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U/Torpark : the safest way to browse the web

Like the German U-Boat (opens in new tab) during the second world war, U-Torpark is a way to navigate stealthily in the troubled waters of the world wide web.

TorPark is a 5.6MB self extractable package that you can shove in your PDA/MP3 player or flash drive, as long as it is connected to your computer. TorPark is made up of two technologies. On one hand you have portable Firefox and on the other, the Onion router.

The Onion Routing program is a mesh of projects aiming at building and maintaining anonymous communication systems. You can read more about it on their website (opens in new tab).

Since Onion Routing effectively redirects you to their networks and encrypts your communication in the same process, the browsing experience will not be the same as during an unprotected one. But when you live in countries like China or Iran where the liberty of browsing is stifled, anonymous surfing is life-saving and speed comes second.

You will occasionally encounter delays and even time-outs, even more so if the Onion Router network is under strain due to too much traffic. However, if you can live with these limitations, then, why not use it. Surprisingly, there is no Linux version.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.