Today we launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and starter website for our new secure email service called SecureMyEmail™. The service will add end-to-end encryption to ANY email address (Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, your personal email, your work email) for the ultimate in private and secure email.
We’ve been working on this for well over two years and are very excited. The crowdfunding will allow us to finish up development and deploy production systems so we can launch to our Indiegogo contributors by late April 2016.
Many more details at the Indiegogo site or current SecureMyEmail™ website or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A HUGE thank you to our current customers for all your support.
TorrentFreak has reported a new security vulnerability that allows website owners to potentially gather the actual IP address of a visitor, even if a VPN is active.
In our testing, if the VPN was connected, we could only force it to reveal the actual IP address when using Windows and using Chrome or Firefox. As the article states, no other browsers seem to be affected, nor Macs. Nevertheless, this is serious stuff and, if you use Chrome or Firefox on Windows, you should immediately perform what seems to be a simple fix to protect yourself.
Chrome users can install Scriptsafe, a free Chrome extension, to fix this.
Firefox users should type “about:config” directly into your URL/Website Address bar and hit enter key. Then, search for “media.peerconnection.enabled” and double click this option to set it to “false.”
That should take care of it!
Whether you’re in South Africa needing some Internet security and privacy from your hotel, coffee shop, or wherever…or, are just in need of a South African IP address….we’re open for business.
Another longish upgrade window tonight at 6pm EDT/UTC-4:00. Expected 60-90 minutes. Pro users using openVPN will be unaffected. We’ll go as fast as we can!!
Maintenance should start promptly at 6PM EDT (UTC-4:00) and may last up to an hour. PPTP/L2TP/IPsec users may not be able to login during the maintenance. openVPN users will be unaffected.
Our monitoring is showing most hosts coming back up as reachable. Hopefully, just “one of those Internet things” and it’s behind us.
Our monitoring appears to have detected what is a MAJOR routing issue to Europe on the Internet backbone. We’re investigating but this appears to be an Internet-wide issue as it affects multiple carrier networks. The result for WiTopia customers, at a minimum, is that a number of our gateways are unreachable, or will be very slow to connect from the US. As you can see from Internet traffic report many hosts are showing 100% packet loss which, in practical terms, is an outage. Again, this affects all Internet users, not just WiTopia users, and we will continue to investigate the source as reports are scarce at this point. Could be a fiber cut, could be a routing issue, etc. Even if some routes exist, they will quickly become congested as the Internet traffic defaults to the open routes.
One of our providers in Los Angeles is having a major outage. Because we plan for such things (we have four separate and distinct data center providers in LA) most customers will be unaffected. If you were issued a static IP address from this provider, you will be unable to connect to this IP address and should try a different gateway close by.