Arethusa news

Reminder: PPTP and L2TP/IPsec deprecation

Support for PPTP and L2TP/IPsec will be stopped at the end of this month. While we might not stop the servers right away, users should switch to OpenVPN as soon as possible to avoid any disruption. We will send an email to affected users (if we have their email address).

TLS 1.0 and 1.1 deprecation

TLS 1.2 (or newer) will soon be required to visit our web sites. You should not notice any difference, unless your web browser is extremely outdated (and vulnerable to many threats). We have also added support for TLS 1.3 and HTTP/2.

Information for Android 7.0 and older

Smartphones with Android versions before 7.1.1 will soon start getting certificate errors when visiting sites that have a Let's Encrypt certificate (including the Arethusa web site). This is unrelated to VPN usage. The solution to this problem is to install and use Firefox Mobile. Firefox Mobile does not rely on the OS for certificates.

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PPTP and L2TP/IPsec deprecation

The PPTP and L2TP/IPsec servers will be stopped on 2020-11-30. PPTP has always been insecure. IPsec can be secure in a controlled environment, but not in the context of a public VPN service. If you are still using PPTP or L2TP/IPsec to connect to our servers, it is time for you to switch to OpenVPN.

v3 logins accepted on v1/v2 OpenVPN servers

All v1 and v2 OpenVPN servers now also accept v3 login/passwords. This will allow us to migrate v1 and v2 accounts to the v3 web site without interrupting the VPN service.

Transition server

When you generate a new configuration file with the v1/v2 control panel and use it, you will now connect to a new server called the transition server. OpenVPN 2.3.4 or newer is required for the transition server. The configuration file includes new certificates. When the v1 and v2 servers are stopped, users on the transition server will be automatically transferred to a v3 server without any interruption of service.

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You are now rewarded for referring your friends. More information here.

And we have added a 100 GB offer to the dlbox.

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Everybody now has 10 GB of dlbox disk space for free -instead of 0.5 GB-, until the end of May.

If you have a paid plan, this comes in addition to your paid disk space.

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New domain name

We have a new domain name: arethusa.co

At the moment it redirects to arethusa.su, but in the future it will probably become our main address.

SU is the country code for Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists. .su domains are managed by a Russian organization, with different rules than .ru domains.

Once a piracy haven, Russia has adopted one of the toughest anti-piracy laws in the world, which evolved into a broad censorship system. They also want to censor anything that could be used to evade censorship, including VPN services.

We've had so far no issues with our .su domain, but we prefer to stay safe by preparing this new domain name.

DNSSEC is enabled on arethusa.co. Please tell us if you can't access this address.

Updated MyIP tool

We have rolled out a new version of our MyIP tool. This version tells you when an IP address is an Arethusa IP.

The tool is now written in modern JavaScript. If you have an outdated browser (Internet Explorer for example) you will be redirected to a legacy version.

Wiki

We have created a wiki and published our up-to-date documentation: https://arethusa.co/wiki/

Everything on the wiki is available in English and French. Our goal is to have every bit of information about Arethusa on the wiki, fully translated.

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We have added an Eastern Europe basic VPN server. This server is located in Moldova.

The traffic quota has also been increased. All basic servers now have at least 100 GB of monthly quota.

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The Arethusa team wishes you a happy new year 2019.

New blog

Our news will now be posted here, instead of our forum. You can follow this blog with a feed reader, from Twitter, or from the fediverse: @arethusa@write.as .

New status page

We also have a new status page. All incidents will be reported there, as well as all planned modifications.

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