Encryption is important. Because of the way the
Tor network works, the last Tor server your communications flow through can see whatever you’re
doing. Some snarky server operators even have
posted lightly edited logs of usernames and passwords they’ve gleaned. An encrypted connection
protects you from this kind of eavesdropping.
The primary downside with Hushmail is that you
have to log into your account at least once every
3 weeks or it will be deactivated. Upgrading it to a
paid version solves that problem, but the federal
government has made it tricky to transfer funds
anonymously. (Hushmail does accept the Liberty
Reserve online payment system and, of course,
money orders sent through the post.)
5. CREATE A BLOGGER
Creating a new blog is straightforward enough,
but anonymous publishing involves some twists.
First, I’ve had some problems recently using Tor
and WordPress — cookies don’t seem to be passed
through properly — and wouldn’t recommend it.
Fortunately, Google’s Blogger ( blogger.com) works
nicely with Tor and doesn’t even require an email
address to get started.
Second, to make it more difficult to identify the
author, you should time your posts to appear a few
minutes or hours in the future. Otherwise you risk
the unpleasant situation of a network administrator
100 Make: Volume 15
Internet anonymity is a
high-wire tightrope act: one
tiny technological misstep,
and you’re doomed.
(perhaps at a school or corporation) learning that
you’ve been connecting to Tor at the precise time a
blog entry was posted.
If you feel like giving something back to the
unpaid volunteers who made your anonymous web
browsing possible, you can become one yourself
by configuring Vidalia to relay traffic. And the Tor
Project happily accepts donations at torproject.org/
Publius prefers to write anonymously about anonymity.
I mix tiny amounts of touch-up stains in
those little plastic artist palettes. They have
six wells that hold about a teaspoon each.
I don’t clean up after using it, but instead
“reactivate” the stain with solvent next time
I need a little dab. It’s a great way to have a variety
of colors available at the ready. —Frank Joy
Find more tools-n-tips at makezine.com/tnt.