Single Device Plans Are Now FREE!

Skylaski VPN believes everyone deserves a secure connection to the Internet.

To back this up we’ve decided to give away Single Device Plans for FREE!

Now there’s no excuse to get your phone, laptop, or workstation’s connection to the Internet secured with the latest VPN technology.

If you’ve previously purchased a single device plan, please reach out to us at [email protected] to receive a full refund.

However, if you’re loving the service and would like to upgrade. Please use the ‘UPGRADEMENOW’ coupon code at checkout for 5% off!

OUR PRICES HAVE CHANGED TOO!

Starting today, our standard prices for Family and Large Family Plans have been reduced dramatically.

Family Plans which include services for up to 5 devices are now only $20/yr or <%2/mo!

Large Family Plans which include services for up to 10 devices are now only $25/yr or <$3/mo!

See our Pricing page for more info!

Free Single Client Plans!

Skylaski VPN is now giving away Free Single Client VPN Plans for anyone who shares our website or social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, or Minds!

All you have to do to claim your Free Single Client VPN Plan is send a direct message to Skylaski VPN on one of the following platforms with a link to your post to receive a coupon code good for 1 Free Single Client Plan!

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The Coupon you receive will only be good for 1 Free Single Client VPN Plan. This promotion is subject to change and may end at any time, so get on it while you can!

WireGuard is the Future

WireGuard® is an extremely simple yet fast and modern VPN that utilizes state-of-the-art cryptography. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec, while avoiding the massive headache.

WireGuard Official Website

Skylaski VPN has chosen WireGuard as the priority VPN protocol we support. We believe that this technology has redefined the landscape of what’s possible in secure communications across the internet.

Compared to other VPN technologies that require a lot of resources or perform at sub-optimal speeds for today’s bandwidth intensive internet, WireGuard is seamless and almost completely transparent to the end-user.

In the whitepaper written by Jason A. Donenfeld, he states:

WireGuard is a secure network tunnel, operating at layer 3, implemented as a kernel virtual networkinterface for Linux, which aims to replace both IPsec for most use cases, as well as popular user space and/orTLS-based solutions like OpenVPN, while being more secure, more performant, and easier to use.

WireGuard: Next Generation Kernel Network Tunnel

Skylaski VPN believes WireGuard has more than lived up to it’s goals and is prepared to become the default VPN protocol in terms of availability in the near future. We believe this for 3 main reasons:

Performance

WireGuard consistently outperforms current widely accepted and available VPN technologies on the market today. In the whitepaper, Jason demonstrates that when considering a 30 minute average WireGuard regularly outperformed the competition.

For both metrics, WireGuard outperformed OpenVPN and both modes of IPsec. The CPU was at 100%utilization during the throughput tests of OpenVPN and IPsec, but was not completely utilized for the test ofWireGuard, suggesting that WireGuard was able to completely saturate the gigabit Ethernet link.

Jason A. Donenfeld – WireGuard: Next Generation Kernel Network Tunnel

Modern Encryption Technology

WireGuard leverages the ChaCha20Poly1305 cipher suite which is not only immune to cache-timing attacks current industry standards like AES are vulnerable to, but is poised to outperform AES-NI implementations as the instruction vector widens in hardware chipsets being developed today.

The ChaCha20Poly1305 cipher suite has been adopted by Google Inc in it’s TLS 1.3 implementation. This means that all Google Chrome web browsers will prefer this cipher suite when connecting to secure websites that support it.

On the other end of the Internet, ChaCha20Poly1305 is now being supported by some of the largest CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) like CloudFlare. This means that the majority of websites users visit are adopting the latest encryption technology in web communications.

Future Proof

WireGuard has been praised all over the globe for it’s simplicity and efficiency.

In 2020 WireGuard was included in the latest releases of the Linux Kernel which is used in embedded systems around the globe. This has set WireGuard up to become the de-facto protocol of choice for secure communications in the near future.

Alongside the official Linux Kernel, Google’s Android Kernel now includes WireGuard as well. This means that in the future, all consumer Android phones will be WireGuard capable as well.

Privacy Concerns

Even with all these advantages, the community has expressed some concerns regarding WireGuard’s ability to maintain a user’s anonymity while one.

When operating in this space, criticism and critique are to be expected. One cannot provide an absolutely perfect service or protocol to satisfy everyone, but one article by RestorePrivacy.com calling out 2 potential issues with WireGuard & Privacy has become fairly popular.

1: WireGuard stores user IP addresses on the VPN server indefinitely

This issue refers to how WireGuard tracks peers on it’s network. When a client connects to a WireGuard server, their original source IP Address is listed in RAM and kept there until removed. This allows WireGuard to maintain a state-less protocol which is to it’s advantage, however because the connection is stateless, WireGuard has no idea when the client has decided to remain ‘disconnected’ and clear the original IP address from memory. Keep in mind, that Skylaski VPN does not log any of our users traffic or store any identifying information to a hard disk for anyone to recover after a server is shutdown. This information is maintained in RAM or Memory and would only be accessible to someone who has maliciously gained access to our servers. Not only is WireGuard vulnerable to such an attack, but other more stateful VPN protocols are as well. WireGuard is not unique in this situation.

Nonetheless, Skylaski VPN mitigates this potential by re-peering any client that has not performed a handshake with our servers in the last 3 minutes. After being re-peered, a client’s IP address is cleared from Memory and will not reappear until the client reconnects. This prevents information on disconnected clients from being potentially leaked in the case our servers are compromised.

Two: WireGuard does not assign dynamic IP addresses

In order for WireGuard to function, peers need to be ‘statically’ assigned an IP address from it’s perspective. This information is usually stored on the filesystem or in a database to allow a client to re-connect whenever they’d like even after a server is rebooted.

As a real issue to user privacy Skylaski VPN would call this a ‘stretch’. The IP Addresses assigned to user clients are generally Private IP Addresses which alone are not identifying at all. The concern from the community arises in the situation where a user has malicious code installed on their machine that could correlate the IP Address with other data points to generate an identity. Either that, or the website a user visits can derive a user’s Private IP Address when the browser is susceptible to what’s called a WebRTC Leak.

Skylaski VPN’s opinion is that if a user has malicious code installed on their machine, their identity is already compromised. Also, the latest versions of the most popular browsers have already addressed the issue identified with WebRTC Leaks. There isn’t a VPN service on the planet that can protect your identity if your system is already compromised, or if your sending identifying data to whomever your connecting to.

That being said, Skylaski VPN mitigates this issue as much as possible by dynamically assigning IP addresses to clients when they generate their key for connecting to our servers. If this key is compromised, Skylaski VPN will allow a client to re-generate this key which grants them a new Private IP Address on our network.

Conclusion

WireGuard is a state of the art protocol for securing internet communications at a level of speed, efficiency, and security that changes the game in what’s possible today.

We hope you take a chance to read up on this amazing technology and try it for yourself here at Skylaski VPN.

Can We Even Trust Our Own Home Network?

Recently a couple of security researchers discovered a series of low-cost home networking devices came prepackaged with ‘backdoors’ and scripts that scanned nearby devices for vulnerabilities to potentially exploit.

https://cybernews.com/security/walmart-exclusive-routers-others-made-in-china-contain-backdoors-to-control-devices/?s=09

Unfortunately the researchers realized this was definitely intentional as the software seemed to be specifically designed to allow unauthorized access.

All the routers discovered were either Wavlink, Jetstream, or Winstar branded routers which seem to be owned by a single Chinese entity that’s attempting to flood the market with their exclusive deals with big retailers and extremely low cost.

With this in mind it’s important to remember that it’s very difficult to trust not just our own home network devices, but all the devices our traffic might touch moving across the greater internet.

VPN’s are an absolute necessity these days and with the advancements in computing power and encryption, they’re as transparent as ever. Running a VPN on your home computer or phone has little to no impact on your overall experience.

Skylaski VPN uses the latest VPN technology to deliver speed and security that outperforms major enterprise solutions.

On top of that, we also actively block your device from connecting to well known publishers of tracking cookies and malware, protecting your data as much as possible.

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Use Signal, Not WhatsApp

Apple just rolled out a new feature in their app store which allows users to view a quick “Privacy Nutrition” report for each app they may wish to download on their phone.
These reports are incredibly transparent and while potentially unfair, demonstrate how much data some apps really collect from their users.

So much so, in fact, that Facebook has put out it’s own statement on the matter.

We believe that personalized ads and user privacy can coexist, without the collateral damage iOS 14 will bring. We, and others in the industry, are investing deeply in solutions that increase privacy while still enabling businesses to thrive online. Unfortunately, Apple is making far-reaching changes without input from the industry and the businesses most impacted. Why? As far as we can see, Apple has another strong motive.

Dan Levy, VP Ads and Business Products

In reality, users will ultimately decide what apps they like better and the more informed a user is, the better choices they will make. This is basic economics.
In a world where currently there is no transparency and little to no choice, Apple is making progress.

This type of information is also available for Android users, but not exactly front and center like Apple has done. I suspect to see similar updates to Google’s App Store in the near future.

There are countless market trend research papers that have come out in the last 6 months that indicate this is what the user wants.

When it comes to some of the most basic needs, competition has been sorely lacking. Way to go Apple!

If you’d like more information on how to prevent advertisers from tracking you on your phone, check out our article on disabling and resetting your tracking id.

A Privacy & Security Toolkit

The tools below can immediately improve your overall Privacy and Security posture, are easy to setup, and mitigate the majority of risks we take with our data online.

  1. Purpose
  2. The Stack
    1. Layer 0
      1. VPN
      2. DNS
      3. TOR
    2. Layer 1
      1. Brave
      2. Firefox
      3. TOR
    3. Layer 2
      1. LastPass
      2. 1Password
      3. 2nd Factor Authentication
    4. Layer 3
      1. Email
      2. Messaging
      3. Search
      4. Social Media
  3. Ultimately
  4. More Resources

Purpose

When thinking about privacy & security for your devices that connect to the internet or the data you generate while you’re online, it’s important to understand that a single solution doesn’t exist, nor will it ever.

As technology evolves overtime and innovations are adopted widely around the Internet, the way we interact with the technology changes as well. It’s an individual’s responsibility to remain vigilant and spend some time considering the risks they may be taking when trying out a new app, or creating an account on a website. Unfortunately, for some individuals, the networks available to them are censored and hostile so they must consider protecting their location information or browsing history when conducting research or journalism.

Fortunately for us, technology is a great problem solver and many of these risks have already been mitigated by very common & simple tools that allow us to browse the internet in confidence.

With a little knowledge and a few tools we can be 100 time safer on a public wifi network while reviewing intimate finance or health documents. We can do research unhinged by social norms or taboos and journalism without fear of repercussion. Identity Thieves can remain at arms length, unable to use the most basic tactics.

Privacy and Security online is the ultimate expression of Personal Digital Sovereignty. Use the stack to get yourself up to speed and protected quickly and safely.

The Stack

Layer 0 (Network Security)

Your network security can be the single point of failure for your entire Privacy and Security Posture. If the data you transmit is over a compromised network, then it doesn’t matter how strong your password is, or how private your browser may be.

VPN

VPN stands for Virtual Private Networking. This technology routes all your Internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to another network or gateway device before connecting you to the Internet. This removes your need to trust the network you’re directly connected to, but forces you to trust your VPN provider. There are some solid providers out there, but we use our own.

A VPN protects you by hiding your IP Address from websites you connect to, which hides your Geo-Location by IP Address, and encrypts your traffic so anyone on the same network as you (hackers, ISPs, Govt.) can’t see what websites you’re visiting. This also helps you remain anonymous on the websites you connect to, but only if it’s the only information you’re providing them.

VPN services are the only thing on this list that will cost you a little money. Beware free VPN services as they’re probably making money in other nefarious ways. However, the services provided are generally worth the cost. Our VPN plans start around $2/mo with a 12 month subscription.

DNS

DNS stands for Domain Name Resolution and is a basic Internet service that translates domain names like facebook.com and google.com to IP Addresses that computers connect to. Anyone with access to the DNS service you use could see what websites you visit by your computer’s DNS requests. A Private DNS service doesn’t log your requests, protecting the privacy of it’s users.

These services cost very little to provide and can often be found for free. Again, do the necessary research to make sure you’re going with a trusted provider.

Skylaski.com operates it’s own free to use Private DNS servers that follow our No-Log Policy. If you use our VPN, then you’re already using our Private DNS.

TOR

TOR will be mentioned more than once as it is actually a few different things. At the network level, TOR uses Onion Routing to route your traffic over an encrypted connection across random relays, potentially around the world. This is probably the most secure and anonymous routing protocol in existence. Not only is your IP Address hidden by 1 proxy like a VPN, but is encrypted independently across 3 or more proxies chosen at random.

Layer 1 (Browser)

Once your device is connected to a secure network, you should remain vigilant when using apps or software that use the Internet as well. Try to choose from well known publishers and make sure you keep everything as up to date as possible.

However, the tool everyone needs to browse the internet is a Web Browser. Most Browsers provide a good selection of privacy and security options, which should be explored in depth if you choose to use them. Below are some Browsers that have been developed with privacy as a priority.

Brave

Brave is a fairly new browser that places Privacy first, and uniquely leverages another new technology called Blockchain to attempt to pay users who choose to view ads and content creators who generate a lot of views.

Firefox

Firefox is a Mozilla Browser that has been around for a very long time. The project has pioneered many innovations in the browser space and continues to do so. Firefox has more recently placed a heavy emphasis on user privacy and security and has delivered an amazing Browser.

TOR

TOR is at it again. The TOR Browser is a Complete Anonymity focused browser that has the TOR Onion Routing protocol built into it. It can be run as a standalone Browser on most devices today and makes accessing Onion Services (Anonymous Websites) as easy as possible. You can also browse the normal internet using the TOR Browser and network as well, though the experience will be noticeably slower.

Layer 2 (Access)

Once you have your network and the browser you’re going to use to access it. You’ll need your username and passwords to access any services online like your bank or email account.

Most people store these in their head. While the skill itself is useful, it’s a bit impractical today considering every website we visit wants us to make an account. The only way to successfully access every site would be to use one or two passwords for hundreds of sites.

On top of that, these websites are constantly getting hacked and user information is dumped onto the dark web for sale on the cheap. The chances of having your account information somewhere on the Dark web today is high. The only protection against this reality is to use a different password for every single website you visit. This way, if your mechanic or other favorite online merchant gets hacked, only your account with that website is compromised.

This would not be possible without Password Managers. Not only do they remember passwords for you, but they can generate secure passwords when you’re creating an account, as well as auto-fill almost every potential form you come across making it easy to enter those super secure passwords we can’t remember. There are a handful of password managers on the market and if you’d like to know more check this out. Here are our recommendations.

LastPass

LastPass is probably the best bang for your buck, considering it’s absolutely FREE! Comes complete with all the features needed to be successful switching to using a password manager and sticking with it. Easy to use and has browser extensions and a mobile app.

1Password

1Password is another absolutely amazing password manager that will make sure your transition is as seamless as possible. Stop using sticky notes or precious memory to store your passwords. 1Password also has all the browser extensions you need and an app for mobile use.

2nd Factor Authentication

It’s worth mentioning that most places you are forced to have a password online also provide the option for 2nd Factor Authentication. These are services like; sending you a text message with a unique code before logging in, or asking for a code from an authenticator app, or physical security key.

No matter, what options are offered for 2nd Factor Authentication. Choosing at least one of them increases your account security immensely. Even if your password is stolen or leaked on the Dark Web, if 2nd Factor Authentication is enabled your account is still safe.

Make sure you check all your major accounts and ensure 2nd Factor Authentication is enabled. This can really save you in the long run.

Layer 3 (Services)

Choosing the right services for things like Email, Messaging, Search, ect can go a long ways towards ensuring your data is protected. We often don’t get to choose the tools we use to communicate with everyone, but when necessary these tools serve a huge purpose.

Email

ProtonMail is an email provider that offers a small inbox for free and automatically encrypts all email by default. A great provider of secure email.

Mailvelope is a nifty Browser extension that can manage PGP (Email Encryption) keys and auto-encrypt your email, even when using another web-based email provider (Like hotmail or gmail). Encrypt your regular email with Mailvelope.

Messaging

Signal is an open source, end-to-end encrypted messaging app that works on both Android and iOS as well as some desktops. Message your contacts securely as individuals or in groups, verify their identity and video chat.

DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused, complete search experience with apps and widgets for your phone as well as a privacy browser. No more “personalized” search results.

Social Media

Minds is one of the most unique platforms to come along in a long time. A complete social media platform with groups and blogs and all sorts of media, Minds runs on the Ethereum Blockchain, leveraging it’s own token to generate value for content creators and viewers alike.

Ultimately

The responsibility is on the user today to protect themselves while online. Your privacy and security are paramount to your Personal Digital Sovereignty.

This is just a beginning. These are the basics. The stack itself can and will change shape and take on new meaning as technology evolves.

There is also a compromise. As users we all live under unique circumstances. It might not be possible to completely remove Google or Facebook from our lives, but we can exercise the choices we do have on those platforms as well.

Most of our privacy and security is in this space, the settings. Today most of those settings default in the favor of those who need our data. Check them out, make sure they’re right for you.

More Resources

This is a never ending journey. To continue the path we highly recommend you check out the “Surveillance Self-Defense” guides hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

There are also some additional resources at our Forums.

Disable Personalized Ads and Reset Your Advertising ID

Recently Wired published a great article titled ‘A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You‘.

This short little article is really worth a read, especially today when more and more of our lives happen online, the invasion of privacy online is full on!

Not only is this creepy, but advertisers are operating in spaces normally heavily regulated to protect the innocent like our children. On the Internet, there is a general lack of regulation. Most of us have already agreed to a Privacy Policy or Terms of Service on one of the many FREE platforms online today.

Fortunately as consumers, we are beginning to see more and more options open up to us to make our own choices on what happens to our data on these platforms.

To help prevent unwanted advertising, behavior tracking, and help improve your privacy overall, it’s important to dig into the Privacy options of every piece of software we use.

On Android and iOS phones today, you can disable or minimize personalized ads as well as reset your advertising ID which is used by companies like Google and Apple to profile you.

From the article;

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To do it on Android, go to Settings > Privacy > Advanced > Ads and toggle on Opt out of Ads Personalization. On iOS, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Advertising and toggle on Limit Ad Tracking.

If you don’t want to stop ad tracking altogether—you’re getting ads anyway, might as well be relevant—you can navigate to those same screens and tap Reset advertising ID on Android or Reset Advertising Identifier on iOS to cycle your ad ID and essentially force advertisers to start a new profile on you. Android actually shows you your (very long) alpha-numeric ad ID at the bottom of this screen and when you initiate a reset you can watch it change. A clean slate never hurts.

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To learn more about these options check out the entire article.

Google has even more options to help improve your privacy and security as well. For more details on how to harden your google profile check out this article.

3 Reasons to Use a VPN on Your Phone

#1: Privacy and Anonymity

A VPN works by routing all your devices traffic through a secure tunnel to your VPN provider. This prevents your ISP or governments from seeing what websites you’re browsing to by encrypting all your traffic to the VPN provider.

A VPN also hides your originating IP Address which can be linked to your physical location. This prevents the websites your visiting from knowing your original IP address.

#2: Security

When traveling or using public WIFI hotspots the network your connected to could be compromised by hackers or anyone on the network. When using a VPN, all your traffic to and from the internet is encrypted so anyone on a public network who tries to see your traffic will only see random characters. They won’t be able to see what websites your visiting or any data you share with those websites.

#3: Changing Your Geo-Location

Most VPN providers like Skylaski VPN offers multiple locations around the globe to connect and route your traffic through. This allows you to trick most websites, making them think you actually live in those areas.

So if you need to download an app thats only available in Asia, you can connect through your VPN provider’s Asia location to get the app.

Also, this will let you watch a lot of content from providers like Netflix that is only available to specific regions of the world.