Before the arrest of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht made headlines a few years ago, most everyday web users had never heard of Tor. Originally developed by US Naval Research Laboratory employees, Tor (an acronym for “The Onion Router”) is a popular piece of software designed to enable truly anonymous communications online. Today, it’s estimated that approximately 2.5 million users use Tor on a daily basis.
Yes, there really are two Internets — the one that most of us use and the so-called “dark web” used by all manner of criminals to conduct nefarious business without being tracked by law enforcement officials. BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein spent an entire week hanging out on the Internet’s seedy underbelly, which he says consists of “scammers, drug dealers, and endearing dorks.” More →
Users looking to anonymize everything they do online in order to protect their privacy and/or hide from advertisers can always use the Tor browser, although their online experience might completely change once the switch to Tor is made. However, users who don’t want to change their Internet surfing habits while making them more private should check out Anonabox, a tiny WiFi router that directs all data through the Tor network, protecting everything you do online, not just your browsing activity. More →
Being anonymous online is very difficult in the current Internet landscape that’s filled with companies and government agencies looking to either keep tabs on your Internet habits, or to monitor all your communications — but there are ways to be completely anonymous online, a new Wired report reveals. More →
So here’s some sort-of good news: Cybercriminals might be just as freaked out about the Heartbleed bug as the rest of us. Trend Micro analyst J.D. Sherry writes that revelations about the gaping hole in the Open SSL, the security protocol used to encrypt web traffic, have caused “shell shock in the Deep Web as many of the hidden services within the TOR (The Onion Router) are impacted as well.”
It’s very difficult to have a discussion about online anonymity without mentioning Tor. Tor is best known for its secure browser, which will allegedly protect your privacy as long as you avoid torrents, browser plugins and document downloads, but now the team wants to expand its services even further. More →
The rabbit hole that is the Internet goes much deeper than most people know. In fact, the World Wide Web as we know it represents just 4% of networked web pages — the remaining 96% of pages make up what many refer to as the “Invisible Internet,” “Invisible Web” or “Deep Web.” This massive subsection of the Internet is 500 times bigger than the visible Web and is not indexed by search engines like Google. More →
Anyone looking to surf the web on their iPhone without running the risk of being snooped on by the National Security Agency may want to check out a browser created by web developer Mike Tigas. As Business Insider reports, Tigas’s Onion Browser connects your iPhone or iPad to the Tor network that uses multi-level encryption to send your traffic through several different servers before sending it through to your device and thus keeps you completely anonymous on the web. The browser costs $0.99 and is available on Apple’s App Store, although the app apparently won’t work if you’re living in China, Iran or France.