Ask Questions. Always.
- What is Mysterium Network?
Mysterium Network is a network of nodes providing security and privacy to Mysterium end users. The first application of this will be seen with Mysterium VPN.
Combining powerful encryption, reputation mechanisms and layered protection protocols our ambition is to build an infinitely scalable P2P architecture which becomes the privacy layer of the future.
- What is a VPN?
A VPN is a virtual private network which allows you to proxy your traffic through multiple IPs so that your entry and exit points cannot be connected with each other.
- How is Mysterium VPN different from other VPN service providers in the market?
Current VPN providers promise no logs. We prove we’re doing it. Check out our Github. #opensource
Our architecture is decentralised ensuring that no single node has access to who you are and where your traffic is being directed.
- How is Mysterium VPN different from other VPN service providers in the market?
- What is Mysterium Protocol?
If the Mysterium Network is a ecosystem of nodes and users of bandwidth, Mysterium Protocol is how this ecosystem enables encryption, sharding and transfer of data securely.
We are currently busy developing our client application and node network. More details to come in the future.
- How can I use Mysterium VPN?We are currently alpha testing our VPN app on MacOS and Windows. Our VPN apps run on the Mysterium Network. Check out the alpha.
Android is slated to release in October. We will confirm closer to the date. Join the waitlist.
- Does Mysterium Network run on the Ethereum blockchain?Transactions within the Mysterium Network will be settled on the Ethereum blockchain. Mysterium Network itself will be made up of Node Runners who provide bandwidth to end users.
- How do I mine/ stake MYST tokens?You don’t. There is no mining of MYST tokens in a traditional sense as total supply isn’t going to be increasing. You earn MYST tokens by providing bandwidth as a Mysterium Node Runner.
- What is a Mysterium Node Runner?
Node Runners on Mysterium will earn MYST tokens in exchange for providing bandwidth to end users.
- How will the tokenomics work within Mysterium Network?
We are completely rethinking privacy as a foundational piece of web 3.0 architecture with Mysterium Network.
Mysterium Network acts as a marketplace. It is open source software which allows anyone to join the network both as a:
- Node Runner: Seller of unused network traffic
- Customer: Buyer of VPN service from Mysterium Node Runners
Cost of Mysterium services will be defined by the Node Runners. This will set perfect competition.
- How much will Mysterium VPN cost per month or per MB of bandwidth?
WIth Mysterium VPN – we are aiming for ease of adoption.
For this we are looking at several means by which we can reduce friction in the usage cycle:
- Subscription Model
We see that dApp adoption rates are low. For this we will look for Fiat on and off ramps which help streamline the adoption of our VPN application and the Mysterium Network. We will be price competitive within markets we enter.
You don’t need multi-hop level security all the time. Making these concepts accessible through gamification we will help our users identify the best type of VPN service for their objective, and keep fair price competition.
We expect that there will be several answers to these questions and invite you to help us build the ecosystem.
- How do I store MYST Tokens?MYST is an ERC20 token and can be stored in any Ethereum Address. This means you can store your MYST tokens on both MyEtherWallet or Ledger/ Trezor hardware wallets.
- What are some use cases for Mysterium Network?We often talk about VPN as a use case, and while we are busy focused on this as our first product – this is also the tip of the iceberg when it comes to applications for the Mysterium Network and Protocol.
- What should the open source developer community build around Mysterium Network?
First and most obvious answer is VPN. As all code will be open sourced thus anyone could take Mysterion code as an example, remake it as they wish, putting their logo, translate app into any language, use their payment methods and launch it as a separate VPN service, without ever needing to deploy a single VPN node, just using Mysterium API. Once we see this happening we will need to allocate certain amount of focus on improving this aspect of the service to match market needs for it.
Once there we will progress to other use cases (in the beginning we will use OpenVPN as our main transport protocol which is somewhat limiting) so we will be learning left and right about potential other use cases and what technology is needed which might empower them (be it other transport protocols or something entirely different).
Ultimately I believe we could see services built for crunching data, also Apps and dApps using Mysterium as their secure communication channel between any 2 end points whenever they need one – for example to create a secure communication channel between a user and a server, or a user to another user, or a user and a device. This could be applied to any number of services which need a secure communication channel. For example it could be: payment apps like Paypal, Revolut or any of the wallet apps, communication apps like Snapchat or Whatsapp, e-commerce services such as Shoppify, then content delivery services such as Netflix trying to ensure their users can access content when traveling abroad, etc..
If anybody would ask – I would be betting on a larger community to come up with use cases which we never even dreamt of. But one thing is sure – we will be listening and adapting the network to meet the needs.
- How do I run a Mysterium Node?
Want to become a Mysterium Node Runner? Find out more.
- Will I need a static IP address to run a node?
Yes, you will need to have a static IP address for nodes. A domain is not needed as we don’t detect and use it in proposals. For nodes to operate you need a public IP address.
At our alpha testing phase we only support nodes operating in hosting servers (external IPs only).
- Could an internet service provider throttle internet speed of someone using Mysterium VPN?
Short answer, yes.
It is actually a common practice to throttle internet speed.
Throttling depends on limitations imposed by the ISPs. This can include criteria such as maximum data transferred, content being accessed (like video streaming, Netflix), torrent usage or malicious activity. The goal is not be classified under one of these categories.
Sometimes these criteria are defined by pressures of governments in certain jurisdictions. This is the case in China, Russia and other developing economies.
In other countries, like Africa global transit internet is expensive and throttling is mainly an economic measure.
- Do you plan on adding multi hop routing where the traffic is routed through multiple VPN nodes from different providers?
We are planning to develop a traffic routing mechanism which would combine splitting request data through different nodes and changing the end-to-end circuits between requests.
In simple words – we don’t store any logs. And we can prove it.
Mysterium Network’s P2P infrastructure ensures that our VPN service is provided without a central server. This means it’s not technically possible for us (or for that matter, anyone else) to monitor your activity.
Learn more about our no-logs pledge.
- What if someone misuses Mysterium Network?
- How are you planning to protect node runners legally?
Each jurisdiction is different and this is an issue that will require nuanced approach.
This is our best practice:
- Do not run service nodes from your residential address / home.
Your ISP may block your internet or get your IP blacklisted, effectively limiting your internet experience.
- As for authorities performing lawful interception, this depends entirely on where you are based.
Be aware of your local policies.
Transports that are able to bypass limitations imposed by certain countries will soon be able to be plugged into our VPN. Communities in need of such transports should be able to implement and adapt to our framework.
Please mind that the current product (pre-alpha) only provides the service (VPN) and only in later stages node operators will be able to join the network. We will have more concrete answers by that time.