Enforcing the Rules of the Network

We will be restarting the servers over the next few minutes to activate a new certificate revocation system. This system will not allow old certificates onto the network, only the last certificate that was issued on your account. This is to keep users and the service secure from intrusion by parties with stale certificates and credentials.

If your service stops working and you are unable to reconnect to the service, your device is likely using a stale set of keys. You can fix this by generating a new config file in your profile on the site. 

This system is in place to prevent a compromised account from accessing the network without the user being aware. In order to access our service, the attacker would have to generate a new config file with new keys, which will immediately revoke old config file that the user is using, dropping them from the service and alerting them to a problem with their account.

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Viking VPN is making some infrastructure changes.

These changes are motivated by our dissatisfaction with our current datacenter.  They have caused 2 full days of downtime in the past 2 months.  They're also not serving us the kinds of speeds that we're promising our customers.  Obviously, we can't allow this situation to continue any longer.

We will be shuttering our servers in Ohio, and opening servers in Chicago, and shortly thereafter in Phoenix.

Current customers probably won't notice any change, except an increase in speed.

The old Ohio servers will go down around noon(12pm EST) tomorrow(Wed 09/11/2013).  If you're connected to the Ohio server at the time of shutdown, you will lose connection.  All you need to do is reconnect to the service.  Our system will handle everything and see to it that you get connected to the new server.

As with the old servers, the new servers won't have any kind of logging enabled.

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Slow Speeds Being Investigated

We have detected slow throughput on our VPN service. We are currently investigating the issue. At this time it appears to be a problem at our hosting datacenter.

I will edit this post when the problem is corrected.

Update 1: We have isolated the problem to a switch on our datacenters network. We are awaiting action by the NOC to correct the issue.

Update 2: Services are now totally down. It appears to be a hardware failure. We will be extending subscriptions for all customers for free. There is no ETA on restoration of services yet.

Rest assured, i'm loading up on coffee and getting ready to pull an all nighter. Thank you for your continued patience.

Update 3: NOC has reported back that it was a hardware failure. ETA on restoration of services is Midnight EST.

Update 4: Our NOC missed their midnight ETA. The server is now up, but needs reconfiguration. New ETA (which is actually under our control now) is 2:15AM EST.

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VikingVPN.com is getting redesigned.

Let's be honest, the website in its current incarnation is pretty shitty looking.  It was built from the ground up by our 3 founders, although all of the heavy lifting was done by Justin Greene(who was, understandably, much more concerned about functionality than vanity).  None of we 3 founders are artists by any stretch of the imagination.  We've brought in the talent of Mark Davis from ScriptDance to help us out.

I met Mark in college.  We immediately hit it off and became fast friends.  I've stayed in touch with Mark ever since college, despite living in separate states.

Mark has moved pretty fast on this work.  We gave him the project about a week ago and he already has sent us the first Mockups.

It's only a couple thousand times better looking than the current site.  We're looking forward to pushing this redesign live as soon as we can.

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We have lofty goals for this VPN service.  Here’s a roadmap of things to come.

I talked about some of our basic initial goals here.  TL;DR We want to be the fastest VPN service out there, and we want you to stay connected to our service 24/7 so that there are no gaps in your security.

We have much larger goals, outlined below.  We can’t fulfill all of these goals at once.  None of the founders of Viking VPN were born with a silver spoon in our mouths.  We don’t have endless amounts of cash to throw into the business, and we’re not willing to take irresponsible loans in order to do that.  We have to scale up responsibly, as revenue allows.

Near Term Goals

Open new servers

USA East Coast, USA West Coast, USA South, and USA Midwest.

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We decided to get into the VPN business for several reasons.

1. Shrinking Privacy and shrinking Rights on the Internet.

Governments, Corporations, and even unscrupulous individuals the world over are infringing upon the privacy and free speech of everyone.  The sheer scale of this violation is unfathomable[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8].  We're founding a new, ultra-fast, heavily encrypted, VPN service to help protect you from these violations of privacy.  Click here to see how VPN works, and how it protects your privacy.

2. VPN is a growing market.

Due to everything just mentioned, more and more people are interested in securing their internet connections against intrusions by Governments, Corporations, and cyber-criminals.  The 256 bit AES encryption that we offer is the best way to secure your connection against intrusions, because it is unbreakable, and turns all of your data into useless gibberish for anyone trying to intercept it.

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