Privacy is a big deal to a lot of people, no matter what all those government spooks say, but it generally takes too much effort for ordinary folk to achieve. After all, who wants to spend hours researching and setting up complex software and hardware to keep prying eyes at bay? Well now there’s a very cool alternative.
PAPARouter is a very simple plug and play box which automatically routes all of your Internet traffic through the Tor network, which is the encrypted network which provides privacy for all kinds of net communications. The key thing about the PAPARouter is you don’t need to know anything about technology, all you have to do is plug it into your normal home router with an Ethernet cable and then access the web using its WiFi connection.
The other cool part about PAPARouter is the fact that after routing your data over the Tor network it only uses exits (the point where your Tor data emerges onto the ‘generic’ Internet network) in countries which are not friendly to state snooping from US and UK authorities. This adds an additional layer of privacy as it should be harder for the spooks to tap into your data and work out where it originates from. More info on Tor is here.
The important thing to note about Tor is it doesn’t guarantee anonymity, you still need to adopt proper procedures (e.g. using privacy settings in browsers, deleting cookies etc etc). But if privacy is your thing, then this $99.95 box is definitely a solid start. The product works with Mac, Linux, Windows and anything else that can connect to a standard WiFi access point. Not available for sale outside the USA.