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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Anonymous Mozilla web browser

A group of computer security experts and human rights workers has released an anonymous, fully portable web browser based on Mozilla Firefox.

The Torpark browser comes pre configured and does not require installation. It can run off of a USB memory stick, and claims to leave no tracks behind on the browser or computer. The browser uses The Tor network to create an anonymous connection between the user and the websites being visited.

Normally when a user logs onto the internet, a IP address is assigned to manage the computer's identity. Each website the user visits can see and track the user's IP address. Hostile site owners and data thieves can monitor this interaction to correlate activity and pinpoint a user's identity.

The Tor network causes the IP address seen by the website to change every few minutes to make eavesdropping difficult and hide the requesting source.

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