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

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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

  • “Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing. Browse websites, post on forums, and publish files within Freenet with strong privacy protections.”

  • 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

  • Cross Platform Password Manager

  • Password Safe

  • Simple & Secure Password Management

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