Online privacy and freedom is vanishing. Marketers and criminals alike track your online activities while Internet filtering becomes increasingly common. Governments and Internet Service Providers around the world are trying to restrict the information that you can access.
BitBlinder aims to preserve your privacy and keep your IP address safe from them. It also allows you to avoid most restrictions and filters on you Internet access. BitBlinder supports both BitTorrent and normal web traffic, with more applications coming soon.
BitBlinder mixes your Internet traffic with the traffic of everyone else in the BitBlinder network. That way, no one can can know where you go or what you do online.
BitBlinder works by having a peer in our network act as a proxy for you. Instead of requesting a page from the website itself, BitBlinder asks the peer to get the page and send it back to you. Since the connection to the peer is encrypted, eavesdroppers don’t know what information you sent–they don’t even know that you visited the website! Of course, the website itself doesn’t know you exist since it received the request from your peer, not you.
The previous setup does help guard your privacy, but it can still get better. In the last setup, the peer knows who you are and the website you visited–everything he needs to compromise your identity! BitBlinder offers even stronger protection for those who need it by using multiple peers in a row. Instead of simply asking your peer to go to the website for you, BitBlinder now asks your peer to send your request through two other peers. This way, each peer only knows the previous and next person to talk to, so no one can figure out both your identity and the website that you went to.
Another great benefit of proxying Internet traffic is that it also helps avoid filters. Filters generally work by restricting access to certain IP addresses. BitBlinder naturally avoids this type of filter since your requests are going to a random peer, not the blocked site. Of course, filtering in real life is much more complicated and BitBlinder may or may not help in your situation.
Normally, whenever you visit a website, your computer reveals your IP address to the site and anyone else who might be watching. This means that your Internet Service Provider or someone on your wireless network can see everything you do online. Even encryption, which hides the contents of the pages you view, does not prevent this attack on your privacy. These examples apply equally well to BitTorrent where even more third parties (eg peers and trackers) know your identity.
Note: You must have an account to use BitBlinder.
Runs on Windows XP or higher, Mac (coming soon) and Linux
Download: BitBlinder 0.6.2