New VPN Server in France!!

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New TUVPN server in France!

 

We've done it…with help from a very nice customer! We have a NEW hosting provider in France

We are offering Shared & Dedicated IP services on this new server.

You can access the server immediately using: paris.tuvpn.com 

Alternatively you can reinstall your OpenVPN Client and you will have it in your VPN Server menu. New servers will automatically appear in our L2TP and PPTP client menus.

The Paris Server comes packed with the usual TUVPN Features to provide you with the best VPN experience on the Net!

Please note that P2P file transfers are not supported.

 

We are still researching options in Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, so stay tunned and keep voting!

We tried one hosting provider in Hong Kong, but were not satisfied that it provided the kind of service standards we demand. 

Take a look at the global coverage of our network:  view map

Let us know if we can help with any questions. Enjoy!


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UPDATE – French & Swiss VPN Server News

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Dear All,

We wanted to update you regarding status of our Fench server in Roubaix, and plans to re-launch a server in Switzerland.

France

On the 29th of June, we released a news article on the unavailability of our VPN server in Roubaix. Read more.

We are continuing to follow this up with the reseller, while looking for an alternative solution. We apologise again for this inconvenience.

Switzerland

We are very happy to announce that at the end of this week, TUVPN will be launching a new server in Switzerland.

We will be publishing a news relase to confirm its launch.


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Will the Freedom Box Project Help to Protect Online Privacy?

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Web anonymity and privacy are under threat in many countries of the modern world. To keep them safe, the new Freedom Box project was launched. The main goals of its creators are to protect freedom of expression and users’ private data on Internet. The members of the project are supporters of Free Society and world without censorship.

The Freedom Box project was developed by the Freedom Box Foundation under the direction of Eben Moglen, professor at Columbia Law School and founder of the Software Freedom Law Center. He claims that there are four forces that, when trying to achieve their own goals, are depriving users of online privacy . These forces are governments, content owners, data miners and network operators. Moglen is concerned that the government can start using social networking sites to track people.

And there is evidence that his words may become true. Recently, Facebook launched facial recognition in users’ accounts without prior notification. This fact just confirms that Facebook is likely to be an “automated gathering intelligence agency” as Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, called it. There are also many examples of tough internet censorship in non-democratic countries.

That’s why it is high time to take care of protecting internet privacy. One of the most reliable ways to be protected is to use a VPN connection that can help us maintain privacy and anonymity when surfing the net.


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TUVPN Announces New VPN Pricing!

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With growth comes the ability to pass on economies of scale to our customers!

We are able now to pass on reductions of over 30% on all our pre-paid Shared IP VPN accounts!


* Currency depends on geographic region from which you sign up.

With this pricing revision also come reductions in our Starter Pack.
With your first TUVPN Shared IP account you get a 1 Month VPN service for €3.00 / $5.00 !

And just to improve things a little more, our Money Back Guarantee period has been increased from 3 days to 7 days. The same traffic limit of 1GB still applies.

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NB: Renewals will be invoiced at NEW prices.


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How to Unblock VoIP

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VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and is used for communication worlwide. With the help of VoIP you can stay in touch with your business partners, as well as with your family and friends. VoIP services are extremely popular among people from different countries, because their users can save money. It is cheaper to make calls using VoIP than through a mobile phone.

Nevertheless, there are countries where VoIP services are banned. Among them are United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Belize. And there is a valid reason for it. In many countries, governments run telecommunication companies, and it is obvious that they don’t want to lose the income that they make from international and domestic calls.

In India, it is legal to use VoIP, but it is illegal to have VoIP gateways inside India. In the UAE and Oman, it is illegal to use any form of VoIP, to the extent that  Skype and Gizmo5 websites are blocked. Providing or using VoIP services is illegal in Oman. In the Republic of Korea, only providers registered with the government are authorized to offer VoIP services.

Many people ask on forums how to unblock VoIP calls in their countries.

A lot of users from the countries listed above consider that using VPN services is be the best way to bypass restrictions. Internet restrictions are usually based on the IP address. A VPN connection gives you an opportunity to surf  the Internet anonymously and hides your real IP, so you can browse blocked websites and use banned services including VoIP. A fast VPN is the most suitable if you want to make VoIP calls, because it provides better communication quality.


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How to Choose a VPN Provider?

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Protecting internet privacy and online security are very important for many users all over the world. Many people prefer to use VPN services to stay protected online. The use of VPN is reasonably thought to be one of the most reliable methods that provide you with safe internet browsing. But it is of crucial importance to choose a good VPN service provider, in order to be really protected. Selecting the best VPN is a popular topic on may internet forums where users share their experience of using different virtual private networks. We have collected some tips.

The first thing that should be taken into consideration is web anonymity. Many VPN providers give you pseudonyms, but not actual anonymity. If the company provides you with a unique IP address, it makes you uniquely identifiable because you are the only person using this IP address. Make sure that your VPN provider uses methods like crowding, multiplexing, latency normalization or traffic splitting / mixing, that can actually make you anonymous.

If you want to visit web sites that are restricted in your country, you should check in what countries your VPN provider has gateways. When using a VPN you can 'virtually' be any place in the world if there is a gateway there.

It is very important to make sure that your VPN provider doesn’t run its network on VPS/cloud servers. Cloud is an anti-privacy technology. Using a cloud or virtualized servers means that the traffic control is given up to a datacenter or cloud provider, what results in the VPN provider being weakly protected.

Use the following link to learn more tips: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1872039.

Securing iPad Communications with a VPN

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Some people decide to use iPads for business purposes. Today we are going to talk about protecting your iPad and data by means of a virtual private network (VPN).

You do not need any additional software to setup a VPN connection on your iPad. It supports three kinds of VPNs:

  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP),
  • Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP),
  • Cisco IPSec (that stands for Internet Protocol Security).

The kind of VPN to select depends entirely on the type of the VPN network you're connecting to.

Once you have set up the VPN account, you can connect securely whenever you need to. Open “Settings”, tap VPN, select the configuration you want to use, and tap the VPN on/off switch. Enter a password. A few moments later, you should be connected. An additional icon on the upper left corner of the screen will indicate that you're using a VPN.

The iPad also supports what are known as “SSL VPNs”. This type of connection uses SSL protocols. These are the protocols that Websites use when they want to secure the connection and protect the data from anyone sniffing it. The iPad supports SSL VPNs from Juniper, Cisco, and F5. You need to download clients for those from the App store. You can also create your own custom SSL VPN setup if you wish. Whenever you try to access a site or a resource behind the VPN, the "VPN on demand” starts automatically for you and quits when you're done.


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VPN Providers Reap the Benefit of Web Censorship

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Online social networks may help people to organize, not virtual, but real protests in their countries. “Twitter Revolution” is becoming a new popular expression. Saying it, we immediately remember Moldova's civil unrest in 2009, Iranian election protests of 2009–2010, Tunisian revolution of 2010–2011, Egyptian Revolution of 2011… No wonder that, fearing mass riots, governments of many countries are banning popular social network services. There is web censorship in countries like China, Iran, Egypt and Libya. Many sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, are forbidden.

People who want to visit blocked websites try to find the way to bypass these restrictions. One of the most popular ways among the citizens of these countries is to use a VPN connection to access restricted sites. VPN connection gives people an opportunity to browse the web anonymously, assigning them fake IP addresses. VPN services are extremely widespread, not only amongst local users, but also amongst foreigners. Alex Rico, a Spaniard who lives in China, claims that he uses VPN several times a day to visit Facebook, YouTube and his favorite blogs.

As a result, VPN service providers use internet censorships for their benefit and make money  of it. David Gorodyansky,  founder of a VPN service provider company, explains that  virtual private networks have become a "daily part of people’s lives", because "after sleep, food and water, the next most important thing is information". According to his words, most people access sites like Facebook and Twitter using VPN services in the countries where they are blocked. He estimates the potential market of people who need security and would benefit from a VPN at one billion; an additional 600 million live in regions where web content is censored.


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VPN Performance Tests For Different Ciphers and Key Strengths

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Continuing with the lively discussion on our post about changing current TUVPN.COM cipher and as we promised there, we have performed a number of tests with different ciphers and key strength combinations that should allow us to take a final decision with better judgement and understanding of the results.

So without further delays, here you have the results:

To perform the test, we have used speedtest.net, connecting always to the same server in their network.

First, you have the results without VPN, so we can have a baseline to compare with.

For your information, the test laptop was located in Sweden and the VPN Servers we used for testing were Chicago and Steinsel.

Speedtest without running OpenVPN

TUVPN No OpenVPN speed test

Speedtest Default Cipher (BF-CBC) and Default Key Length (128bit) – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN Blowfish 128 bit Chicago speed test

Speedtest Default Cipher (BF-CBC) and Default Key Length (128bit) – Steinsel VPN Server

TUVPN Blowfish 128 bit Steinsel speed test

Speedtest AES-CBC and 256bit key – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN AES-CBC 256bit Chicago speed test

Speedtest AES-CBC and 256bit key – Steinsel VPN Server

TUVPN AES-CBC 256bit Steinsel speed test

Speedtest BF-CBC and 256bit key – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN BF-CBC 256bit Chicago speed test

Speedtest BF-CBC and 256bit key – Steinsel VPN Server

TUVPN BF-CBC 256bit Steinsel speed test

 

Up to here we have just been playing with cipher and key length. So we have strengthened the data channel of the VPN.

As Timmi's very interesting comments on our last post point, we can also play with control channel security (the one which creates and maintains the VPN connection).

So now we have a new round of tests, playing too with the strength of the control channel encryption and also with the HMAC packet authentication.

For reference in the control channel we are currently using RSA 1024bit (encryption) and SHA-1-160bit (HMAC packet authentication).

Speedtest Default Cipher (BF-128-CBC) and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN BF-CBC 128bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Chicago speed test

Speedtest Default Cipher (BF-128-CBC) and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Steinsel VPN Server
TUVPN BF-CBC 128bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Steinsel speed test
Speedtest AES-CBC-256bit key and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN AES-CBC 256bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Chicago speed test

Speedtest AES-CBC-256bit key and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Steinsel VPN Server

TUVPN AES-CBC 256bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Steinsel speed test

Speedtest BF-CBC-256bit key and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Chicago VPN Server

TUVPN BF-CBC 256bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Chicago speed test

Speedtest BF-CBC-256bit key and RSA 2048bit + SHA-2-512bit – Steinsel VPN Server

TUVPN BF-CBC 256bit RSA 2048bit SHA1 Steinsel speed test

 

Conclusion:

So now WHAT ? :P

First thing: TUVPN VPN servers are REALLY fast ! Well, we already knew that, but here it has been more than proved !

Second thing: Increasing the cipher strength to 256bit, with both AES or Blowfish, doesn't seem to penalise performance much. As expected, current configuration is faster, but not that much faster.

Third thing: Keeping current configuration and strengthening control channel security again doesn't inflict a noticeable damage to performance.

but

Fourth thing: Increasing BOTH data channel and control channel security AFFECTS VPN performance. We see a sustained 20% performance decrease.

 

So, considering that TUVPN's users give a lot of importance to the SPEED of our network, we would not go for a full blown security revamp of the network including both channels.

And, as most users prefer to increase data channel security vs control channel security (agree that many probably  don't know about control channel, but at the end of the day we are here, not only to instruct , but also to listen and act on the wishes of the majority of our users :)), we are willing to go in that direction.

About AES-CBC-256 or BF-CBC-256, we would have a preference for Blowfish as it has been working pretty well up to know, but let's see WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!

Hope something comes out of this, after so much work ! ;)


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