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. 😀
Would appreciate some Speedtest results too with a server in the US especially for those of you located in Europe!
We are reconfiguring our L2TP server to PPTP connection for support for mobile devices. As such over the next 48 hours there will be some intermittent connectivity with L2TP and US Surfing Streaming as the server is brought down for reinstall and reconfiguration. The US-SurfingStreaming service lies on the same server and therefore will also experience the same intermittent connectivity.
Despite the vulnerabilities of PPTP VPN connections, L2TP seems to be problematic with many mobile devices and PPTP remains the most widely supported VPN protocol in devices. As most users use it primarily to appear from a different location rather than hardcore security, we feel this is an acceptable solution for the intended users of the L2TP server. In any case, it would make the occasional Firesheep/Facebook hacker on a public wi-fi think twice before attempting to break the PPTP VPN. PPTP also has low overhead making it a more responsive protocol.
What is FireSheep?
Firesheep is a new Firefox plugin that makes it easy for someone to hijack your social network connections (for e.g. Facebook/Twitter) over a public unsecured WIFI connection. It does this by ‘sniffing’ for your cookies and captures your authentication information for accounts it sees, allowing the ‘hacker’ to hijack the connection.
What does this Mean to You?
Although this is nothing new, Firesheep makes it exceedingly easy for anyone with a little computer knowledge to hijack someone’s social network account potentially allowing a FireSheep user to view all your information on your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Yelp.
How can BolehVPN Help?
Our completed encrypted fully routed connections will prevent this (BolehRoute/US-SurfingStreaming) as it will encrypt all your data making FireSheep unable to intercept your data. So the next time, you’re surfing through Facebook in a public wi-fi area for instance Starbucks/Coffee Bean, make sure that either
- Your Wi-fi is secured with WEP/WPA protection (WPA2 is preferable); or
- use BolehRoute or US-SurfingStreaming while in these locations.
There will be a short 1 hour maintenance on US-SurfingStreaming to add firewall bypass capability to the US-SurfingStreaming server. This will happen from 10PM-11PM GMT+8 on the 28th October 2010 (today). During this time, you may have difficulties connecting to this configuration until all works have been completed.
Our server configurations have been updated and we have added a Canada-SurfingStreaming server and a TCP443 server (for firewall bypass).
Installation instructions for these configurations have been updated as well.
You can obtain the latest configuration files by:
- Registering for a forum account here (skip this step if you already have a support forum account)
- After activating your forum account, login and apply for Support Access. (only if you haven’t done so))
- Wait for it to be approved. You will receive an e-mail when this has been done.
- Now head on to the BolehVPN Config Files thread while logged on and follow the steps in the first post.