LZ1 got a reaction from User of AirVPN in Kickass Torrents Seized by the FBI ...
I guess their asses got kicked then. So according to this list that means it's Extratorrent next? Haha. Or is this super well-timed for kim dotcoms comeback with TPB. It's really sad that this copyright malaise is spreading.
Good to see you again!
LZ1 got a reaction from OmniNegro in Kickass Torrents Seized by the FBI ...
Although it should also be said that how encryption is implemented and what sort of standards are followed, are equally vital; as they've been the weak points used to undermine encryption . Sort of like it's no use having the worlds best door if the window is open or the keys are hanging from the door knob, etc. etc. Also, the phrase you're looking for is "the heat death of the Universe", not Galaxy. I only care to point this out to you, because I know you're geeky enough to care about such details lmao <3.
LZ1 got a reaction from NaDre in Kickass Torrents Seized by the FBI ...
Well I think that's silly, unless.... You take a look at the media landscape. I don't think it's unreasonable, for instance, to have reservations against how the big media companies act. After all, if this entire copyright issue was an isolated one, then maybe it wouldn't matter. But the fact of the matter is, it affects societies around the world quite a lot, when lobbyists from the Entertainment Industry affect new laws in countries across the world. Leading to, in no particular order, things such as:
Increased surveillance. Both on the internet and off. Meaning it increasingly becomes a human rights issue, as surveillance impacts democracy, which impacts how we live. Increased restrictions on devices which we are supposed to own, because we bought them & when we didn't buy them, we use them; such as the software in all manner of trains, vehicles, powergrids and more. DRM, in other words, which if nothing else, makes "closedness" acceptable and even expected, instead of openness. Increased levels of resources expended by societies to police these things. Meaning that you're diverting likely limited resources away from dangerous crime, to copyright crime. Such as when a guy in Sweden was apparently arrested for running a free Swedish subtitling website, where volunteers could add subtitles for various movies. You'd think this would be in the interest of the rights holders, as it's basically free-localization and thus more people can get word of their movies and perhaps move to buy them. But nope. Increased or potentially increased, levels of corruption; it's very easy to pay off a Politician or some other high-up figure to back the cause of the Entertainment Industry. Decreased ease with which people from all over the world can get access to culture, knowledge & different points of view. After all, soon you might require a login for the web; they'd surely like that. Decreased user-friendliness, such as when DRM becomes so restrictive that pirates have an easier time playing a game than someone who actually bought it. Increased risk for the users. The Sony example is good; Sony shipped CDs which had malware on them, in an attempt to control its property. So I have to say, whether ideologically rooted or not, there's at least some pragmatically-oriented things which become objectively worse, if everyone simply complies with the wishes of the Entertainment Industry and their copyright wishes; at least for everyone else who doesn't happen to be a part of the 10% perhaps. It's not just about movies or songs or games. It's fundamentally more about who has control over how we choose to live. How for instance, can it be, that it's so difficult to get access to hardware which doesn't spy on you or is otherwise closed? Well I'm sure that one of the reasons is that the rights of corporations are valued more than the rights of individuals and societies. So I think while "piracy" gets a lot of attention, the issue is larger still and is just another cog in a larger battle.
LZ1 reacted to catchtheblacksunshine in Looking for a new vpn ...
OH ... well .... hmm. My mistake lol. Giganerd commented about the amount of posts being all over the place during the technical issue a while ago and noted that my opinions on being a network admin were correct, so I assumed me was employed as a moderator. Same with LZ1 by how much he helped out and commented on the creation of all the threads being merged during the technical issue as well.
Mistakes were made
LZ1 reacted to NaDre in Kickass Torrents Seized by the FBI ...
You can add Coinbase to the list companies that provided information when faced with a court order. See paragraph 60 of the "Criminal Complaint" document that you can find here:
The simple reality is that no service provider any of us here use would be likely to refuse to comply with a proper court order, including ANY VPN provider.
If you don't want to read the complaint, this is a good overview:
If you really need privacy for something you are doing, idealism and outrage at people not behaving as you think they should will not help you. It will impair your thinking and assessment of risk.
LZ1 got a reaction from Kepler_452b in EFF & FSF Support? ...
Would AirVPN be interested in supporting the Electronic Frontier Foundation and/or the Free Software Foundation? No specific project or technology as such.
It seems a bit remiss of AirVPN to not support these, in my view .
About The EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.
Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.
Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.
EFF is a donor-funded US 501©(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users.
About The FSF
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.
As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us. The Free Software Foundation exclusively uses free software to perform its work.
The Free Software Foundation is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation—particularly the GNU operating system—and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents.
Why should AirVPN do it? Because:
Both organisations routinely make new technologies available which help to enhance peoples freedoms. Not just software-wise either, but hardware too. Both organisations comply with AirVPNs mission on multiple levels. Many kinds of freedom form the basis of free societies. Free speech, freedom of assembly, etc. So what about free software/privacy? The EFF fights the required legal battles that come before or after new technology or laws that limit, constrict and/or endanger us all in more ways than one. The FSF provides a completely different philosophy/approach to hardware and software; namely that it should be completely free. Not proprietary & closed. Eddie being open helps us all. Support will also mean even more support for software like HTTPS Everywhere, which both the EFF & The Tor Project made. AirVPN already supports The Tor Project, so why not add the EFF? Because the FSF is a hardcore supporter of free software & freedom of software provides a range of benefits for everyone:
As a software developer, free software lets you build and improve on the work of others, as part of a social community — built on the principles of sharing.
As an artist, you can do things with free software that proprietary software does not allow. All free software allows you to use it for any purpose.
As a user, free software removes you from the power struggle of proprietary software, where you are able to help yourself and are not dependent on a single developer or company to help you.
As a student, you can study and modify the software you use, learning from and enhancing the tools that you use for education.
I think it's one thing to support various technical means of opposing state & company control, closedness and censorship, but quite another thing to oppose these things through legal means.
Because while technical tools are great, one could argue that we shouldn't, in an ideal world, even need them. But we do, because various laws force us to, if we want to maintain
a shred of privacy and security. But whether or not these organisations do battle legally, they both still provide a wealth of different tools and technologies which help advance
AirVPNs mission. So in a sense, it's like a package deal !
Even the best VPN in the galaxy won't have much to say in the face of running on a compromised system.
Even the best combination of security practices, software & hardware can come under attack when governments give themselves permission to do things that are illegal & immoral for everyone else to do.
In addition, supporting organisations which fight the necessary legal battles, could perhaps have direct implications for AirVPNs server locations, as Air writes:
Of course there's many parameters to take into account when it comes to server locations; not least cost & infrastructure availability. But I'm sure we can agree that it's easier to set up a server in a
country that doesn't have laws or systems hostile to AirVPNs mission statement; perhaps one of the major reasons we haven't had many Iranian and Mainland Chinese servers, hmm?
For a primer on what the FSF is really about, you can watch this.
Thank you :]
LZ1 got a reaction from 1828 in Can't connect to many servers (NL, SE...) ...
Now now Mr G, it's fine :]. It all got merged into one lovely thread. We sadly can't expect potentially non-technically savvy people to do things in the way we'd prefer it, every time . I'd say it's better they did this than simply immediately ditching the service altogether. Perhaps these same people will be better informed the next time something similar happens and you've hearby contributed to the overall well-being of countless VPNs
LZ1 got a reaction from go558a83nk in 7 hours without connection and still no help from support ...
What caused the deployment failure though? Anything interesting there? I mean the other day we had that freaky issue with the Netherlands servers becoming the most recommended connection point for a whole lot of clients and now this. I assume it's not related, but it's always interesting with a deeper explanation, if any is available. Thank you for your time :].
LZ1 reacted to mehāniskākaravīrs935 in If SSL Stops ISP From Knowing It's a VPN, How Does AirVPN know? ...
All the SSL VPN connection protocol allows you to do is slip through standard network blocks by shielding the OpenVPN headers in your packets and replacing them with SSL headers, also your data is encrypted a second time in SSL format. Any IT shitlord with a grudge is going to know your using a VPN regardless of what ip your connecting to, as it will be the only ip you connect to and it will be a constant stream of encrypted data.
TL;DR: SSL only helps if no one is at their desk actively targeting you, which is good because contrary to popular belief i have found that to be rare. Either VPN blocks are done by settings (blocked ports) or DPI Boxes that look for OpenVPN headers.
LZ1 got a reaction from L K Jay in Can't connect to internet 'OpenVPN not found' ...
Click on the AirVPN logo in the top-left of the Eddie client, then go to Preferences & then the Advanced tab.
Then set both TCP & UDP buffer size entries to 256kb, for faster speeds as well. Also, you can name my post the solution, in the right hand corner, so that it's more convenient for others to find.
You're most welcome and please, if you have any other questions or issues, don't hesitate to post or PM me directly :]
LZ1 reacted to OmniNegro in How Lenovo & MS backdoor your OS ...
My solution works. I have never owned a mobile phone. I will never buy one. I do not leave home except to get groceries, or visit my doctor.
And ultimately, the more they lock the devices down, the more of a market they make for more decent devices.
LZ1 reacted to OmniNegro in [TOXIC WASTE] --- ...
Sorry to hear of your loss cm0s.
I do not think you have done any real harm. If anything, your technical posts are quite worth reading. And you are every bit as welcomed to your opinions as any of us. (Even when we may disagree for whatever reason.)
I agree that comparing AirVPN to other VPNs is a wasted effort. I tried several, and found only horrors of technical idiocy. Once I found AirVPN, I have not even thought to look for any other VPN. And I suspect no-one would once they peruse the options a bit. Hell, the ability to generate custom OpenVPN configs via a menu is amazing at the least. And the integrated DDNS setup makes connectivity a breeze for even those of us who do not understand such things.
But I am preaching to the quire here. You guys already know how great this service is.
LZ1 reacted to UncleHunto in Eddie 2.11beta available ...
@Staff, good to hear about your interest in AirVPN AUR packages If you have any suggestions to improve the packages I maintain (airvpn-bin and airvpn-beta-bin) I would be happy to implement them. In regards to scrolling in the "protocols" window, I unchecked "automatic" and was indeed then able to scroll through the available options. I did a little more experimenting with using the most recent version of mono, and have a a little more info. to report. The specific version of Manjaro I am running, is the 64-bit Cinnamon community edition, BTW. I tried launching the 2.11 beta version of eddie from the command line, using the command "/usr/bin/airvpn" and got the following results:
unclehunto@COMPUTER ~: /usr/bin/airvpn
I 2016.07.19 12:35:58 - Eddie client version: 2.11 / x64, System: Linux, Name: Manjaro Linux \r (\n) (\l) / x64
. 2016.07.19 12:35:58 - Restarting with admin privileges
unclehunto@COMPUTER ~: ;19R
I 2016.07.19 12:35:59 - Eddie client version: 2.11 / x64, System: Linux, Name: Manjaro Linux \r (\n) (\l) / x64
. 2016.07.19 12:35:59 - Restarting with admin privileges
Then nothing, I had to ctrl-C to return to the bash prompt. I tried changing the launch command in the AirVPN menu button from "/usr/bin/airvpn" to "sudo /usr/bin/airvpn". This worked only if I checked "launch in terminal" which would open a terminal where I would have to enter my sudo password, then eddie would launch. The terminal window where I entered my password would of course have to remain open while eddie was running. I was not able to connect, however, because the DNS check always failed, even after I tried all of the available DNS switching methods. The logs did not seem to provide much information as to why the DNS check failed, but I have included the section of the log relevant to the DNS check:
. 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - Starting Management Interface. 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - OpenVPN > Initialization Sequence Completed
I 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - /etc/resolv.conf renamed to /etc/resolv.conf.airvpn as backup
I 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - DNS of the system updated to VPN DNS (Rename method: /etc/resolv.conf generated)
. 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - Shell of 'sh','-c 'route -n -ee'' done sync in 6 ms
I 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - Flushing DNS
. 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - Shell of 'sh','-c '/etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart'' done sync in 5 ms
I 2016.07.19 12:41:45 - Checking route
I 2016.07.19 12:41:48 - Checking DNS
E 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - DNS checking failed.
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - OpenVPN > MANAGEMENT: Client connected from [AF_INET]127.0.0.1:3100
! 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - Disconnecting
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - Management - Send 'signal SIGTERM'
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - OpenVPN > MANAGEMENT: CMD 'signal SIGTERM'
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - OpenVPN > SIGTERM received, sending exit notification to peer
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - OpenVpn Management > >INFO:OpenVPN Management Interface Version 1 -- type 'help' for more info
. 2016.07.19 12:41:49 - OpenVpn Management > SUCCESS: signal SIGTERM thrown
A couple days ago when I was successfully testing out eddie 2.11 (using the old mono version 18.104.22.168) it was working fine for a while, but then after a while the eddie graphical interface completely froze and was unresponsive, although traffic appeared to still be flowing through the connection. I ended up restarting my computer to (ungracefully) shutdown the frozen eddie. Unfortunately I didn't have logging enabled at the time, but I have now reinstalled eddie 2.11 and turned on logging, so I will let it run for a while and see if I have the same problem again, and whether the logs capture any information relevant to said problem.
Keep up the good work!
LZ1 reacted to giganerd in TAP Driver 9.21.0 causing a myriad of issues. ...
After almost five days of testing I have to say, it's way more stable than 9.21.0 or 9.21.1. The problems start for me when multiple torrents are active. We're speaking of more than 30 simultaneously active torrents here.
On its own, it seems to work just fine, but when you additionally decide to do something on the internet, like playing an online game or just surfing while you listen so some radio station or watch some video stream in the background, things get real tricky. The driver loses connection and only a reset of the adapter helps. At least you don't need to reboot anymore, and I can leave my PC online when gone. A heavy use of the internet line is still a bit too much for the driver. I expect more fixes in the future.
I'd recommend 9.21.2 over the other two versions. Those who torrent much are better advised to stay with 9.9.2_3 for now.
For the next AirVPN client, I hope 9.21.2 will make it into the next build as well as the ability to alternatively install 9.9.2. You can't force something that is not guaranteed to work in a critically acclaimed client such as yours.. can you?
Follow this thread to be more or less up-to-date about user reports and further updates.
LZ1 reacted to RidersoftheStorm in Google alert for Newark Traffic ...
Not a botnet on Newark.
AirVPN is blocking Google from tracking you and Google DOES NOT LIKE THAT.
Typical Google trying to find out who you are, where you are actually at.
Google NEEDS that information to design appropriate adware to you.
Shame on you for trying to deny advertising revenue to poor, poor Google!! lol
Try using DuckDuckGo, StartPage or any other search engine that will block, stop or cut down on those captchas.