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Q3 Updates + Mysterium Network AMA

Product updates - MYSTberry, now available on Raspberry Pi

  • We have plugged in new ways to scale our network and onboard stable nodes. Raspberry Pis can be preloaded with our node software and are fast becoming an important part of our node network infrastructure. They are incredibly stable, fast and most importantly they’re simple to use. Once set up and plugged in, there is no proactive maintenance or monitoring. 
  • Our referral program was also launched, incentivising our node community to spread the word and earn ETH for helping us get this grassroots movement off the ground. Want to earn while launching? Get in touch with sharmini@mysterium.network
  • Our UI has been updated so that nodes can check their up-to-date stats, such as connections, transfer rate and history. This will help Mysterium Node runners optimise towards higher earnings within the network.

Payments

  • We have been deep in our research and development processes, creating the technological framework for our payments system and ensuring our methodology is sound. We have a white paper comparing our approach to other existing level 2 scaling solutions in the Ethereum ecosystem coming out soon. Sign up for our newsletter to see it first.
  • On top of this, we have started developing the payment systems UI. This means that you are now able to gain greater insight into your earnings as a node runner.
  • MYST faucet button on UI/providers
  • ETH-MYST DEX implemented
  • Payments on Mainnet – we understand that this is something largely anticipated by the community and are working hard to reach this milestone. While this is part of our roadmap for Q3, our main priority is onboarding stable nodes into the network to ensure a quality service for our users and upcoming B2B partners.
  • We are also reintroducing the MYST utility token to exchanges in order to provide liquidity for our users. 

Node Engagements

1.  We have established our range of email flows, including:

Basic onboarding & KYC payouts
Bounty and referral performance 
Advanced payouts

2. A monitoring tool and dashboard for nodes has been created, for a friendly UI experience to encourage higher user engagement and help with reducing friction in node onboarding. 

3. We are also consistently working to automate our feedback loop for nodes, providing reporting processes and a self-help support system. 

We have also updated our node bounty payout formula. Nodes can now earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year. We are calculating your bandwidth contributions by an hourly rate of $0.07 p/h, with a minimum payout from $5 per month. Read more about this update here.

Ask Me Anything with Mysterium Network CEO & Founder

Robertas recently sat down with our community for an AMA on Reddit. Below is the list of these questions and answers, including some of the most common FAQs. In full transparency, nothing was held-back. 

Learn what we’re working on and see what the future holds for Mysterium!

1. Question on the Bittrex exchange. Are you going to go back there? Because the coins that remained on it will be sold in large quantities.

We are planning a wider reach, where we will introduce the MYST token to various exchanges by the middle of this quarter. Bitterex will be just one of the exchanges that we approach for listings.

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2. When are the next exchange listings? 

We need to align our relisting of MYST tokens on exchanges with the launch of our payments infrastructure. We expect this development to approach its final stages in this quarter, however it’s impossible to estimate this exactly as it involves R&D, which has an undefined ending.

As such, our exchange listing strategy will be led by our payment system going live on the mainnet. You can follow the development of the payment system on the Mysterium Github.

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3. Is there a token liquidity plan? If so, when will it step into force?

Security token VS. Utility token – MYST is a utility token. Liquidity will be provided once we are listed on various exchanges.

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4. What will you do now to provide MYST availability since there are many exchanges restricted in the US?

As mentioned before, we will be talking to a number of exchanges to distribute our token. Our token is a utility token, and its utility will be fully realised in our custom payment system. We hope that people in the US will be able to use MYST on our platform, as long as US exchanges accept us.

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5. Why does the MYST token get no attention from the team?

The main goal of Mysterium is to develop a product and economic system which allows nodes and users to use MYST to access, or get paid for offering, VPN services. Right now we are focused on growing our global node network and developing a robust payment system to provide the best possible service.

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6. What are you going to do to help improve the price of MYST?

We don’t encourage speculation. MYST is a utility token – its function is to reward participants in our network and help promote the widespread use a circular economy that fights internet censorship.

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7. Why are the team members no longer shown and information about staff not shared? How about getting the whole team back to the site?

You can find our core team here: https://mysterium.network/team/, however, we work with developers and contractors from all around the world who help keep the Mysterium vision alive.

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8. Do you have a marketing plan and how do you spend money on it?

As a company, we are constantly searching for the best way to scale our node program, including investing in the most cost-effective experiments which lead to the onboarding of many new nodes to our MESH. Once we have proof of concept of a stable and sustainable network we will begin investing in wider marketing efforts for the project.

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9. When will you be transparent with finances?

We have over 29 thousand of ETH which is being used to fund our project until we can become sustainable and start generating profitable returns, for both our company and for our users. This is one of the main reasons for our key focus on node acquisition and onboarding. A sustainable network of nodes open up several B2B monetisation models for the project and will help us with bridging the gap between the current web infrastructure and web 3 decentralization fundamentals.

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10. How much money do you have left? How will the project continue to survive?

As above – our project is building toward a sustainable network which solves daily user and B2B problems while also bringing in continuous sales.

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11.Why the lack of communication about the direction of the project?

This question is being asked frequently, but the answer always remains the same: we are shifting our business and product strategies to adapt to market needs. When we first ran the ICO our goal was to go after a consumer market. The market spectrum has changed with multiple decentralized VPN projects emerging and going after different pieces of the VPN market pie. In saying that, the VPN market is huge and there is opportunity for many different solutions for different use cases. Our main focus in on unblocking streaming content, with a specialisation in fat data transfer. To get more frequent updates on our project, run a Mysterium Node, join our node tester telegram group and let us know how we can improve the node experience and strength of our network.

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12. Why is the Google Store rating for the mobile app going down?

We have paused our Android app development as we have pivoted to focus on creating the most stable node network possible. This is important as we are building a marketplace and need a strong and stable supply of nodes to ensure network stickiness for users and B2B partners.

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13. Why is the mobile app source code not available yet as promised a long time ago?

Our mobile app source code is available on Github.You can check it out any time.

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14. Does Mysterium outsource-workers?

Yes. As we shift and move with the newest trends, we hire TOP external team members to move fast and deliver the best results.

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15. Who are the current team members?

We can’t provide information about every team member due to GDPR. This compounded with the fringe nature of our project means that we are extremely cognizant of our team and contributors’ privacy.

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16. What are their roles in a team? Share team photo and office photo to us! So there could have more confidence!

We have various teams and staff working across operations, legal, development, business development, marketing and product. Check out our Instagram channel which was created not so long ago, you will be able to see us there.

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17. Do you have hidden/private git-repositories?

Due to quality control, we do have hidden git-repositories. We always share our newest builds but we don’t want people downloading a product which is not yet fully built or still in development stage.

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18. Why did you add a raspberry REFERRAL link on-site? The ICO fund is out?

The Raspberry Pi referral link is part of our new node pilot and offers the Mysterium community a chance to earn extra money! This is a new program where you can give out your own unique referral code to your friends, and with every stable node in our network with your code. We have taken the link off the site to make the program smaller and test and learn. To get involved, reach out to sharmini@mysterium.network

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19. Understandably product is a priority for Mysterium, but the importance of marketing and community can’t be ignored. If there is no price appreciation – How does mysterium expect initial investors to keep hanging on? I mean even in traditional startups VC expect an appreciation after 2 years of their equity .. Nothing like that is happening with Myst.

Our goal has always to ensure MYST is a fully functional utility token. These tokens simply provide users with a product and/or service. Think of them like gateway tokens. The Mysterium Network is the only place where our token will be used. It’s price is always secondary.

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20. Why the lack of news and updates?

The blockchain market moves quickly and its technological development even more so. We are constantly adapting and readjusting our roadmap to make sure we deliver an exceptional product that is market-ready. We’ve been working hard, but at times we must refocus and start from scratch quickly. This is why we’ve been more quiet than usual lately, as we don’t want to brag about what *could* be done or what is in progress, rather let our product releases speak for themselves . We haven’t forgotten our community – we will spread the news of every milestone that we reach.

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21. Why are you not doing interviews and podcasts?
We are creating educational content [link to YouTube, link to blog] to help our community and node runners better understand our product. We will be more focused on being on podcasts and interviews once we have established clear and sustainable acquisition channels for Mysterium Nodes and can offer a stable service to users who join the network through these efforts.

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22. Why has the activity on social media gone down?

The activity is going to be up soon. Be ready for a boom 🙂

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23. Why did you promise a roadmap months ago and deliver nothing?

We are constantly working to deliver our roadmap goals. We’ve recently dedicated ourselves to R&D as this brings the most value to our development. Building technology from scratch is challenging and requires a lot of learning, trial and error.

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24. Why did you promise a series of partnerships for 2019 and deliver nothing?

2019 isn’t over! We are still focused on these developing these partnerships. This product is huge and every partnership comes with unique requirements where we have to customise our technology to ensure a quality experience for each community. We have an exciting partnership announcement coming up. Sign up for our newsletter to hear it first.

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25. Why doesn’t WireGuard™ work properly?
The WireGuardimplementation was proof of concept, for us to test that we can use other protocols within our dVPN application. As mentioned, we are focused on node acquisition and frictionless onboarding in the short to medium term.

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26. Why no iOS version yet? When?

While there is no Node network to share, there is no need for an IOS mobile app. It was promised before, and we are not shelving this idea, but at the moment an IOS app isn’t part of our immediate strategy, nor does it solve the problems we are facing at the moment.

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27. Why no Linux client yet? When?

There is a Linux client that can be run on docker. At the same time, the Raspberry Pi set up is based on the Linux system, and with its development we will connect the current client to Linux.

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28. Why wasn’t the payment system delivered in Q1 as promised?

Due to our R&D process, we have faced a lot of barriers that led us to start a new payment system from scratch. This is the main reason why are late with our system build. Developing a unique P2P payment system is not an easy job. One of our most experienced payment developers is working every day to create the best payment system which suit our needs. We will not release a half-working payment system, due to hacker breaches and other security measurements (as well as our integrity and reputation).

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29. Why have you not announced how many MYST will be required to run a node yet? When will the token be used for anything?

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Our payment system is already being built, but it is a huge process where we encounter many challenges. Running a node does not require MYST. In the future, prices will be set by individual nodes, and you can choose to buy bandwidth from whichever node you like and accept their offered rate.

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30. When multi-hops?

Much later – first we focus on the network. Multi-hops is an improvement of VPN product, so we want to release the final product first and then work on improvements later.

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31. Why do you ignore your investors and token holders?

No one is ignoring token holders and investors. Please always contact our Community Manager through telegram @germantasjus to ask him for anything.

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32. Robert or team members hold the MYST token?

All team members are given MYST tokens in bonuses, and the founding team still have all of their tokens.

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33. Tell us about the progress that has occurred over the past six months, give us a retro perspective?

Please refer to our product road map (Medium).

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34. Interested in when the product will be launched into mass use? At least in what quarter?

Once we have built the payment network, it requires testing and then ongoing revisions to improve it, I don’t have an answer for when it is going to be used in en masse, but we are launching it soon.

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35. When will be known the cost of connecting to the node for the day?

The price for connecting to a node will be decided by that particular node runner, compared to its bandwidth quality. We will provide an example for calculating appropriate prices for certain nodes, but this will just be a suggested price for Node runners. Prices will be determined by the free market within our network.

Earn $600 per year in ETH for renting your spare bandwidth

Mysterium Node Pilot Update [August 2019]

We have some exciting news about our Bounty Program.

We listened to your feedback and have changed our node criteria.

Starting from today, August 1st, we will no longer have minimum availability requirements for running a node!

Rent your spare bandwidth whenever it suits you, for however long you’d like, and still earn ETH! (And in case you haven’t yet, read our guide to being a Mysterium Node.)

How much can you make? 

By running a Mysterium node you can earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year!

We will calculate your bandwidth contributions by an hourly rate with a minimum payout from $5 per month. (Please note the minimum reserved upload speed for the device is 5 Mbps)

* 0 – 30 days: (0 – 720 hours): $0.07 p/h

Anything under $5 will be transferred to the next month cumulatively and paid out when you reach at least $5.

You can see your stats on our Testnet.

Who can participate?

Bounties are currently available for anyone from the US, UK, Germany, and Italy. We’re working hard to include other countries over the following months. 

Mysterium Referral Program

We’ve also just rolled out a node referral program for the UK, where you can earn even more ETH by introducing new nodes to our network. 

Create your referral code, and reach out directly to sharmini@mysterium.network to find out how you can start onboarding nodes and educating your local community about decentralization.

 

✌️& 💜

Team Mysterium

The definitive guide to being a Mysterium Node

If you’re new to Mysterium Network, welcome! You’ve stumbled upon a new era of the internet. 

Mysterium is one of the many projects pioneering decentralization. We’re building the world’s largest peer to peer bandwidth marketplace to power the Web 3. Together we are rewiring the internet so it’s faster, safer and more accessible for all. 

We’re here to show you how easy it is to do three things: 

  1. Earn cryptocurrency 
  2. Protect your online privacy & security 
  3. Decentralize the internet 

First up - rent your unused bandwidth and earn cryptocurrency.

If you’re reading this article, then you have an internet connection. But did you know that most of the internet you pay for goes to waste, sitting idle or completely unused? By becoming a Mysterium node you can share your spare internet bandwidth with a global community of other nodes, spreading your connection even further. 

What is a node? 

In a peer-to-peer network like Mysterium’s, a node represents a single device, such as your computer, which helps power and maintain that network. Through your node, you can voluntarily contribute your internet or computing resources, such as bandwidth or processing power. You share it directly with the entire network without any kind of official host or authority needed. That’s the beauty of blockchain.

Anyone can easily become a node by doing either of these things:

  1. Buy a Raspberry Pi device preloaded with our node software. Plug it into your router and simply switch it on. 
  2. Download our easy to use node app designed for Mac or Windows.

More detail:

A Raspberry Pi is a small hardware device that functions as your Mysterium node. Your Ethererum wallet address is tied to it, so it’s as simple as plug, play and earn. Read all about them here.

You can run a Raspberry Pi node and earn up to $600 worth of ETH in a year!

And the cherry (or raspberry :p) on top? We’ve just rolled out a node referral program for the UK, so you will be rewarded when you introduce new nodes to our network.

Create your referral code and reach out directly to sharmini@mysterium.network to find out how you can start onboarding nodes and educating your local community about decentralization.

We make it easy to become part of the new token economy. If you want to learn more ways to earn crypto easily, check out our post listing 14 ways to earn cryptocurrency.

Then - enjoy (and power) the world’s first decentralised, free VPN.

As we’ve already discussed, when you become a node, you join and power our network. Our node network is completely run by and for the people. You share your internet resources with a global community and are rewarded with ETH. 

But our node network can do lots of other cool things, like power its own global, free VPN! 

You can either be in node-mode to power the VPN and earn tokens, or be in VPN-mode to use it. With most VPNs, you have to pay for a subscription to use their service. With Mysterium, you get paid for being the service. The app works across multiple devices, so you can unblock websites and stream content from around the world wherever you are, whenever you need. 

Because it’s decentralised, our VPN is far more secure, with no single point of attack or failure. We encrypt your data and use layered protection protocols built to defend both people and organizations. You can browse anonymously, with your identity and IP always hidden, avoiding unethical surveillance and cyberattacks. 

We also whitelist everyone who wants to become nodes or access our VPN network. Whitelisting is where we create a list of IP addresses that we trust to use our domains or service. It’s a security feature that allows us to limit and control access to Mysterium, protecting you and the entire network from bad players. 

And while other VPNs offer online security, in many cases they still can – and do – maintain logs. Because of our decentralized architecture, it’s impossible for us to store your data or log your traffic. Instead, all your traffic is distributed across the entire network, with no single node having the full picture of who you are or what you’re up to.

Now relax - you’re already decentralizing internet.

The best part about being a node is that technically it is YOU fighting online censorship, surveillance and cybercrime. 

For many of us, the internet is a place to freely roam. But many online citizens are trapped behind digital walls, stopping the free flow of ideas, voices and truths. 

Our founder wrote a great piece about the internet before it was hijacked by governments and selfish corporations, and what we can do to reclaim and protect it now.  

As a node, you lend others your digital freedom. You help a global community unblock the internet, safeguarding freedom of speech and anonymous expression online. 

Join the fastest growing community decentralizing and democratising the web, one node at a time. 

Sign up here or download the Web3 revolution. 

Be a part of exciting token economies and earn extra money online.

Decentralizing the world economy.

The internet redefined business forever, replacing brick and mortar with computer screens. But what’s more important is that it formed entirely new economic systems, such as the sharing and gig economies.

Made up of freelancers and temporary workers, the gig economy affords people the freedoms and independence to work in their own way. We can now customise our jobs to fit into our lives, and not the other way around.

The success of sharing economy startups-turned-conglomerates signalled that these community-driven businesses had a much-needed model – one which empowered consumers for the first time.

These sub-economies show us what our global community is capable of when given an internet connection and a platform to share, collaborate and connect with one another. They break apart the traditional professional landscape and opens up new, fluid streams of income.  

Tokens - money of the fourth industrial revolution?

Token economies are the next iteration of finance. Their decentralized systems are designed by and for people, rather than purely commercial profit. For example, with traditional sharing economies, host platforms like Airbnb and Uber take their ‘share’ and turn into conglomerates.

In a decentralized sharing economy, these companies become obsolete; you are the user, the host and the network itself. Token economies can create financial opportunities for everyone, regardless of geography or level of education.

In a token economy, value can easily be digitised and shared. People are incentivised to contribute their time, resources or services through token reward systems. These transparent, secure and community-run systems are built on decentralised networks called blockchains, most commonly the Ethereum blockchain. They enable all kinds of decentralized applications (dApps) to be developed and plugged into them.

Traditional Economy

People pay businesses for goods and services. Revenue and profit flows one way – customer to business.

Sharing & Gig Economy

Businesses or individuals pay people to provide goods and services, but host companies take a cut and you play by their rules.

Token Economy

People rent, share and sell goods and services directly with each other or businesses on their own terms – no fees, no contracts, middlemen.

Here are some token economies which you can be a part of today.

Rent, don’t share

Golem Network

Golem allows the entire internet community to share their computing power through its decentralized network. It combines the power of users’ individual machines, creating one giant supercomputer. Anyone can tap into and utilise it for all sorts of power-intensive needs, such as rendering high-quality film. You receive tokens in exchange for contributing your own computing power.

Mysterium Network

Just like Golem, Mysterium has created an entire network which enables anyone to contribute their resources and receive tokens in exchange. In this case, users can buy a Rasberry Pi preloaded with a node and power the network. It’s as simple as plug, play and earn. Switch it on to start sharing your unused bandwidth (internet connection) while you work or sleep. Even better, users will be rewarded for each successful node they introduce to the network through their referral program.

Origin Protocol

Origin allows anyone to build their own decentralized marketplace. You can create and manage listings for all kinds of assets and services. Buyers and sellers use the platform to discover each other, browse listings, make bookings and even leave ratings and reviews.

Predict the future

Augur

Augur is a prediction markets platform which harnesses the power of the crowds. It allows anyone, anywhere, to create or participate in markets and bet on real-world events, such as elections or the weather forecast. For example, you can “turn your political knowledge into predictive power” by waging on the outcome of upcoming elections and other political events. You can bet on any event worldwide for no sign-up, no deposits or limits and near-zero fees. Prediction markets are not just for gambling – they create more accurate prediction tools.

Work for tokens

Earn

Earn bitcoin by replying to emails and completing tasks. You can set up a free professional profile and then join curated lists based on your skills and interests. You can receive paid messages from recruiters, startups, and researchers.

You can also get paid to learn about new projects within the cryptocurrency space, helping startups to build their communities, get feedback on whitepapers or airdrop tokens.

 

Bounty0x

Similar to Earn, Bounty0x is a crypto bounty hunting platform. You can receive cryptocurrency and tokens by completing simple marketing, software development and creative tasks. This includes content creation, graphic design, filling out surveys, translating services, programming and video animation. They currently offer six different cryptocurrencies as a form of payment, as well as ERC20 utility tokens. They will soon be adding security tokens.

 

BULVRD

Earn tokens while you drive. With BULVRD, you help build and maintain a global mapping and road reporting network. Use the app while you drive and help report road incidents like traffic and hazards. You earn on the drives you’re already making and can use their Augmented Reality experience to earn even more.

 

Bounties Network

The Bounties Network aims to change the way we collaborate, solving the core problems individuals face when working and transacting with each other across the globe.

It lets you create projects, collaborate and get paid for doing work in any domain – from freelancing to grassroots social action, research, content translation, or video production.

Use their Explorer to search through a global market of projects and talent. You can easily create or fulfill tasks, transacting in any Ethereum-based token with automated payments.

 

Open Bazaar

OpenBazaar provides everyone with the ability to buy and sell through their direct peer to peer app. You can create a store and sell whatever you’d like – your music, clothing, art. You get paid in cryptocurrency and as there are no middlemen, there are no fees and no restrictions.

Let your content work for you

Steemit

Steemit rewards its users for making and sharing content on their platform. You can monetise your content, receiving tokens based on the popularity of your posts. Users upvote or downvote what you share, incentivising a higher quality. It aims to redefine social media by building a social or ‘attention’ economy, where users receive tokens for sharing their voice, as opposed to current social media platforms where users get nothing. It has already paid out $59,595,935 worth of native STM tokens.

 

Publish0x

A “crypto powered blogging platform” with a point of difference – readers and sharers, not just writers, can also earn. This publishing platform is crypto agnostic, meaning you can accept whichever cryptocurrency you like, not just a native token. Tips are given to you by the platform. You then read articles and split your tip with authors. Ambassadors can also crypto by sharing great articles with others.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Amongst the more exciting and promising use cases for blockchain is the opportunity to redefine traditional finance. Loan, borrow, trade, earn interest – all in cryptocurrency and tokens.

Compound Finance

Compound is a transparent, autonomous money market. It enables anyone to earn interest by lending their Ethereum assets to other users. You can also borrow assets, for any length of time – even as short as one blockchain block (roughly ten minutes)! There are no requirements for how long an asset must be supplied or borrowed. Interest accumulates every block, so you’re free to withdraw or repay your loan at any time.

 

MakerDAO

Maker is creating economic opportunity for everyone. It is one of the leading projects in the blockchain community and is known for pioneering transparent and sustainable finance. Its open platform allows equal access to high-quality financial services, including fair credit for everyone. They also provide a decentralized stablecoin, collateral loans, and community governance. They will help you understand everything you need to know.

 

Dharma

Once you’ve made all your tokens, you can easily grow your crypto holdings to make your money go further. Instead of letting your tokens sit in a wallet or on an exchange (you should never let it sit in an exchange, for security reasons), you can lend your crypto and earn up to 11% interest APR. Or if you want to borrow crypto, you can get some in minutes – no credit checks required. Dharma doesn’t actually touch your crypto, it just gives you the platform to loan or borrow it.

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Token economies are already creating a global workforce that is as diverse and varied as internet users themselves. You can easily be a part of them yourself.

Learn more about Mysterium’s node pilot built for Windows, Mac and Raspberry Pi.

What is the Mysterium Node Pilot?

Through our Mysterium Node Pilot, we invite and incentivise a global community to help us with testing a product that needs to operate in a home environment (hence multiple edge cases).

This R&D initiative will help us with rigorous feedback loops and fixing bugs as we go to market with our Raspberry Pi, Mac and Windows products.

What we are trying to achieve

Managing Expectations — Only nodes directly contacted by Mysterium to join our pilot will earn.

Simply signing up for the Node Pilot does not guarantee any earnings.

We have specific criteria which you must meet in order to be accepted into the pilot program. This criterion may evolve depending on how the product and business are performing due to market inputs or technological challenges.

We are selecting nodes for our closed pilot based on their prior performance within the network, so we encourage you to run a stable node and wait to hear from us.

By taking part in the Mysterium Node Pilot you will become one of the pioneers of web 3. You will also be first in line for paid traffic as we onboard B2B partners and bring income into the network.

Current Terms for Node Pilot

The Mysterium Node Pilot helps us with testing our software within home environments. One of our goals as an organisation is to build a global network of residential IPs.

The next step for us is to test how our nodes work in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Italy. These are high-value nodes for entertainment and unblocking purposes, a use case that we are focusing on.

With this in mind, we’re making some refinements to the terms of our Node Pilot.

How much can you earn?

By running a Mysterium node you can earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year!

We will calculate your bandwidth contributions by an hourly rate with a minimum payout from $5 per month. (Please note the minimum reserved upload speed for the device is 5 Mbps)

* 0 – 30 days: (0 – 720 hours): $0.07 p/h

Anything under $5 will be transferred to the next month cumulatively and paid out when you reach at least $5.

You can see your stats on our Testnet.

Are you in the US, UK or Canada? Run a Mysterium Node on Raspberry Pi.

 

Referral Program

We’ve also just rolled out a node referral program for the UK, where you can earn even more ETH by introducing new nodes to our network.

Create your referral code, and reach out directly to sharmini@mysterium.network to find out how you can start onboarding nodes and educating your local community about decentralization.


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Please join the Telegram groups most relevant to you and engage with our team. We want to hear from you.

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Español / Spanish — https://t.me/mysterium_network_espanol

And finally, if you’d like to see more of these types of updates give us some claps and let us know.

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What happened to the Internet?

In its very early days, the Internet was decentralized. It was a public place where computers spoke to each other directly. Anyone could build upon open protocols that were governed by a small community of users — just like Mysterium Network (sign up for our closed node runner pilot).

This accessibility invited companies to contribute, to experiment, and develop fast. Direct peer to peer file sharing was born during this time, in the late 90s. The first Internet businesses began to emerge, and they soon abandoned the open protocol design in place of their own centralized alternatives.

The Internet today is now governed by a handful of these businesses. Tech empires — Google, Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook — with their privately owned servers and infrastructure power the web for everyone. With this power comes unchallenged and uncapped control. If the Internet were a nation state, it would not be a democracy.

“If the Internet were a nation state, it would not be a democracy.”

While they operate mostly in the online domain, the decisions and actions of these tech giants affect our privacy, security, our access to information and to each other. Their carefully programmed algorithms design our world view, and most of our news is filtered through very few platforms. We can only trust that Google will act ethically as a gatekeeper to the world’s information. Facebook has already betrayed our trust, yet we continue to log in each day without any reasonable alternative. The internet, which is “owned” by no one, has been monopolised.

Governments and their agencies have attempted to exert some sort of influence and keep these companies in check. Legislations like the GDPR are meant to protect us, but the laws which govern the privacy of our personal data have largely benefited corporate needs.

“We pay Internet Service Providers to get us online, yet they continue to sabotage our privacy in exchange for greater returns.”

The trouble with centralisation

The flaws with a centralised internet are deeply embedded within its infrastructure:

  1. Servers are vulnerable to hacks or network failure
  2. Our personal data is readily available for advertisers
  3. Content is blocked or censored against our will.

“We have normalised the trading of our privacy in exchange for convenient services”

We pay Internet Service Providers to get us online, yet they continue to sabotage our privacy in exchange for greater returns. Your every email, purchase, google search, upload and friend request is translated into data that is collected and stored in their centralised servers. All this personal information is monetised without your knowledge, your online habits and movements sold to advertisers and businesses who thrive off our profiles. Just this week, Bloomberg reported that businesses can buy information about our locations and movements with ease.

These servers are regularly hacked and sensitive data leaked, often without real consequence. In 2018 alone, over one billion people were victim to these data breaches. You may have been affected without knowing (but you can check using certain tools, including this one).

What’s more concerning is the ease with which governments can access this same information. Tech companies allow the NSA to access their servers and collect data through formalised arrangements. The UK’s Snoopers Charter grants the government the right to legally monitor the internet usage of its citizens.

We have normalised the trading of our privacy in exchange for convenient services, forgetting that it is a basic human right. The UN urges the protection of our privacy and anonymity online to evade the grasp of “broad and intrusive government surveillance.”

Part of the Charter of Human Rights is the fundamental right of freedom of expression, which encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Yet many jurisdictions around the world confine their citizens within digital walls, inhibiting the free flow of truths and voices. This online censorship erodes democracy and equality in the real world.

The Web3 revolution starts with you

We’re now entering a new era of the internet, one which honours its original, decentralised roots.

“To decentralise the internet is to democratise it”

New technology offers us an opportunity to re-engineer the foundations of the web today; it withdraws commercial influence and government control, distributing this power among users instead. To decentralise the internet is to democratise it — to break apart the infrastructure of a corporately managed internet, and assign this responsibility to us.

Blockchain has already begun facilitating this through its democratic and self-governing architecture. Instead of centralised servers, we can create peer to peer systems which allow people, not business, to securely store and share information online.

Anyone can be a part of this decentralised system. Your computer becomes a node, acting as a miniature server. This means it can help power the entire network by directly sharing its excess resources, such as bandwidth or processing power. We can do this without any kind of official host or authority at all — and be paid for it. The bigger this distributed network grows, the stronger and faster it becomes, and a bandwidth marketplace can flourish.

An internet powered by people is the next stage of its technological and social evolution. An ambitious few have already started to jumpstart this transformation. The creator and “father” of the Internet himself, Tim Berners-Lee, is now the co-lead of the Decentralized Information Group at MIT, working to reverse the trend of centralisation and restore “net neutrality”.

“An internet powered by people is the next stage of its technological and social evolution.”

Momentum is building. Countless other entrepreneurial teams around the world are building the decentralised applications (dApps) and open-source tools which will empower a global community of users to govern and sustain the internet.

What can a node network “do”? A dVPN use case

A strong node network can solve the failings of our centralised internet. One of its many real-world applications is in being the foundation of a strong, community-run VPN.

Think of a VPN as a failsafe against the various threats which undermine an open and democratic internet. It allows you to connect to servers located around the world, hiding your IP address and identity — a technological remedy for censorship, surveillance and firewalls. It can unblock content and allows you to roam freely online.

Yet common VPNs utilise servers that are centrally owned and run by businesses, and they can store logs of all your traffic without anyone knowing. You have to trust that they won’t do anything with this data, nor that they’ll hand it over to authorities if asked to. While some of your data may be encrypted, lots of it can still be revealed.

We can instead leverage decentralised networks so that your encrypted data is sharded into separate pieces and filtered in an unrecognisable form through a distributed node network — without the possibility of being traced or censored. A single node will never be able to identify you or your online activities, nor can authorities and third parties.

In its decentralised form, a VPN pays people (nodes) for providing the service. And as with a decentralised internet, a decentralised VPN has no single point of failure or attack, making it more robust than centralised options. It creates a secure and accessible online space, enhances user privacy in the truest sense, and is strengthened by the mutual trust and shared interests of a global community looking out for each other.

Become a Mysterium Node Runner

https://mysterium.network/node/

Decentralisation still has a way to go. It may take decades for the internet to migrate onto a P2P network, but we are already crafting the tools to make it a reality. We can rewire the internet so that it becomes a public domain once again — a space for new ideas, collaboration and connection.

This is just the beginning. You can help us democratise the web, one node at a time.

Join our node pilot by downloading our node for Windows, Mac and Raspberry Pi.

Golang — C++ interoperability

The reincarnation of OpenVPN’s C++ library

At Mysterium Network we are working on the world’s 1st decentralized VPN. Our project is built on Golang (Go). Go is a statically compiled language, which offers a rich standard library. Go is syntactically similar to C but comes out as the winner when it comes to memory safety, garbage collection, structural typing, and CSP style concurrency.

There are many libraries written in C or C++. When you wish to use these libraries within Golang, there are two approaches:

Rewrite the library in Golang

Several projects have gone down this road. Wireguard® has done this, check out some of their libraries.

Reuse the code in a way that Golang can call it.

There are other tools that can help with calling java or objective C code into Golang, but everything goes through an intermediary. At a fundamental level, there is interoperability between C and Golang.

In this article, we will be talking about integrating C++ OpenVPN 3 library into a Golang Mysterium Node.

As mentioned above, we are using OpenVPN under the hood. This was our first protocol and it was used as an external binary (executable file).

This basically means that a Mysterium Node and OpenVPN are two different processes which communicate using OpenVPN config and IPC (local sockets to be exact).

Now, this has some limitations — for example, software distribution becomes complicated as you also need to distribute OpenVPN binary with each Mysterium Node — two steps, never great for UX.

It was workable for a proof of concept or very early versions, but as we moved to mobile platforms, this approach became very complicated or even not feasible — especially when considering iOS.

To solve this challenge, we decided to find a way to integrate OpenVPN into our Golang project directly. Also, we decided that this package could be useful for others, that’s how this library was born.

Openvpn3 to the rescue.

Openvpn3 is the official library maintained by OpenVPN team and is being used in almost all platforms as client or connector to OpenVPN server. Also, it’s written in C++ which came with some obstacles we needed to solve.

Golang and C++ don’t get along

Our first obstacle was that C++ code cannot be directly called by Golang (Cgo to be exact).
We needed to make small changes to the OpenVPN library itself to export OpenVPN Client as C callable code. This can be found here, and it’s basically a go compatible entry point to the OpenVPN library.

Then there is how Golang treats C code itself (cgo).
The problem was that Golang and it’s package management systems expect that all libraries are source files (i.e. there is no or very limited binary package management). And OpenVPN3 library build process was very over complicated and not easily expressed in a Go way.

So our decision was to compile that library in advance for all platforms we currently support or produce binaries for (arm family (android ios), amd64 family (Windows, Linux, some simulators). As we use Linux for our automatic build system, we had to set up all compilers and SDKs in one place — but that’s for another blog post. Sign up to our newsletter to hear more about what we’re building.

Our heavily patched docker image is heavily borrowed from Karalabe. The result was a single header file (very simple) and a bunch of static libraries for each platform/OS we needed.

We also had to ensure that these binaries were Go gettable (the go way to fetch a library from GitHub).
We simply committed those libraries to Go repo along with all supporting Go code (which is available at mysterium.network/go-openvpn/openvpn3). Not the best way to distribute the software, but our target was a go gettable library.

Now the easy part 😏 — to call Openvpn3 functions from Go.

It’s quite easy doable. The following examples are simple calls of C functions exported by OpenVPN library (our C wrapper):

And here come problems:

  1. First of all, strict rules as to what can and cannot be passed to C code and vice versa, for example — you cannot pass go function reference to C code.
  2. The openvpn3 client also depends heavily on callback functions. One way to approach this was to use only static functions for callbacks. However, this would have limited the flexibility and usability of the library.
    A hybrid solution was to define customisable callback functions in Go and register them in a map with function ids. Static functions in the OpenVPN3 client would then dispatch respective callbacks to registered functions with corresponding ids.
    Here is how it works (let’s take state event callback function as an example):

User defines normal go structures with methods, which satisfies interfaces expected by callback registry:

Structure is passed to callback registry which is essentially global id -> callback map:

What happens next, callbacks registry inserts user provided structure with methods, and creates a C structure, ready to be passed to C code, but instead of passing go function reference to C code, it passes id which is simply key to callback map and an exported go function (with special comment).

When C code wants to inform user of state changes, it calls static go function and one of the parameters is id. That id is then passed to callback registry to find and call apprioprate user defined callback.

It compiled. At least the Go part — that means that C code is reachable, and all headers are ok.

Most of the dragons started rearing their heads when it came to linking the Go packages with OpenVPN static libraries.

The biggest issue was that — the library was built with C++ compiler, but golang cgo used C compiler by default. As a result, all weird and ugly errors began to raise at the linking stage. So if you see similar errors as in example — you are not alone:

After hours of stack overflow exploration, a simple workaround was to put a empty .cpp file inside the package which uses “C” imports. That way cgo was tricked into using the c++ linker which already had c++ library by default.

There are several other issues we faced but that again is for another blog post. Stay tuned.

In conclusion

When using new technologies like Golang you have to sometimes go off-chain to find solutions that will help you use existing libraries so that you don’t have to start everything from scratch. However, as most solutions in IT, it’s not a silver bullet.

Key takeaways

  • Precompiled libraries on their own poses security risk — potential library users cannot be sure what is exactly compiled in, as there is no code to review
  • Each OS and architecture combination has to have a separate version of the same library
  • iOS framework problem — iOS framework lib (provided by gomobile tool) is a static library itself. So any other dependencies are linked but not combined into the framework — need to do it as a separate step
  • It’s simply not a go way — golang usually expects all source needed for the package, to be in one place.

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Mysterium Network 2018 round up and Q4 updates

Happy New Year from Team Mysterium!

It’s time for a quick update from our team to round up 2018, and our last quarter. It’s been busy, and we’re excited to share some of the milestones that the project has reached.

First things first, here are some fun facts from 2018:

A quick snapshot from: https://testnet.mysterium.network/
  • Over +6,000 unique users used Mysterium Network
  • This made for over +28907 successful sessions — with more than 10.82TB transferred across our network, and average session times of 5 hours and 32 minutes.
  • Our last quarter accounted for over 70% of unique users & successful connections
  • We launched MysteriumVPN app on desktop and mobile. Download MysteriumVPN for Windows, Mac and Android.
  • MysteriumVPN Android app has over 1000 installs with an average of ~50% conversion rate and a 4.3 rating on GooglePlay since our launch on the 19th of December 2018.
  • Launched Mysterium Wallet on Testnet, more on that below.

Now to get a little more granular as to what we’ve been up to in the last three months:

Mysterium API updates

Completed mobile API for OpenVPN

We are using OpenVPN under the hood. This was the first protocol — external binary (executable file). We didn’t see any problems until we started building for mobile.

This is because you are very restricted as to what you can run as an external process in mobile. This is due to operating system limitations. So we decided we needed to use OpenVPN, not as an external process but by having it embedded into our nodes.

Mobile API for Wireguard®

WireGuard brings cutting-edge cryptography to the MysteriumVPN. Running inside the Linux Kernel, it aims to be faster, simpler and leaner than IPsec. It also intends to perform much faster than OpenVPN. Our Mobile API for Wireguard means that this protocol will available on MysteriumVPN on Android and iOS (coming soon).

Node filtering using node connections statistics

We are now able to analyse successful / failed connections and depending on this ratio we decide on the priority by which to suggest nodes for clients. While node filtering hasn’t been implemented yet, what we have done is improve the visibility of stable nodes by showing at the top of the available list on MysteriumVPN, thereby ensuring better service for all our users.

Other Improvements

  • OpenVPN connection stability improvements
  • OpenVPN re-connect call used for mobile migration between 4G and Wifi networks
  • Code refactoring to accommodate pluggable node services

Mysterium VPN updates

Launched MysteriumVPN on Android.

We’re really excited to have launched MysteriumVPN for Android and are powering towards our iOS release. We’d love your feedback on the product. Please download and give us feedback on our dedicated alpha testing telegram channel.

Check out some of the reviews we’ve had so far:

And here’s some of the press we had from this initiative. We’re excited to see so much support for our project!

https://www.cryptoninjas.net/2018/12/19/blockchain-powered-vpn-project-mysterium-network-launches-app-for-android/

https://bitrss.com/news/117440/mysterium-vpn-app-launches-on-google-play

Deployed Mysterium Wallet on Testnet

The long-awaited Mysterium Wallet is finally here. Check out detailed instructions on how you can register your Mysterium ID using our wallet here. Please note — currently registering identity works on Ethereum Ropsten Testnet only. Test it, and let us know what you think!

Deployed Mysterium ID

Mysterium ID has been deployed internally. To get into more detail check out our dedicated post about how Mysterium ID will work within Mysterium Network.


Marketing updates

YouTube Interview:

Mysterium Network Founder Robertas Visinskis — Cryptocurrency Virtual Summit YouTube interview: “Anonymity and privacy are not the same thing”.

 

 

Tech Podcast

Mysterium Network Founder Robert Visinskis talks about restoring our privacy with the first decentralized VPN blockchain project.
https://techblogwriter.co.uk/mysterium-network/


Events and conferences we’ve been at:

Hard Fork Decentralized 2018

Mysterium Network Business Development Lead Andra attended Hard Fork Decentralized 2018 conference in London to discuss privacy, security and decentralization.

https://thenextweb.com/conference/

ETHSingapore: ASEAN’s 1st Ethereum Hackathon

Mysterium Head of Marketing Sharmini was present in ETHSingapore: ASEAN’s 1st Ethereum Hackathon with prominent crypto industry members like Vitalik Buterin in attendance.

https://ethsingapore.co/

Black Hat Europe 2018

Mysterium Business Development Lead Andra was present in Black Hat Europe 2018 in London. Mysterium was looking for synergies with other cybersecurity companies at the event. Black Hat provides attendees with the very latest in research, development, and trends in Information Security.

https://www.blackhat.com/eu-18/

Mysterium Business Development Lead Andra (left) networking with OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) at Black Hat Europe 2018.

BlockShow Asia 2018

Mysterium Head of Marketing Sharmini participated in BlockShow Asia 2018 in Singapore.

100+ Speakers. 2000+ Attendees. 76% Senior management. 200+ Journalists. 50+ Countries. Entrepreneurs, investors, talents, developers, startups — all in one place. BlockShow is a major international event for showcasing established blockchain solutions.

Blockshow was a great opportunity to understand the way Asian blockchain works. It was great to speak with and find ways to collaborate with companies across the world. — Sharmini

https://blockshow.com/

During our time at these conferences and in reaching out to the wider community we’ve begun identifying the partners whose values align with ours and we have a series of partnerships lined up for 2019.

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements.


That’s all for now, we’re gonna keep on focusing on the future we’re here to #buidl

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MysteriumVPN app for mobile Android now available

Mysterium Network is a fast and scalable transport security layer. Mysterium is reinventing privacy, starting with decentralizing VPN on blockchain which means that our architecture can’t actually keep logs of your traffic. Instead, your traffic data is distributed across the network with no single node having complete access to who you are and what you are doing. We have been open source from day one. Everything is transparent. You can check our source code and even contribute.

As we continue our mission to create a distributed, trust-less and sustainable network providing open access and privacy to all Internet users; our MysteriumVPN app is now available for mobile Android phones on the Google Play store. Anyone will be able to participate in the world’s first decentralized blockchain VPN network from the convenience of their Android phones and compatible devices. You can download the app and use for free during our alpha testing (also available for Windows and macOS desktop versions). Help us build, improve and continue to reinvent privacy, security and freedom on the Internet by providing your feedback.

The app is built with P2P architecture with focus on highest privacy and anonymity using powerful AES-256 encryption, reputation mechanisms, and layered protection protocols. MysteriumVPN secures your data communication channel by utilizing highest-grade AES-256 encryption with SHA384 cryptographic hashing.

MysteriumVPN app for mobile Android

The MysteriumVPN mobile app uses the OpenVPN protocol. OpenVPN is a open-source commercial software that implements virtual private network techniques to create secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. Future versions of the MysteriumVPN app will also integrate the WireGuard ® protocol as well.

MysteriumVPN node country Search

The first version of the app for Android will include basic functionality that will allow browsing through and connection to the list of available node countries in the decentralized network TestNet. You can also help provide a secure connection to those in need by hosting your own VPN node. You will be able to see your current IP address and connection status at the top of the screen. The bottom part of the screen shows connectivity statistics like session time duration and amount of traffic received and sent. Other functionality includes a Favorites feature (by marking the star icon) so that you can save your preferred connections for quick and easy access.

MysteriumVPN connected

Quick Access screen shortcut

The MysteriumVPN quick access screen shortcut is available at the top of the mobile phone screen in the Notifications area.

MysteriumVPN quick access screen shortcut

Quick Access screen

You can quickly and easily DISCONNECT your current VPN session in the quick access screen. Session statistics can also be conveniently seen here for monitoring.

MysteriumVPN quick access screen

Feedback form

Selecting the ? question mark icon at the top left of the main app screen opens the Feedback form. Select desired Feedback type (Bug, Connectivity issues, Positive feedback), enter Message and click on the SEND FEEDBACK button to help our team with the development process by providing us with valuable data.

MysteriumVPN Feedback form

You can also help by providing your feedback and interacting with our community. You can join our MysteriumVPN Telegram Testing group for support and communicating with our team to share your experience and thoughts.

The open source code for the mobile app will be available in our GitHub. For iPhone and iOS users we will have that version of the app available in Q1 of 2019. Additional future developments include advanced filtering for improved node country selection. We also have payment flows such as top up your identity, withdraw from your identity and micro-payments for bandwidth coming soon.

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A look under the hood of a decentralised VPN Application.

MysteriumVPN is the client application of Mysterium Network, a project focused on providing security and privacy to web 3 applications.

In this article, we will discuss the architecture of MysteriumVPN and how it integrates with Mysterium Node to ensure an encrypted end to end flow of data through Mysterium Network.

Cross-platform architecture

Usually, you need separate builds for each platform. Now that cross-platform technology has improved, this is no longer the case.

For desktop:

Electron is a framework which allows us to build cross-platform applications using common web technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. We are using Electron which allows us to develop one application for two platforms for desktop — Windows and Mac OS. Linux coming soon. Download our alpha.

Under the hood of an Electron application, sits a Chromium browser; A website, rendered by an embedded browser.

For mobile:

We are kicking off our mobile development for MysteriumVPN, with Android versions set to release shortly.

For this, we are using React Native for cross-platform applications.

Most of MysteriumVPN is written in Javascript, which is run in a separate process. Javascript generates the virtual structure of the user interface. This Javascript process communicates to native mobile processes which are responsible for rendering the actual user interface as you see it.

The architecture of MysteriumVPN Desktop Client Application

How MysteriumVPN works on desktop:

Since we are using Electron, we have two processes, MAIN and RENDERER.

MAIN is the first process which is started when the application starts. It is a NodeJS process which is responsible for managing the following functions:

  • Application state and internal operations
  • Tray

  • Kicking off the RENDERER process

The second process is RENDERER and it is responsible for displaying the graphical user interface for the application.

Communication between processes:

Both the MAIN and RENDERER processes need to communicate with each other to stay in sync. For this reason, we are using a standard approach of Inter-Process Communication (IPC).

Javascript is not type-safe, which isn’t very reliable. We use Flow static type checker which adds type-safety for Javascript. This especially applies to syncing data between processes — it becomes less reliable when using out-of-the-box IPC. To improve that, with custom implementation on top to have type-safety.

MessageTransport describes a single typed message which is sent between processes. It creates alignment between both processes by introducing sender and receiver objects, ensuring that both sides expect the same arguments of this message.

Here is an implementation:

class MessageTransport<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
buildSender (): MessageSender<T> {
 return new MessageSender(this._channel, this._messageBus)
 }
buildReceiver (): MessageReceiver<T> {
 return new MessageReceiver(this._channel, this._messageBus)
 }
}
class MessageSender<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
send (data: T) {
 this._messageBus.send(this._channel, data)
 }
}
class MessageReceiver<T> {
 _channel: string
 _messageBus: MessageBus
constructor (channel: string, messageBus: MessageBus) {
 this._channel = channel
 this._messageBus = messageBus
 }
on (callback: T => void) {
 this._messageBus.on(this._channel, callback)
 }
removeCallback (callback: T => void) {
 this._messageBus.removeCallback(this._channel, callback)
 }
}

Here is an example of communication between both these MAIN and RENDERER processes:

Example: communicating country proposal updates between processes:

MAIN process is managing country proposals internally and it sends all updates:

this._countryList.onUpdate(countries => {
  this._communication.countryUpdate.send(countries)
})

RENDERER process listens for country updates,

this.rendererCommunication.countryUpdate.on(this.onCountriesUpdate)
...
onCountriesUpdate (countries) {
  this.countriesAreLoading = false
  this.countryList = countries
}

Having such an abstraction layer ensures that communication is type-safe, reliable and features around it are simple to test.

How do we integrate Mysterium Node with MysteriumVPN Application?

Once we’ve rendered the application layer, we still need to connect MysteriumVPN to Mysterium Node. Mysterium Nodeis a software that connects you to Mysterium Network where you are able to exchange value for bandwidth.

MysteriumVPN is a client application of Mysterium Network. The successful running of our dVPN on the network will attract other use cases from existing or future businesses that require end-to-end encryption of data, thereby expanding Mysterium Network’s ecosystem.

We require specific information to ensure the successful running of our dVPNservice.

Operation System Service
Since we are running Mysterium Node under the MysteriumVPN application we need to supervise the Mysterium Node to ensure that it works.

Our Data Protection Policy
We make a clear distinction between personal data and usage data. We do not collect information on who you are. We collect data on session and connection inputs and outputs. This is important data for us as it gives us visibility on how our technology fares against the realities of cyber oppression. Check out our privacy policy for more information.

Logging
Since we are integrating Mysterium Node into the MysteriumVPN application, the application itself gets quite complex. That’s why we have to be prepared to log errors from everywhere, — our application, Mysterium Node, and from Electron.

That means that there are three sources of inputs. When we are inspecting something, we need to understand that these errors can happen in three different places. We need to synchronise those and collect all relevant data from these sources.

Data management in the era of web 3 is complex and we hope to do so in an ethical and fair manner. Check out how our no logs policy protects your personal data.

Build on Mysterium Network

We have an npm package that allows for you to connect to Mysterium Nodeeasily. This is the same package that the MysteriumVPN uses to connect to Mysterium Network. This can be used for any application — it’s literally plug and play.

Interested in contributing to Mysterium Network? We are an open source project focused on bringing privacy, security and freedom to web 3. Check out our Github.