Saturday, 28 April 2012

Exploring the Deep Web Part 5:
Safety: In Depth

I am not sure how much longer I will continue this blog, but I figure I may as well end what I started. So, I'm going to do a much more in-depth look at safe access of the Deep Web. To be as safe as possible, I'll cover only what I believe are truly anon services: Tails, and Liberte.

Liberte is a service that runs I2P through Tor, and exits with Privoxy on top of it. It runs off of a USB drive; all information that is saved is encrypted in 4096 bit. Liberte may not appeal to everybody; the browser is very, very stripped-down, and essentially just parses HTML. You can enable JavaScript if you wish, but this does have to potential to decrease your overall security. Overall, I would feel comfortable using Liberte unless I was on a watchlist and/or in China.

Tails is an OS, designed to be used from a DVD or a USB. It runs separate from your normal OS. It comes equipped with an anon web browser, email service, and IM service. I'd tend to say it's prettier than Liberte. Tails is weaker than Liberte in that it doesn't change your MAC address every time you start it up; however, this is only a problem if you're using open networks. I use Tails over Liberte because I find it much easier to work with.

Both of these anonymous services can be downloaded from the links provided. If you need any help, just ask in the comments.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

A Celebration and an Apology

Good sirs that have enjoyed my blog, I have two pieces of news for you. First, over 1000 views! Pretty exciting milestone. Second, it is exam period for me. Which means that I probably won't hit another milestone for a while, because I won't be making posts for a few weeks. So for my few dedicated followers (If any such people exist), I'd like to apologize for my future lack of posts, and hopefully you remember me come my summer vacation. 


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Exploring the Deep Web Part 4:
How to access the Deep Web safely

While the Deep Web in an amazing place, it has it's share of dangers. There are hackers who can access your data and webcam, site links that lead you to places that you may not ever want to see, and illegal activity everywhere. You will probably want to avoid these Deep Web sites, and if you accidentally come across one you won't want anybody to think you tried to access it. So, there are a few precautions you should take.

1) Social Precautions on the Deep Web

When you're on the Deep Web, you should be cautious. People may not be who they seem to be, and links may not go where you expect them to. There are a few ways that you can avoid being tricked in these social ways. The first rule is that you should never trust anybody on the Deep Web unless you are sure that they are who they say they are. Unless you can somehow determine this, don't trust what they say. You'll know if you can trust them. In terms of links you can trust, there are a number of onion link databases you can find. If you're a Deep Web beginner, you should go to the Hidden Wiki. This will have a host of links that you can trust.

2) Technology Precautions on the Deep Web

At the moment, I believe that the safest method of surfing the Deep Web is using Tails. Tails is a not-for-profit program that uses the Tor network to allow anonymity. It is loaded off of a live USB, and leaves absolutely no information on the computer it uses (unless you ask it to); this is because it runs off of RAM. Last, it encrypts all of your files and emails. Personally I use this because I don't think there will be any backdoors in it, and that it leaves no trace.

Anyway, that's all for now.