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by KungFuChe
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: feedback reqest: jitsi, and Ostel.co
Replies: 4
Views: 19481

Re: feedback reqest: jitsi, and Ostel.co

I tested Jitsi a couple years ago, and it kind of sucked in the way that desktop Java apps often do. But I certainly understand the need for a Skype replacement. Skype started out as a decentralized and encrypted service that was designed to protect the user from warrantless mass surveillance. When Microsoft bought the company, they redesigned Skype as a centralized system with surveillance hooks and backdoors built in. What they got in exchange was permission to broadly abuse the U.S. work visa program. Microsoft then fired thousands of domestic employees and replaced them with foreigners who will do the same job for less money.

Skype was basically turned into a trojan horse (much the like the forced updates to Windows 10 that occurred without the users permission.) Even though this thread is old, it is still relevant, because millions of ignorant and careless people are still using Skype. So just for reference, here are some Skype alternatives. I would welcome experience reports about how these other products are being received by non-technical users in a typical office environment.

https://jami.net
https://wire.com
https://tox.chat
https://matrix.org/docs/projects/clients-matrix

> Waiting for coy.im which looks amazing

Coy seems comparable to Ricochet (which are both desktop text messaging products that look pretty good, but are not widely used yet because they do not run on mobile platforms.)
by KungFuChe
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: The CryptoStorm Speed Test Thread
Replies: 78
Views: 187098

Re: The CryptoStorm Speed Test Thread

I noticed the web site and forum overhaul... so the home page now says: "The OpenVPN service provider for the truly paranoid". Well sure, anyone who is not paranoid is not paying attention ... but does this mean that plans to support wireguard have been abandoned? If not, can you give us some hint about your timeline for trials and full scale deployment? Are we talking weeks or months? Just wanted to have some idea of where I should be sending clients who ask about wireguard service.
by KungFuChe
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: member support & tech assistance
Topic: Currently deciding between vpn providers
Replies: 2
Views: 5955

Re: Currently deciding between vpn providers

"Unrestricted P2P/bittorrent is not permitted on the USA & UK VPN locations."

https://www.blackvpn.com/checkout/

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by KungFuChe
Sun May 14, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Why did you allow me to stay? Was my package useful?
Replies: 6
Views: 26667

Re: Why did you allow me to stay? Was my package useful?

KonamiCodeNeeded wrote:My computer is shot. I believe I know who toasted it. regardless. They ruined my computer.
Probable translation:

Third party AntiVirus, Firewall or Bluetooth stack conflicted with CryptoStorm Widget and Microsoft's house-of-cards networking stack came tumbling down.
by KungFuChe
Sun May 14, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers
Replies: 6
Views: 21374

Strange 'lifetime' VPN offers

In various places around the web, I often see these unlimited VPN service offers in the $40 to $80 range. Soon after they expire, new and similar offers take their place. I am not promoting them, I just want to know what the angle is. How can they do this, it sounds incredible... there must be a catch.

https://store.boingboing.net/sales/lifetime-of-purevpn
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/infinity-vpn
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/vpn- ... bscription
https://store.boingboing.net/sales/tige ... cription-3
by KungFuChe
Sun May 14, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: widget v3
Replies: 236
Views: 1117884

Re: widget v3

UPDATE: a cable fault was determined to be the cause of hang at splash screen (need to trap PHY errors)

Also noticed some state corruption related to suspend/resume. Observed the following issues:

- widget appears in tray but connection is not routed through VPN
- widget disappears from tray but VPN connnection still active
- widget crashes on exit request and clearnet connectivity is not restored (but can reconnect to VPN if widget is relaunched)

+ Suggest testing for OS/CPU compatibility

(example: dont install latest TAP driver on XP/POSready, dont install binaries with SSE2 instructions on unsupported CPU)

PS - forum says you can edit your posts but edit button does not appear at the next login
by KungFuChe
Fri May 05, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Several suggestions to improve this service
Replies: 9
Views: 24831

Re: Several suggestions to improve this service

df wrote:Good point. Will look into alternative payment methods soon...
Not sure what other payment methods I want to see yet -- just wanted to clarify the issue here:

There are different kinds of prepaid debit cards: one kind has a fixed value at purchase (like $50 or $100) and the other kind can be loaded or reloaded with any amount you like.

The problem is that many reloadable cards have high fees to spend/recharge/transfer funds. For that reason, some retailers will not sell these cards and the sale of such cards is actually banned in some jurisdictions because the high fees constitute "racketeering." In that case, only the cards in fixed amounts of $50 or $100 may be available. So if you buy a $100 card to get $52 worth of service you must spend the balance some place else. Now from time to time, hackers have found some blocks of prepaid card numbers so if you dont use the card promptly you could lose the balance. It also might compromise privacy if the user puts multiple purchases on the same card. Best security practice is: use the card immediately for just one purpose and then dispose it. So you need to sell service in $50 increments, see? I'm not really asking for other payment methods, I'm saying that a price of $52 will (in some markets) defeat the purpose of using a prepaid card and may result in losing the customer.
As for the instructions, for years I've been pushing for instructions being placed on a dedicated blog/wiki, really anything that doesn't require a forum visit to get on CS.
Many moons ago I wrote an OpenVPN troubleshooting guide for routers and some other dox but I think that belongs in a Wiki since I have seen posts with config files that apply to obsolete versions of the client which really should be removed.
by KungFuChe
Fri May 05, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: cryptostorm in-depth: announcements, how it works, what it is
Topic: widget v3
Replies: 236
Views: 1117884

launch & resume bugs

some good progress is being made on the widget here but i see a major issue on some 32 bit platforms:

client.exe hangs at splash screen with high CPU load
(the initial window with the controls does not appear)
then it constantly retries some I/O read operation - looks like it might involve a call to mswsock.dll (WSPStartup)
this produces a memory leak: client.exe allocates +1 MB every 2 seconds until system halts
nothing related is seen in event log

not really looking for old platform support - just pointing out that v2 was working so if you are going to fail now lets make a clean exit

on other platforms where it works, i see some issues with suspend / resume:
upon resuming client.exe is still running and it appears in tray
- but nothing happens when you click on it (and https://cryptostorm.is/test fails)
so the user must manually test connectivity every time the machine wakes
need some way to fail safe (= no access without VPN)
by KungFuChe
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: general chat, suggestions, industry news
Topic: Several suggestions to improve this service
Replies: 9
Views: 24831

Several suggestions to improve this service

SUBSCRIPTIONS

The price for a 1 year subscription is given as 52 U.S. dollars but many U.S. retail stores only sell prepaid debit cards in $50 or $100 amounts. This means that U.S. customers must purchase a $100 card to get 1 year of service and then go around trying to spend the balance of $48 somewhere else. This is a big nuisance that will drive people to the competition:

I referred some friends to CS and they complained about this. So I think you will sell more subscriptions if you make the 1 year price exactly $50 instead of $52. If you decide to lower the rates in future, just keep the $50 price and extend the time period, or include a secondary account which is capped at something like 3 to 5 MB/s, good enough for mobile roaming.

INSTRUCTIONS

The official router setup instructions should not be stored in the forum: this belongs in a dedicated wiki or help section on the main web site.

FORUM

The forum colors are nauseating, the page headings and message body also have poor contrast. How about changing the color scheme eh! :D