posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 08:51 PM
As I'm sure many around this board are aware, there are a great deal of members concerned about privacy while online and their government looking in
on whatever they may be doing online. Here, I present to you a small piece of software with the sole purpose of completely hiding you and your
identity while doing a wide range of things using the internet.
The Tor Project
What is it?
Tor is a collection of virtual tunnels throughout the internet. It can be used to keep yourself protected from being tracked by websites you visit. It
can be used to get around blocks put in place by an ISP or a filter put in place by an organization. It can be used to upload or download files
without revealing your location. It can be used to conceal communications across the world. Each relay in the chain sees no more than one hop in the
circuit, which means that even if one relay is compromised the entire system still remain anonymous.
Tor's secureness relies partially on the number of users, which means the more of us that use it the more secure it will become.
Here is one particular quote from the Tor website that will likely interest members here:
A branch of the U.S. Navy uses Tor for open source intelligence gathering, and one of its teams used Tor while deployed in the Middle East
recently. Law enforcement uses Tor for visiting or surveilling web sites without leaving government IP addresses in their web logs, and for security
during sting operations.
Now with that said, Tor alone does not protect you entirely. There are certain things like cookies and browser information that an anonymous network
cannot stop. This is where the Vidalia bundle comes in. It contains Tor, but also contains software called Privoxy. Privoxy does stop cookies and
witholds browsing information. The combination of these two will essentially make you invisible to the eyes and ears of the internet.
There is far more information about it on the website, so I'll let curious readers wander over there instead of expanding this wall of text.
The Tor Project