Archive for April, 2009

History of Arovax SmartHide. Part 3.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
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…In December 2007 the last version in line 2.0 was released. SmartHide became quite user-friendly. Automatic connect at the startup appeared, there was no need to press the button ‘Apply settings’ during server selection (you could just click Connect). Everything was OK until the Chinese found out about us. At that time the user base was growing very actively and achieved 50k of users. However most of them were utilizing a trial version. After that the Chinese government found out about our product and banned our domain. The support department got tons of e-mails with just one question: why does it say that the authorization did not complete successfully? And the reason was that we authorized all the users with the help of one script which could be accessed via the banned domain only. We started to think of alternative ways and came up to the mechanism which went over the available domains and tried to connect to them.

Version 2.0.74 [December 19 2007]

  • New: Ability to connect to the server automatically at SmartHide startup.
  • New: Disconnect notification is now always shown as a balloon over the tray.
  • New: Login, password and IP-address are saved automatically by pressing the button “Make me invisible”.
  • New: Integration with the new SmartHide purchase system.
  • New: Some changes in the GUI.
  • Fixed: Automatic selection of a new default server IP address if the previous server IP is not available in the servers list.
  • Fixed: Information regarding SmartHide stop is not shown in the Log anymore.
  • Fixed: “View SmartHide Help” link in the Help tab.
  • Fixed: SmartHide detects 64-bit OS’s in the installation wizard

At that time one of the guys from China contacted us and offered his help in promoting SmartHide in PRC. The service was not free of charge, of course. As the compensation for his services he asked to grant a paid account to him. However, after banning our domain by the China government we urgently had to release a new distributive under the same number. We gave a distributive link to our Chinese guy and he, in its turn, forwarded the link to everyone, who got interested in it. And since in that period we did not check if the user had a paid or a trial account and we hoped that the paid version would remain with paid users only, what we got was thousands of freeloaders taking up our paid servers capacities. We had to ban them all and rename the distributives.

To be continued…

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History of Arovax SmartHide. Part 2.

Monday, April 27th, 2009
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…Almost a month after that we released a version with the automatic servers list update. There were certain drawbacks in there, but this feature was a definite breakthrough at that time. We also integrated the authorization. Before that every user who had SmartHide installed could connect with any login and password… seems like that. The authorization took place via the VPN independent script which was located on our server, where SmartHide was hosted. In the future it caused us lots of trouble.

Version 2.0.46 [September 19 2007]

  • New: Autoupdate of available servers list
  • New: Notify about account expiring
  • New: Notify about wrong login or password
  • New: Loading screen

After that, during a month and a half we released two more versions, where we corrected Vista compatibility and did not allow SmartHide to install on x64 OS.

Version 2.0.56 [November 1 2007]

  • New: German localization
  • New: Internal setting for connecting to servers

Version 2.0.49 [October 8 2007]

  • New: Install Wizard does not allow installing SmartHide on not supported OSs.
  • New: SmartHide works only under Administrator account with the admin privileges.
  • Fixed: In Windows 2000\XP SmartHide did not change IP address if it was not launched under administrator account.
  • Fixed: SmartHide did not change IP address in some cases in Windows Vista.
  • Fixed: SmartHide did not save account login and password in some cases in Windows Vista.

To be continued…

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History of Arovax SmartHide. Part 1.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
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Here are some of the memories from the past of SmartHide Dev. Team to cheer up a little bit ;)

Well, it all started long time ago with SmartHide v. 1.0 and the search for our own way. We tried to write a driver which would intercept certain protocols. After that we tried to add UDT which increased the data transfer speed in the network almost twice as much. We tested the interception of network API’s with the help of dll injection. We did a bunch of different things trying to feel around for the right solution. Our experiments brought us to Open VPN. The interaction with the OVPN process and the minimal functionality were added to GUI. The major version modification took place. SmartHide became 2.0 after that.

On August 25, 2007 we released the first official, not beta, version. As far as I remember we did not integrate billing at that time and could not sell the software. That’s why everybody who was interested received trial versions from us. There was no server list update mechanism at that moment. Each time we wanted to add a new server we had to recompile and upload the program. The releases followed each other one by one. We issued 3 versions during 4 days.

Version 2.0.36 [August 28 2007]

  • New: Added new server in Great Britain for Trial version

Version 2.0.35 [August 27 2007]

  • New: Some changes in the GUI

Version 2.0.34 [August 25 2007]

  • New: UDP based data transfer
  • New: LZO data compress
  • New: SSL data encryption
  • New: Transfer UDP and TCP traffic
  • New: Using tun/tap driver

I also remember that there were some problems with the reconnection – it just did not work properly. It was necessary to activate the disconnect notification in the first run to make sure that reconnection is functioning. But the notification was in a simple message box and as long as you do not press OK manually, no automatic reconnection took place. The message stating that “you are using a trial version, please consider purchasing the software” was not readable at all. I’m sure that nobody read it.

To be continued…

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Arovax SmartHide 2.2.192 is being released!

Monday, April 20th, 2009
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octopus1Hide IP address and network connection encryption Software – SmartHide 2.2.192 is being released

On April 20, 2009 the company Arovax released a new, advanced version of SmartHide, unique Hide IP Software for Web anonymous surfing and network connection encryption.

The current release has a few modern features helping to hide IP faster and providing an unapproachable anonymous and safe surfing for home and office users.

Please find below 6 most important modifications that have been introduced to the recent Arovax SmartHide release:

1. Revised user interface
The new SmartHide v. 2.2.192 offers a considerably revised UI. We’ve tried to organize the access to the main SmartHide functions in the shortest possible way. The tab containing settings was renamed into Home and the functions related to SmartHide launch and connection were removed from there. The settings are available using the link Click here to get more settings. Besides that from tab Home a user can access the members’ area (where you can check your account status or set up Port forward) or to the forgotten password recovery dialog.

The Log tab has become more informative and contains now more information. A separate dialog has been created for settings.

2. Fast server switch from the tray menu
The connection to any SmartHide server has become much easier now. Just right click on SmartHide icon in the tray and select in Servers submenu the required IP. The connection will start right away, even if SmartHide has already connected to another server. One of the servers in the menu will have a tick next to it. If the tick is green – the connection to this server is active. If gray – the connection is not active or in progress.

For those who value speed and comfort we’ve created a special Fast connection menu. All you have to do is to click on SmartHide icon in the tray while holding Shift button at the same time and you will get the Fast connection menu open with the list of available servers. There is another way to activate this menu – to click on SmartHide icon in the tray with the middle mouse button.

3. Additional options in settings dialog
All the settings are now presented in one dialog and divided into categories. The first category is General. Here you can set up the automatic SmartHide update or hiding the window to the tray at the startup.

The second category – Connection. Here we have all the settings related to SmartHide connection to servers. For example, you can “order” SmartHide here to connect to the server automatically at the startup.
And the last category is Visibility List. See more details about this category below.

4. Possibility to enter sites into Visibility List
Now if you need certain sites to see you real IP address, all you have to do is just enter this site into Visibility List and after pressing Apply Settings button all requests to this site will be performed directly, leaving SmartHide servers behind. It’s worth mentioning that ad banners, streaming video and other elements imported to the site from other resources will see the IP address of a SmartHide server. This feature allows to hide your real IP address from a strange harmful code located on a trustworthy resource.

The new feature will be useful in case you want to speed up the access to some of the sites. E.g. if a site has a hosting located at your provider, there is no sense (unless you need anonymity) to make the traffic go around the world when the server with the site is located just a couple of blocks away from you. Gamers will appreciate this feature as well because after putting the game server into Visibility List, pings become much less frequent (under condition that the game server and the user are located in one region and SmartHide server, to which the connection was made, in another).

5. Vista x64 compatibility
And finally the new SmartHide v. 2.2.192 is fully compatible with Vista x64.

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6. PayPal Subscriptions
On the numerous requests of the users who would like to register Arovax SmartHide using PayPal – we have finally added an alternative payment processor Plimus allowing to create a PayPal Subscription! Please visit SmartHide Register page and look for the SmartHide PayPal Subscription option.

Arovax recommends all SmartHide users to update their copies to the latest 2.2.192 release of  Arovax SmartHide.

Complete change log of Arovax SmartHide v.2.2.192:
*New: Vista x64 compatibility
*New: Revised user interface
*New: Fast server switch from the tray menu
*New: Improved VPN engine
*New: Additional options in settings dialog
*New: Possibility to enter sites into Visibility List
*Fixed: Text links updating during language change
*Fixed: News tab hanging up while opening
*Fixed: After Personal IP selection and SmartHide restart the selection is not saved
*Fixed: With the activated option “Reconnect” and deactivated “SmartHide server change” the connection status is shown incorrectly during the reconnection.
*Fixed: Unstable News tab behavior
*Fixed: Multiple memory leaks

Arovax LLC is an innovative software development company focused on high-quality and user friendly Online Security & Privacy Solutions. Visit SmartHide Home page for more information to hide ip and encrypt all your traffic.

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Release date of Arovax SmartHide v.2.2.192

Friday, April 17th, 2009
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I have a release date for you . A long-awaited Arovax SmartHide v.2.2.192 is planned for release on April 20, 2009. Our marketing team has already started to submit Press releases for the new version. I will open a curtain a little bit for you guys and will post a Change log of the upcoming SmartHide update.

So here it is:

Version 2.2.192 [April 20, 2009]
*New: Vista x64 compatibility
*New: Revised user interface
*New: Fast server switch from the tray menu
*New: Improved VPN engine
*New: Additional options in settings dialog
*New: Possibility to enter sites into Visibility List
*Fixed: Text links updating during language change
*Fixed: News tab hanging up while opening
*Fixed: After Personal IP selection and SmartHide restart the selection is not saved
*Fixed: With the activated option “Reconnect” and deactivated “SmartHide server change” the connection status is shown incorrectly during the reconnection.
*Fixed: Unstable News tab behavior
*Fixed: Multiple memory leaks

I will post a detailed description of the new version goodies tomorrow.

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Malaysian Server Switch

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
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We are switching the old Malaysian server 202.75.xx.xx to the brand new and extremely powerful server. The server is setup in a solid rack located in the new IDC. The IP of the new server is as follows: 119.110.xxx.xxx.  It is already available in your copy of Arovax SmartHide software. Just re-launch the software if you do not notice the new server in the list of available SmartHide Servers.

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v. 2.2 is almost done

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Hey there folks. We are working hard to finalize all the features plannes for the upcoming Arovax SmartHide v. 2.2 release. German and French translations are practically complete and integrated.

I am going to wrap up the and release the product in the nearest future. Please stay tuned for more great news from Dev. team.

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