Technology

Hiding Online

Your own private Internet

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A "darknet" is a private online network that's invisible to the rest of the Internet. Foreign dissidents, domestic whistleblowers, jewel thieves, and other parties who have strong incentives to keep their online activities secret have been using darknets for years. But creating them currently requires cumbersome software and a fair amount of geek prowess.

That may soon change. Billy Hoffman and Matt Wood, two Hewlett-Packard employees who specialize in security and networks, have created a new browser-based darknet tool called Veiled. By their account, the software makes it much simpler to create a darknet quickly and offers easy-to-use encryption protocols. This would allow private communication clusters to form and dissolve smoothly while remaining completely hidden from other Internet users. Hoffman and Wood presented their research in late July at Black Hat USA Las Vegas, a technical security conference.

With earlier darknet tools, Wood told SearchSecurity.com in June, "you have to actually install software and do a lot of configuration. It's really not easy to join and leave. Because Veiled is kind of browser-based it's really easy for people to get together and create a darknet." Close your browser, and the whole session disappears forever safe from the prying eyes of governments, corporations, or your mom. 

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  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

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