@a553d43c-f7fa-483a-8 you’re digging deep - I like it
We have two blog posts about how the SPN compares both to Tor as well as VPNs. I’d recommend reading them to better understand what every solution has to offer.
I’m confident in saying I believe - after our solution has matured into beta - VPNs will become a far inferior alternative when it’s about protecting your privacy. But still, always look at your personal threat model & financial situation, one solution will fit better than the other.
Chaining SPN with Tor or VPNs
This is not recommended, since generally, a chain will always break at its weakest point. If you want to protect your identity, the SPN will provide that, but chaining a VPN after renders that solution useless, since you are required to authenticate with a username / password to any VPN. If you first connect to a VPN, and then to the SPN the VPN will only know that you connect you the SPN, but nothing is gained except a slower Internet connection.
One of our advantages compared to Tor is that the SPN handles every connection individually (read the blog for more) and therefore reduces visibility to the ‘open’ web. Chaining Tor would again revert that benefit and slow down your Internet connections.
So yeah, the TLDR is: In general, a chain will always break at its weakest point. This is also the reason why many discourage chaining with VPNs with Tor or vice versa.
Yes, further down the road this will be a feature, so you can chose the exit node on a per app/domain basis. This will get really exciting. But we are keeping it simple & automatic at first
We will force all
http connections to exit on a trusted SPN node. Community nodes will cover entry or middle hops while also being able to exit
https connections. This way we mitigate community nodes of becoming malicious.
Our roadmap starts with a
pre-alpha where early adopters will test the network and gain access for its entire period. Currently access is only available via a KS backer tier.
pre-alpha is expected to take a few months to fix all drastic errors and troubles. Only after the network has become stable enough we will continue to the
alpha stage. In alpha, we will sadly not be able to offer free trials - this would not work since we do not link network connections with specific users. So free trials could easily be abused without us having ways to prevent it.
I hear you on the exchange rate. Personally speaking, I dislike how one hour of honest work is considered less dollars than in another country. But it being the way it is, we have to sustain our development in an ‘expensive’ part of the world. Hence, we have to charge accordingly. We also have to cover thrice the bandwidth-costs of normal VPNs.
However, the application firewall that is going to be implemented alongside will be absolutely free to use. We want everyone to enjoy a certain level of privacy for free, and those who like what we do and are able to support us, can then subscribe to the SPN. I hope this to happen soon, but it will probably take a while.
The short answer is we will offer credit cards and cash as payment options to start off with. Later, we plan to also offer payment via crypto currencies. We are trying to mitigate as much information as possible and do not link network connections with users in our payment system, so privacy is guaranteed. There will be a longer blog post covering this in detail in the future.