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This Box Encrypts Your Data Before Hitting The Network

Over on Kickstarter, there’s a project that aims to provide consumers with a way to access the Internet anonymously. Called the Anonabox, this device was created by August Germar and includes two Ethernet ports and one USB port (for power) – and that’s it. The campaign is looking to drum up a mere $7,500, which has been surpassed by 5,224 backers pledging a huge $331,465 so far.

The Anonabox is based on the open source software Tor, which encrypts all data flowing in and out of the user’s computer. This box will hide the user’s location and will also provide better performance than when using the Tor browser on the desktop.

According to the Kickstarter site, users don’t have any software to install or configure, nor will they need credentials to use the new device. Just plug a laptop or desktop into the box via Ethernet and user data is instantly encrypted. They can also use services like Skype, Safari and Filezilla, among others. There’s even a built-in firewall to prevent hackers from accessing the user’s PC.

That said, the Kickstarter campaign makes a surprising point. Web surfers not keen on using something like the Anonabox can use the Tor browser bundle to browse the Internet. However, the other apps and services are wide open for government tracking. By using the Anonabox, users are protected regardless of what browser or application they are using.

“As more people use the Tor network, more people accidentally reveal information about themselves by using the software incorrectly, or by simultaneously running other software that compromises their security,” the Kickstarter description said. “The Anonabox uses Tor to allow anyone to access the Internet anonymously.”

The Kickstarter page states that the project took four years to develop; this final version is the fourth generation. The first prototypes were huge in size and price. However, Germar’s team has managed to shrink the form factor down to a small box that can fit in your hand. The innards include 64 MB of memory and a 580 MHz processor.

The Anonabox is completely open-sourced on both the software and hardware fronts. Anyone can browse and audit the code, the campaign states, as well as download the schematics. This ensures users that the Anonabox is free of the back-doors and security flaws that can be seen with many routers on the market.

At press time, the Kickstarter campaign still had 28 days to go. The estimated delivery of Anonabox is January 2015.

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  • Christopher1
    Will most likely slow down the average person's browsing experience too much in the real world. TOR is fine if you are only using it to go to text websites but pages with lots of graphics, especially high resolution graphics, makes TOR choke.
    Without using TOR, one website I go to loads near instantly. With TOR? Takes nearly 10 seconds.
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  • atavax
    TOR isn't secure
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  • Christopher1
    14379202 said:
    TOR isn't secure
    Care to prove that? The fact is that TOR, when used with the proper settings, is as secure as you can reasonably get today.

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  • RogueAngel2k
    14379202 said:
    TOR isn't secure
    Care to prove that? The fact is that TOR, when used with the proper settings, is as secure as you can reasonably get today.
    14379202 said:
    TOR isn't secure
    Care to prove that? The fact is that TOR, when used with the proper settings, is as secure as you can reasonably get today.


    That is actually incorrect as well. TOR reveals your endpoint, and those of us who know what to look for, can find your habits, and then make educated assumptions of what you are doing. Fairly easy, mind you. So it is not up to us to prove to you that TOR is secure, it is up to you to not use <mod edit> assumptions to base your challenge on. :)

    <Moderator Warning: Watch your language in these forums>
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  • jehanne
    The fact that hidden Tor servers can run for years on end without being brought down by TLAs is proof that Tor, when used correctly, is secure.
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  • MKBL
    Some people say this is either fake or copy cat, not original. I'm not capable of evaluating it, so just link here.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/2j9caq/anonabox_tor_router_box_is_false_representation/
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  • oxxfatelostxxo
    all these are going to do is bog the already slow tor network down with all the naïve people that are going to try to run bit torrent expecting some magical super encrypted speed download of their illegal files..

    expect to wait days for your files =P
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  • the great randini
    this turned out to be a total fake, full of holes. Nobody give to this kick starter. open Wi-Fi by default, looks like it accepts icmp, not open source.


    http://www.networkworld.com/article/2833845/microsoft-subnet/anonabox-backpedals-on-custom-hardware-claims-as-reddit-points-at-chinese-versions.html

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  • bcarm17
    I kinda wanna buy 7 of these and link them up in series. For obvious reasons :P
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  • cypeq
    someone wants to be behind 7 anonboxies
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