Third party VPN providers can gain full visibility into your internet traffic and know which websites you are visiting. Some are known to harvest such user’s data and sell them off to advertisers and other interested parties, and even inject their own ads. With WEPN gateway device, you can setup your own trusted and secure VPN service and protect your data from malicious third parties, and even share access with your friends and family. In addition, there’s no monthly fees for using WEPN on your home network.
We do not have access to either WEPN providers' or their users' internet traffic. Also we cannot remotely connect (SSH, VNC, etc.) to your WEPN device. As of January 2021, we store the email addresses of WEPN providers and users to whom they give access to, the IP addresses of WEPN devices, as well as device diagnostic/status information.
To allow your friend to know emails are coming from your device and not an imposter, we allow you to set a "familiar phrase" for each of your friends. You can pick a random phrase (such as "red apple") and inform them beforehand of this phrase using another messaging service (such as WhatsApp message, etc.). This phrase is saved in plain text, and is sent (again in plain text) in each email that goes to them from your device.
If you submit a support ticket, the information you submit will be also recorded and attached to the ticket with Zendesk. If you choose to also send error logs from your device, the logs will also be recorded. We have taken steps to remove Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from these error logs. You can also review and edit these logs before being sent, directly in the app.
Install WEPN mobile app, login and add your friends inside the app. They will receive an email with instructions to connect to your gateway. You can add yourself too. This way you can use VPN service while travelling or on an unsecured connection! Anyone, you give access to, will be able to route their traffic through your home internet connection.
Here is a video tutorial. After receiving the WEPN device in mail, please unbox and follow the instructions in the enclosed user manual. The setup process requires plugging your device into your home router, powering it up with the wall adapter, and registering it on WEPN mobile app. You can download and install WEPN device management app from Google Play and App store.
WEPN devices are setup to automatically and routinely check for software updates and install them as they become available.
We do not recommend sharing with strangers, such as posting on mailing list or public social media groups. When you add someone as a friend, they can route their traffic through your WEPN home server. Their online activity will be traced back to your home IP address, and you may become liable for their activities. Before adding anyone, ask yourself this question: “Would I invite this person to my house and give them access to my WiFi network?” If the answer is yes, you may go ahead and add them.
No, we do not have ads or sell your data. We also make sure we do not collect unncecessary information from/about you, to limit our liability and enhancing your security.
Traditional VPN providers have to pay for things such as intenret traffic, hardware cost, and power bills. Since the device at your home is doing the main traffic routing, our annual costs are very low. Future users will be buying the hardware which covers most of our costs.
We might at some point allow other apps, besides VPNs, to run on the devices if the device owner decides so. We might find a subscription model there. But for VPN services, no subscription is needed.
We currently have ShadowSocks, which is an advances proxy and not a classic VPN. OpenVPN is also enabled, but we moved on from it since OpenVPN is detected easily. We are looking into adding support for WireGuard and Tor as well.
Needless to say, availability of any new software from the above will be communicated to the device owner (Provider).