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Anonabox- what do you think of it?


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You could create something like that yourself, but the question really is: Why bother?

Being anonymous is a concious decision you need to make before you begin this endeavour. If you're not careful you can still be targeted. Log into your gmail once from your TOR-protected session and voila! Your identity is now known to all of humanity (well, Google, but that's almost the same thing).

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what does the community think of the Ananonabox that is coming out?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/augustgermar/anonabox-a-tor-hardware-router

it seems promising but i have heard some bad things how its just a router that has more ram on it and the creator is leaving it for devs to finish.

could we create our own project?

Kos just needs to update his tor module.

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The broader problem with Anonabox is that it's just plain dangerous. It's the type of product that gets people killed.

Anonymity is hard. Very hard. It's never going to be as simple or as easy as plugging a box into your network. The developers of Tor recommend using TBB or Tails for very good reasons. Your browser (and all your other network-aware applications) will leak far more information than even sophisticated users tend to realize, and it is far from trivial to configure your browser securely and browse the Internet safely while remaining anonymous. So difficult, that if you manage to do everything properly you would probably stick out like a sore thumb because you'd be one of a very small number of users to do so.

Products like this prey on people who need real security but lack the skills and sophistication to do it properly. It lulls them into a false sense of security where they are more likely to put themselves at risk and put themselves and/or those they care about in harms way.

I don't recommend this project.

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Dibs on the marketing name "Anonxbox"!

Called it.

And no, since the anonabox is a vaporware lump of overpriced plastic that, given the current batch of bad publicity, probably never will be built anymore.

Did you actually read any of the comments posted?

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Dibs on the marketing name "Anonxbox"!

Called it.

And no, since the anonabox is a vaporware lump of overpriced plastic that, given the current batch of bad publicity, probably never will be built anymore.

Did you actually read any of the comments posted?

no i just had this idea and wanted to post it

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Now if I plugged a xbox into this would that anonimize the ip because that would be interesting since there is nothing on the market that could do that right now???

The OnionPi already does exactly the same thing. A $30 RaspberryPi plus some free software and documentation are already available on the market right now to do this. But it's not secure, so if you build one, don't use it to do anything stupid.

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The OnionPi already does exactly the same thing. A $30 RaspberryPi plus some free software and documentation are already available on the market right now to do this. But it's not secure, so if you build one, don't use it to do anything stupid.

could you elaborate on what you mean by its not secure

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could you elaborate on what you mean by its not secure

Tor may be reasonably secure at anonymizing your traffic at OSI Layer 4, however all the layers above that are unprotected by Tor. Unless you are using applications which were specifically configured/designed to protect your anonymity, your computer/devices are likely to leak identifiable information about you and undo the advantages of using Tor.

Devices like the Anonabox or Onion Pi are designed for convenience. To allow you to use your normal web browser over the Tor network. However convenience and security are always at odds with each other. Your normal browser for web surfing is almost certainly not properly secured for protecting your anonymity on Tor.

It's for these very reasons that the Tor Browser Bundle and Tails were created. They provide you with a safe(er) environment in which to browse the web without leaking as much about your identity. So Anonabox and Onion Pi both encourage an unsafe way of using Tor. They give you a false sense of security, where you expect your identity to be protected but the rest of the system is actually giving away identifiable information about you. This is dangerous.

The recent Hak5 episode on OpenGarden discusses some very similar issues. The OpenGarden mesh is promoting itself as a tool for protesters, but by using OpenGarden they are literally broadcasting their position and identity in the clear over 2.4GHz (whether over WiFi or Bluetooth). So a government goon could easily single them out. Talk to your local Hams about "fox hunting" if you want to learn about how easy it is to find an offending station.

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  • 4 weeks later...

lets just be honest. This is nothing new.

You can do the same thing with any dd-wrt or open-wrt router.

Also i like a separation in the between using a regular network and tor.

I have different "rules of use" for each set-up. If tor was constantly running in the background of a router, like MR. Cooper pointed out, you probably wouldn't stay "anonymous" for long.

This also brings me to another point, Tor in no longer Anonymous, It is an added layer of protection and does make it more difficult to track, but not anonymous.

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