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2019 Round Up – Building a Decentralised VPN

It’s been a whirlwind of a year at Mysterium Network. 

We wrapped up 2018 releasing our Android app (which has recently undergone some quality updates! So check it out and let us know what you think).

Nostalgia mixes with excitement as we compare where we’re at today with how much further we can take Mysterium Network.

As always, we are ever grateful for our growing community of nodes. You guys are the network, and we’re here to serve you.

By the numbers

In 2018 at any given time we had an average of 40 – 50 nodes, all powering away to help kickstart this network and push the movement forward. These were initially data center nodes, with residential nodes slowly filtering in. At the time we were struggling to enable stable and robust connections due to the inconsistent nature of the hardware they ran on.

In 2019 we grew that number to 400! That’s 10 x growth, but with a very important differentiating factor – a much stronger focus on Raspberry Pis to help us create a stable permissionless VPN network. 

As a young company pioneering a niche technology that’s a huge achievement. It also means we have a few hundred people who already believe in our vision and want to make the internet a better, fairer and more inclusive domain.

Over the past year, we also...

These little guys can change the world (wide web)

1. Introduced Raspberry Pi as a staple of our node network. 

Pis have proven to be our most stable node to date, providing the most consistent bandwidth. These little devices have catalysed our network growth and through them we’ve found a way to make being a node far easier and rewarding. Once up and running, our users can just forget all about them. 

We are exploring more node platforms to release in 2020. Have suggestions? Tell us which platform, device or mechanism and we might just have a bounty for you to help us create it…

2. Launched our node pilot.

We incentivised people to join our network, run a node and provide a service. This has been put in place as a Research and Development initiative and has seen multiple iterations. From this pilot, we’ve been able to understand network dynamics and test the speed, strength and integrity of our network. Big thanks to our wonderful community of nodes for sticking with us and for providing invaluable feedback, helping us we refine and grow Mysterium Network.

3. Began testing payments. 

You asked, and you shall receive! 

We announced that we’re close to launching payments on Mysterium. Payments are a crucial element of our network. As such, we needed to design a solution which was capable of meeting real world requirements of scalability and affordability. This system also had to comply with the ethos of decentralised ecosystems. These are two opposing forces, with no current solutions suitable for our use case.

But we believe we’ve developed a unique solution that fits our requirements.

This is more than just an exciting milestone for Mysterium Network We have worked extensively towards this moment for the better part of the year and are almost ready to deploy it. 

Find out more about our P2P payments system in our blog and technical deep dive from our in house payments genius Jaro Satkevic.

4. Partnered with Avado 

AVADO enables you to be a part of your favourite decentralised projects, like Mysterium. The team created an amazingly simple plug and play hardware device that connects you to many different kinds of blockchains. Using the AVADO Box, anyone can become a node to help power decentralised networks and earn cryptocurrency in the process. 

This is the first of many partnerships to come. Learn what they mean for you and for the Web3 in our blog post.

Building an app and want to provide your users with privacy? Learn how you can build on top of our network by checking out our GitHub.

5. Created a new platform for node runners. 


We built a new platform for our node community, called My.Mysterium.Network (MMN).

This dashboard-style interface is designed to improve the entire node running experience.  It’s a crucial part of our updated node infrastructure. All it takes is some quick setting up and login details to get you started

Now all our nodes can easily link their nodes and watch their earnings grow. We also built a strong support system with help.mysterium.network and the implementation of intercom (live chat). 

6. Enabled live streaming traffic from three businesses.

Real world traffic is flowing from B2B integrations into our network.

Building a B2B business while disrupting a market is no mean feat. In the last quarter of 2019 we’ve taken business partners through testing and integration, tested assumptions on how IPs will be treated by different services and gotten a more nuanced understanding of real world requirements of a permissionless VPN network.

We are working on streamlining partnerships, cleaning up documentation and offering a rock solid service to our business integration partners. Need Residential IPs? Talk to us. 

7. Kicked off our ambassador program, Mysterium Army. 

We consider our community to be our strongest asset. We’ve been a grassroots dVPN project since Day One. And we need your help in educating others on privacy, anti-censorship and the need for VPNs.

Enlist in our Army and discover how you can help us in this battle for the internet we all deserve. 

8. Attended the following events and conferences:

9. And sponsored these:

We cooled it somewhat on events this year to really focus on making our tech the best it can be.

But stay tuned for 2020, where we will be teaming up with other projects to host hackathons so you can not only learn about, but help us build and improve our network!

To all our nodes, community members, partners and supporters, we want to say the BIGGEST thank you from the bottom of our ethernet cables (and hearts).

We hope 2020 will be the year which launches our network into the stratosphere. 

✌️💜& 🥧

Team Myst 

Mysterium Network Partners with AVADO

As Mysterium grows, we want to find the many new and exciting ways you can both be a part of our network, and take advantage of the token economy. Check out our article on 14 ways to earn crypto online.

There are countless projects out there building the foundation of the decentralised world, and AVADO is one pioneer helping to drive the evolution of the Web3. 

Who is AVADO?

AVADO enables you to be a part of your favourite decentralised projects, like Mysterium. The team created an amazingly simple plug and play hardware device that connects you to many different kinds of blockchains. 

Using the AVADO Box, anyone can become a node to help power decentralised networks and earn cryptocurrency in the process. 

[For those who need to know – How does a node work?

In a distributed peer-to-peer network, a node represents a single device, such as a computer or hardware device, which helps power and maintain that network. Through these transparent, secure and community-run systems, value can easily be digitised and shared. People are incentivised to contribute their resources, such as bandwidth or processing power, sharing it directly with the entire network without any kind of official host or authority needed. Nodes are paid for contributing their resources.]

Running your own node is usually very resource-intensive, requiring complex software as well as a lot of computer storage and bandwidth. AVADO makes it easy to be a node as it is designed to handle the CPU and disk-intensive aspects of running one. It provides a huge amount of RAM, ample Disk space, Internet access, and more.

There’s a lot of information floating around that running a node is very expensive. With AVADO, it only costs roughly $50 dollars per year to run. These low operational costs invite everyone to join. 

The Box has its own operating system, so you can choose between various blockchains, like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero. The best part is you can run these multiple blockchain nodes at once, so Mysterium is just one of the many networks you can be a part of. 

AVADO now offers smart mining, which is where we come in. Mysterium is the first smart mining application, so the AVADO community can install our node software, start sharing their bandwidth to help power our decentralised VPN and earn up $600 worth of ETH in a year! Find out how you can earn in our network. 

You can use the AVADO Wizard which helps you get started. The Wizard walks you through the entire process. 

Howdy, partner

Mysterium and AVADO met last year, and the synergy between the two teams was obvious. 

AVADO is decentralisation in a box. It’s agnostic, open-source and wants to put blockchains in the hands of everyday people. We’re both working towards a greater vision where users reclaim the internet. Our teams believe in the potential of residential nodes to power the Web3, independently of Web2 ISP and servers. 

On a technical level, our projects also compliment each other. Mysterium’s software can easily be installed onto their hardware, so AVADO users have more blockchain magic to play with. 

Collaboration is one of our industry’s biggest strengths and secret weapons. Other technology sectors and companies want to keep their research, insights and code private to remain competitive. They want to outperform, rather than lift up, other projects to maximise their profit. 

This has been the opposite for decentralised communities. By partnering, collaborating and learning together, the development of our ecosystem accelerates. We are open-source and transparent so we can learn from each other’s mistakes or innovations. When other developers and teams know where we got it right, they can build on top of our own work and research. 

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Now it’s over to you

Blockchains need people power. 

While teams like Mysterium and AVADO provide the infrastructure and tools, our communities  are the fuel which ignites decentralization. The more people running a node at home, the stronger, faster and more stable these global networks become, and the faster we can achieve true decentralization.

An open internet also offers both digital and economic freedom. Running a personal node means that you are in control of your own data and your privacy. Your personal information and online activity cannot be logged or stored in private servers, so your data cannot be commoditized or sold to businesses.

How to set up Mysterium on your AVADO

Check out this step by step instructional video by the amazing team at Avado. We’re super excited about this partnership and hope you are too!

Like the progress you’re seeing? Show us some love by sharing this article with your friends. Or join the Mysterium node pilot program today.

How does Mysterium’s whitelisting policy protect you?

At Mysterium Network, some of our core values are freedom and privacy. We want to make sure that people all over the world can use the internet freely and safely, unburdened by censorship or surveillance. 

However, in a decentralised P2P system like ours, we need to make sure that everyone who contributes to and takes part in our ecosystem have only good intentions. 

That’s why we have a whitelist which ensures that no malicious traffic can pass through your personal node. 

We do this to protect you, ourselves and the entire network from bad actors. We want Mysterium Network to always be a space that is supportive, collaborative and free from shady business. 

 

This is our balance between privacy and safety. While we’d like to afford everyone some level of freedom through anonymity, the reality is that we can’t guarantee the behaviour of every user. 

Currently all whitelisted traffic is test traffic that comes directly from the Mysterium team and verified B2B partners. 

Have you heard about our node pilot program? Find out how you can earn in our network.

What is whitelisting and how does Mysterium Network use it?

A whitelist is a list of items which is given permission to access certain systems or protocols. Programs, computers and companies use these lists to know who their trusted users or sources are. When a whitelist is used, every other participant is denied access until the network approves them.

Whitelisting has been around for decades and plays a big role in your everyday internet practices, such as email. 

Some examples of different whitelisting applications:

  • Email: your email will likely scan messages to detect phishing scams, virus threats and spam, filtering these before they enter your inbox. These email systems are configured to accept messages only from known addresses on their programmed whitelist, which is why sometimes your mail ends up in the junk folder.
  • Firewalls: a network administrator can create a firewall which only allows specific IP addresses from their whitelist to access that network. This is often used by businesses and organisations to prevent outsiders from entering their internal systems, such as their intranet.
  • A website can be configured to only allow traffic from certain (or entire ranges of) whitelisted IP addresses. This is commonly used in geoblocking. If the website doesn’t approve your IP location, it can instantly deny you access. 

 

In the case of Mysterium Network, we have a whitelist that we use to protect our nodes from malicious incoming traffic. It’s an in-built security feature that allows us to protect node runners like you so that you  only receive “clean” traffic. This is the default setting of our node runner software. In the future, this whitelist will include partners who have met our KYC rules. Right now, the only traffic that passes through your node is the test traffic sent from Mysterium Team.

How does running a node work in Mysterium Network?

Our decentralised VPN was the first of its kind. It is an application which allows you to become a node and share both your IP address and unused bandwidth with anyone in the world who needs it. 

For example, when using the app, you can provide a VPN service so that people can select your IP address to start routing their traffic through. You are paid for providing this service. Users with more popular IP address locations, such as the United States, are in higher demand and typically provide their service to people in countries with severe web censorship cultures.

To test our node software in home environments, we are sending whitelisted (test) traffic as a starting point. Our decentralised architecture distributes all traffic across the network using an advanced sharding technique. It scrambles and encrypts all data, so that no single node will ever have the full picture of what you’re doing. Our layered protection protocols are designed to preserve your privacy – both as a user and a node.

Mysterium IDs

We will identify and block bad actors from our network through the use of registered identities (Mysterium ID) and a network-wide reputation system. This will be an automated system where new users can register their Mysterium ID using a smart contract, generating a new Ethereum address. Users sign messages with their ID, which proves their ownership. 

Users provide some MYST tokens to validate that contract, so that that every registered identity will have a stake. This makes registering an identity unappealing to fake or abandon. Because it would be expensive to forge or make identities in large quantities, this is designed to limit exploitation of the network. 

These registered identities can also be used when making payments in the network. Your payment history and balances are public, so your proven track record makes you more trustworthy to other network participants and service providers.

Any person with a Mysterium ID can offer their unique VPN service (compatible with our network’s VPN service protocols) along with their costs and payment terms. 

Other registered network users can find your service which matches their specific needs (such as location and price) and connect to your individual IP addresses. 

Join the Mysterium Node Pilot Program

By running a Mysterium node in the US, UK, Germany and Italy you can earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month and $600 per year!

Find out more about how you can earn through Mysterium Network.

Earn up to $600 per year in ETH for selling your unused internet

Mysterium Node Pilot

UPDATE 24/10/2019:
We have updated terms to our node pilot and you can find these, and a whole lot more node support, at: help.mysterium.network.

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Sell your spare bandwidth whenever it suits you and earn ETH! (And in case you haven’t yet, learn all there is to know about being a node here.)

How much can you make? 

Most of the internet you pay for goes to waste, sitting idle or completely unused.

Join our network by running a node and earn up to $50 worth of ETH per month. That’s $600 per year!

We calculate your bandwidth contributions using the following hourly rate: 0 – 30 days: (0 – 720 hours): $0.07 /h

Please note that to receive your bounty payout you must run your node for at least 24 hours per month, with a minimum reserved upload speed of 5 Mbps.

You can see your stats on our Testnet.

Get started by downloading our node software or ordering our Raspberry Pi node starter kit.

Who can participate?

These bounty payouts are currently available for nodes based in 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

What is the Mysterium Node Pilot?

UPDATE 24/10/2019:
We have updated some terms of our node pilot and you can find them, and a whole lot more node support, at: help.mysterium.network.

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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 critera 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, Germany and Italy. 

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

 

How much can you earn?

Are you based in the US, UK, Italy or Germany? Then you’re eligible to participate in our pilot program with Raspberry Pi. 

By running a Raspberry Pi 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. (Please note the minimum reserved upload speed for the device is 5 Mbps)

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

Please note that to receive your bounty payout you must run your node for at least 24 hours per month, with a minimum reserved upload speed of 5 Mbps.

You can see your stats on our Testnet.

 

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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