Internet Privacy Tools for Online SafetyBy Robert Siciliano October 17, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Internet Safety, Personal Safety
dealers, child pornographers, terrorists and criminal hackers, are often
sharing the same Internet privacy tools as law enforcement, domestic violence
victims and citizens of oppressive governments who most likely use a “darknet”
which is an anonymous secret internet designed to cover their tracks and
protect them from internet surveillance. The “darknet” is used by
both good and bad people with various intentions.
internet security tools are designed to work like a private tunnel through the
then there’s the government funded “Tor” project. The Boston Globe reports “Tor stands for ‘the onion routing’ project, initiated by
the US Naval Research Laboratory in the 1990s to camouflage government
communications by sending messages through a system of computers. The project
was expanded in 2001 by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who
made the technology more accessible to civilians.”
Government officials say they support the project because it
provides potentially life-saving online safety and privacy
for the people who need it most. “Tor is
a publicly available tool. It is used by activists and bloggers, by average US
citizens protecting against identity theft, and by military and law enforcement
officers conducting investigations and intelligence gathering,’’ a State
Department spokesman said.
Just because internet privacy tools can be used for bad
reasons by bad people doesn’t mean anonymous web browsing is bad. A baseball
bat can be used for bad reasons too.
For someone who is a victim of a stalker or domestic
violence, privacy software like this can be a lifesaver.
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