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What is Mysterium BetaNet, and why you should join

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We are fast approaching the official launch of Mysterium Network, a world first pay-as-you-go crypto VPN. But before that, we’ll bring you BetaNet. Read on and learn why…

Mysterium is very different from your regular VPN. Download Mysterium VPN for free (for a limited time). Try it for yourself! Download on Android, Mac, and Windows.

Thanks to its peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture, there are no contracts, no subscriptions, and no locked-in costs. You get direct access to a global list of residential IP addresses, provided by everyday internet users around the world, so you can teleport anywhere online. 

Our custom designed payments infrastructure lets you stream, connect, share and socialise by the second. Switch on and off whenever you need, and only pay for what you actually use, minute by minute.

And because you pay with cryptocurrency (the future of money, it’s here to stay!), these micropayments are as untraceable as your browsing habits. Paying with crypto means that you’re paying for your privacy the fastest, cheapest and most anonymous way.

Mysterium VPN is the evolution of cybersecurity. It’s integrated OpenVPN and WireGuard protocols, so everything you do is protected by the highest industry standards. 

And thanks to our decentralized architecture, it’s technologically impossible for us to log anything. We connect you to residential IPs only, so there are no giant servers for us to store any kind of data. While regular VPNs claim they don’t do any logging, you just have to take their word for it. 

VPN vs TOR vs dVPN

What’s the deal with BetaNet?

We’ll soon move Mysterium onto BetaNet, a brief stopover between our free version and our full launch. During this phase, we will collaborate with our community to battle test the code and make sure everything’s working as it should. When it comes to your privacy, there’s no room for error.

We will begin with an invite only BetaNet, working with a small group of initial testers. The rationale behind invite only is to ensure a controlled environment as we transition to real P2P payments with MYST on the Ethereum blockchain.

Interested in exploring the Mysterium Network BetaNet? Use this form to register or jump into our Discord channel and let the team know.

With your help, we will make Mysterium VPN even BETA than you can imagine 😉

Following a successful BetaNet, we will transition Testnet users onto MainNet, and release Mysterium VPN into the wild for the whole world to play with.

And if you’ve made it this far through the blog… make sure to enter the MYSTEARLYACCESS code in the Gleam widget to unlock your extra points in our giveaway competition!

Mysterium – now on uniswap 🦄

Mysterium integrates UniswapV2 and launches MYST liquidity pool!

Mysterium Network is fast approaching its launch on mainnet. This exciting event will allow all users to pay for privacy services using our native MYST token, which has not had its utility potential unleashed – until now. 

MYST is the token at the heart of Mysterium Network. It acts like digital fuel, serving various functions and bringing different network security and stability functions into Mysterium Network.

As stated in our founding whitepaper, MYST is a utility token. Therefore, providing liquidity for MYST prior to our dVPN launch has not been a focal point for the project. However, we anticipate that purchasing MYST may become a friction point for many new users who are keen to explore and use Mysterium VPN. Most of our users are not crypto-savvy, and may be unsure about where to begin or where to find the token.

Read: Did you know we’re upgrading the MYST token? Learn how to migrate your tokens here.

After collecting responses from a community survey, we learned that half of our current node runners prefer to receive their payments in Ether (ETH). Our survey has also shown considerable demand for payment settlements in Ether or stable coins. This is a feature we will look to implement in the future.

Our main focus is on growing traffic within the network, and in making it more resilient. We want to remove friction in our user journey, first for early adopters who hold crypto, and then to a wider audience. The large community of ETH and other ERC-20 token holders are a natural fit for Mysterium VPN. But they need an easy way to swap for MYST, creating a seamless onboarding experience.

To meet these requirements, Mysterium will be integrated with popular DEX platform Uniswap.

What is Uniswap?

Uniswap is a decentralized exchange. A decentralized exchange (DEX) is a peer to peer marketplace for cryptocurrencies that involves smart contracts instead of traditional third parties, such as brokers. It allows users to trustlessly swap Ethereum-based tokens. You can swap your tokens directly with other tokens supplied by their liquidity pools. 

A platform like Uniswap is just the interface for accessing these liquidity pools. Instead of a traditional order book, Uniswap pools all tokens into smart contracts, and users trade against these liquidity pools. Liquidity pools can be funded by projects or by users themselves, which are often rewarded with a percentage of the fees generated from all trades. Anyone is able to swap tokens, add tokens to a pool, or create a new pool (list a new token) on Uniswap. 

With decentralised exchanges, the process of trading is automated by smart contracts. You don’t have to have an account with the individual DEX platform – you just link your preferred wallet which signs and executes the transactions. 

How will the integration improve your experience?

We have created a liquidity pool for MYST on Uniswap. We’ll then integrate this pool with Mysterium’s backend, so it connects to our payments protocol, Hermes. Hermes is Mysterium’s native payments infrastructure which enables P2P transactions between all users (service providers and their customers).

Our service providers (node runners) will also be able to choose whether their payments are settled in MYST, or swapped directly into ETH, with a click of a button. This can also be done automagically, with settlement features that allows nodes to set certain thresholds which settle automatically when they are met. In the future, DAI will also be available as a payment option.

On the user side, this integration enables us to onboard broader communities into Mysterium Network. New users will be able to send ETH (or an ERC-20 token of their choice) to their Mysterium account, and receive MYST almost instantly to begin paying nodes for their services straight away. This means that a user won’t necessarily need to know what MYST is to use Mysterium Network. 

The MYST community is invited to provide liquidity to the Uniswap pool. This also provides an opportunity to earn a share of all fees from trades made through the Uniswap pool. 

In the future, we plan to integrate with other DEX platforms like Changelly to help connect BTC and other blockchain communities into Mysterium Network.

Ready to dive into MYST liquidity pool?

Excited about Uniswap x MYST? So are we. You’ll be able to provide liquidity yourself or simply swap your ETH for MYST ahead of our launch. 

Mysterium Network wouldn’t exist without its committed community of node runners and users. For this growing community of netizens committed to keeping the internet free, we are endlessly thankful. Interested in helping? Find out how you can run a node.

If you haven’t already, check out Mysterium dVPN available for Windows, Mac and Android. All our client applications are currently in testnet – so are currently free for a limited time. Try them out!

Earn crypto (ETH) for selling your unused internet

Пилотная программа узлов Mysterium

UPDATE 24/10/2019:
We have updated terms to our node pilot where you earn crypto for selling your internet. You can find up to date bounty rules, 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 crypto – 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.

Want to earn crypto? See 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

Your coolest new raspberry pi project – Mysterium Node

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Что такое узел Mysterium?

Mysterium Network is building a distributed VPN network. Have a raspberry pi lying around your home? Looking for cool raspberry pi projects? Well, this one of the coolest raspberry pi projects you could run. When you run a Mysterium Node on Raspberry pi, what you are doing is renting your bandwidth with a global network of users. We’re decentralising the internet architecture for a censorship-free world for all, one node at a time. Join us.

Related: Everything you need to know about becoming a Mysterium Node

Install the prebuilt Raspberry image to run your Mysterium node

  1. Download the image directly form “mystberry.zip” (look for latest release and expand “Assets)
  2. Write an image to the SD card (macOS):

●  Download balenaEtcher tool for SD hard flashing

●  Connect your SD card to your computer

●  Open balanaEtcher, select your image (mystberry.img) and install. This should take 2­-3min.

      3. Setup Raspberry Pi in the following order:

  1. Insert the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi
  2. Connect Ethernet cable
  3. Connect power source

To find out your Raspberry Pi local IP address (you have to be in the same network):

  1. Download free LanScan app for macOS. For windows, you can use any other lanscan app.
  2. Start LanScan and search for Vendor “Raspberry Pi Foundation”
  3. Copy/paste the IP address
  4. Open Google Chrome and paste “yourIPadress:4449”
  5. You will be asked to type in name and password:

Name: myst
Password: mystberry

Get started -> Provide VPN -> Start service

  1. You can view and add all needed information in this Client System program, such as your Myst ID, ETH wallet address and referral code (if you have been referred by someone).

That’s it! You should be up and running with your cool raspberry pi project! For help on setting up your node, please join our Telegram group.

For more support and help, check out help.mysterium.network

Sell extra bandwidth for crypto – A step by step guide to sell your wifi

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If you’re new to Mysterium Network, welcome! You’ve stumbled upon a new era of the internet where you can sell extra bandwidth and do some good.

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.

sell my wifi

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 sell extra 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, plug it into your router and simply switch it on. Then head to My.Mysterium.Network to register your node.
  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 join our Raspberry Pi node pilot if you’re in the US, UK, Germany and Italy 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.

sell extra bandwidth

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

As we’ve already discussed, when you become a node, you join sell extra bandwidth 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.

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 rewire 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. 

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.

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.

Want to stay in the know? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Connect with our project

Please be sure to follow and subscribe to the following:

Website — https://mysterium.network
Twitter — https://twitter.com/MysteriumNet
Telegram — https://t.me/Mysterium_Network
Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/MysteriumNetwork
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/MysteriumNet
Steemit — https://steemit.com/@mysteriumnetwork
Bitcointalk — https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1895626.0

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

English — https://t.me/Mysterium_Network

Rules & FAQ — https://t.me/MysteriumRulesAndFAQ

Announcements — https://t.me/MysteriumOfficialAnnouncements

Node Testing — https://t.me/mysterium_network_nodes

MysteriumVPN Testing — https://t.me/joinchat/I5-aG0z_3SA6PLgQBCOXlA

中文 / Chinese — https://t.me/MysteriumChineseChat

русский / Russian https://t.me/mystRU

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 is internet censorship?

what is internet censorship

What is internet censorship? To understand this, we need to understand the history of the Internet. In its very early days, the Internet was decentralised. 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 (or see our definitive guide to becoming a Mysterium Node Runner).

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.”

What does centralisation have to do with internet censorship?

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.

Related: A comparison between dVPNS.

“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). This is why it is important for you to understand the difference between anonymity and privacy.

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. This is what a future without internet censorship looks like.

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 “do” about internet censorship? 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. Learn more about becoming a Mysterium Node.

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.

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.

 

Related: Tor vs VPN vs dVPN – a comparison so you understand the nuances.

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.