November 15, 2011 11:01 PM Subscribe
posted by jeffburdges (4 comments total)
has user-friendly distributions
available for all
major platforms, including Android
. Yet, Tor has always required jail bre
, until now.
There is however one big qu
about Covert Browser
: Can you trust closed source crypto?
A priori, any closed source cryptographic software carries an enormous risk of major flaws or malicious backdoors. Do you trust this Stephan Hoffmann? If so, do you trust that Apple won't modify the App Store version?
In practical term, political dissidents should probably eschew iOS for Android's open source releases
anyways. If you aren't so important though, Covert Browser still increases your privacy and security.
There is a similar project to Tor called I2P, which although not nearly as mature, claims better optimizations for hidden services. Tor's .onion TLD might offer more hidden sites however.
You should be aware that Tor and I2P cannot provide message security, which requires off-the-record messaging for IM and GnuPG for Email. Tor Browser bundles do however employ the Eff's HTTPS Everywhere for post exit node encryption.
This post was deleted for the following reason: Wow, I realize how weird it is to delete this today, but this post is full of editorializing, first-person voice, and really is a your-own-blog kind of thing. If someone wants to do a more objective post on the Tor news, that's fine. -- taz