Cloudnymous launches cloud-based privacy cloak

Cloudnymous launches cloud-based privacy cloak

Summary: Startup Cloudnymous has launched a new cloud-based anonymous VPN service which lets users access any restricted or censored website.

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TOPICS: Security, Cloud
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As customer data is spread evenly across the cloud, even if a server is brought down, customer data cannot easily be retrieved.

The company is a new player to the tech field, launching earlier this year. The cloud-based VPN service offers "true" anonymity and protection of the user's data through strong encryption protocols, according to the firm -- and may be of particular interest to those trying to circumvent location-based restrictions online.

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"Cloudnymous is perfect for U.S. visitors who want to watch Hulu or listen Pandora overseas, to Asian users wanting to open public sites restricted by local laws and simply for those who want to keep privacy while surfing the Internet", said Ruslan Sologub, a lead developer of the company.

The service is based on a 'pay per use' system. There are no contracts; instead, users can pay $0.15 for daily paid servers, $4.95 for monthly paid servers and $0.15 per GB for traffic paid servers.

Users can choose the point where the traffic "originates" from -- for example, an American or European address, which would in theory circumvent blocks on services including Facebook, Skype and Pandora.

According to Cloudnymous, the only logs kept on traffic flow are connection start and end times, and the amount of traffic. Names or addresses are not required to sign up -- and all website, VPN traffic and internal communication is encrypted.

Topics: Security, Cloud

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  • New online era will lead to a plethora of new challenges and stories

    Sometimes though you have to look at the downside and negative uses such things can offer. The upside more flexibility in the hands of the user to choose where they get services from without technical regional restrictions, but you likely will find the terms of use you sign up to prohibit you from accessing from another region and leave you open to being cut off at the providers whim if they detect you are breaking their terms of service. So whilst you may get around the terms/technical restrictions you leave yourself open to future risk. And whilst for example in the UK supermarkets restricting orders for home delivery coming from outside the UK to protect against fraudulent fake deliveries being posted causing inconvenience when you are on holiday and want to order that delivery fro when you get home, is it really a bigger issue than protecting against the remote attacks that they put this in place for in the first place.

    As with any technology their will be blocks and ways to get around it and their will be arguments for both sides. As we continue to grow in the online world there will be some interesting discussions, legalities and stories ahead.

    Ian Moyse
    Workbooks.com
    ianm32@...
  • anonymity

    '...The cloud-based VPN service offers "true" anonymity...' LOL. According to their website, they keep logs for (1) Your email (2) Your payments (3) Your connections start and end times and the traffic amount. They don't accept bit coins or any other type of digital currencies. How could they claim they are more secure and anonymous they other VPM providers? Read "why 100% anonymity claimed by VPN vendors is a lie!" http://invisibler.com/lulzsec-and-hidemyass/
    coolmacapps
    • IP

      And they obviously have your IP and it's physical location (look at the upper right corner of the screen)
      RangerJimK
  • Logging policy

    We depersonalize the payments we import from our sales partner, that means that we remove the names, address, payment methods etc, all the data except email and payment amount.
    Users connection's start and end time doesn't show anything important, as most of the time there are many users using the same server at a time.
    It is up to you to give us an anonymous email, we accept even temporary emails.
    And our privacy policy is here https://cloudnymous.com/home/privacy
    cloudnymous
    • Re: Logging Policy

      @Cloudnymous,

      Doesn't "deporsonalize" mean that that information may still be subpoenaed?

      @Charlie,

      Why no link love to their site? :)
      HeadGames
      • Good link...

        to privacy Policy
        RangerJimK
        • Sorry...

          Here's their privacy policy: https://cloudnymous.com/legal/privacy
          RangerJimK
    • Terminology

      I think that the problem here is one of terminology. I just registered -- for free -- and here is my take. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

      What y'all are offering is a free service. That service is pretty much to serve as a "hub''/point of contact to the sites who actually do the linking to the "illegal" (depending on where I live) sites and they are ones which charge. All y'all do is the billing, correct?

      For example: I register using a "one day only" email address. A week from now, I hear online murmurs that something interesting is about to happen in a state that my government doesn't recognize, and I don't dare use my ISP to try to log onto the other state's web site.

      I go to Cloudnymous and log in using an email address which is no longer valid, find that there is a site/server in Bakabaka, Berkistan which is free, and try to connect....

      Ooopse! This service only works on Windows-based machines because -- in order to use your services, I have to download and install a Cloudnymous app to use y'all's services!

      And I'm dead in the water because
      (1) I'm Mac user, and
      (2) I do not download software which could be spyware.

      - - - -

      And so, I can't check out your services. If there's a Windows user here who's willing to download the software and check Cloudnyous, have at it!

      Jim
      ___________

      The answers are always inside the problem, not outside.
      ---Marshall McLuhan
      RangerJimK
  • Just read the HowTo

    There is a bazillion of supported OS's and instructions of how to connect on their HowTo page, including Mac OSX https://cloudnymous.com/connect/osx/openvpn
    yduuz