffer space availableβ€˜?Thanks

  9. nazrix says:

    Means no buffer space

  10. tc33 says:

    I’ve long been an advocate for an encrypted proxied connection. I want to work around ISP traffic shaping, but, more importantly, the continual erosion of civil liberties (both online and offline) within the US drives me to demand additional security. I could route all traffic through the VPN using a routed connection; but the proxied option gives me the best of both worlds: I can utilize the full speed of my ISP connection for non-sensitive traffic, but still have the peace of mind associated with an encrypted connection for P2P traffic.

    Thanks for considering this option, I’m hoping it will be implemented soon.

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