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.
Anonabox has just passed its $7,500 Kickstarter goal, and it’s currently at almost $11,000 with 29 days to go in the campaign, meaning that it’s supposed to head to production soon. The gadget costs $45 on Kickstarter (the cheapest Early Bird Special version) and should ship in January, once the first round of devices is made.
As seen in the video below, the Anonabox is very easy to set up, offering “encryption for everyone” as soon as it’s powered and connected to the regular Wi-Fi router you may already have installed in your home.
“The Anonabox easily encrypts Internet usage with a simple device that secures all web traffic, not just the traffic coming from one program,” the company wrote. “No software to download or configure, no login credentials, no registration, just plug it in and your network connection is encrypted. The Anonabox also allows people to use programs over Tor that never supported it before or required complicated configuration like Skype, Safari and Filezilla, to name just a few. Also the default firewall configuration protects your computer or network from outside access.”
A video explaining Anonabox follows below.
UPDATE: Since Anonabox launched on Kickstarter, many people have raised doubts about the project claims, after discovering the device is a close copy of a Chinese Wi-Fi router rather than an original creation – read more about it here.