Book Review, Darknet: A Beginner's Guide to Staying Anonymous

10 Nov 2016


Darknet: A Beginner's Guide to Staying Anonymous by Lance Henderson [Available on paperback, kindle, and audible.]


This book covers the difference between online privacy and online anonymity.  As you will see as you read the book the difference is very important. It is a good book for beginners however there is an assumption of more than basic knowledge of computers and networking.  Some of his explanations are a bit grandiose.


He discusses various privacy and anonymity tools and services.  Such as:


  • Tor Onion Browser, tor exit nodes, and tor relays

    • “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.”


  • VPN or Virtual Private Networks

    • “What a VPN does is somewhat similar to what the Tor network does. It sends a different IP address to your destination, whether that is a webpage, usenet provider, or webhost.”

  • Freenet

  • I2P or Invisible Internet Project, pros and cons

  • Darknet

  • OpenNet

  • Tails

    • “Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to: use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.”


  • KeePassX

  • Password Safe



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