[tor-talk] "Safeplug"

Sean Alexandre sean at alexan.org
Fri Nov 22 11:25:33 UTC 2013

On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 04:50:44PM +0600, Roman Mamedov wrote:
> https://pogoplug.com/safeplug
> Someone should buy this and post a teardown. :)
> (via
> http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/11/22/49-safeplug-tor-router-let-you-browse-the-net-anonymously/ )

I think these kind of devices configured for Tor make good relays, but aren't
great for anonymity. Tor anonymizes your IP address and DNS requests, but
application protocols can still reveal your identity. 

>From "Want Tor to really work?" [1]: "Tor does not protect all of your
computer's Internet traffic when you run it.  Tor only protects your
applications that are properly configured to send their Internet traffic
through Tor. To avoid problems with Tor configuration, we strongly recommend
you use the Tor Browser Bundle. It is pre-configured to protect your privacy
and anonymity on the web as long as you're browsing with the Tor Browser
itself. Almost any other web browser configuration is likely to be unsafe to
use with Tor."

Articles like these [2,3] should talk about being good relays versus being good
for anonymity. 

[1] https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en#warning
[2] http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/11/22/49-safeplug-tor-router-let-you-browse-the-net-anonymously/
[3] http://learn.adafruit.com/onion-pi/

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