TOR for good [soapbox]

TOR is easily conflated with criminal activity and evil.  But at least one library in NH has taken the position of supporting, or at least not actively blocking TOR: in spite of concerns that the same access could allow illegal activities.  The library is not a passive bystander, but operates a TOR relay that participates in […]

Blow That Whistle! (but be safe)

I just noticed on the Washington Post newspaper web page a nice collection of ways to confidentially communicate between journalists and tipsters.   One of them is SecureDrop, which was already discussed earlier.   It’s probably a good idea to just become familiar with these channels of communication, even practice it before you need it. […]

TOR, the onion router

TOR has many parts.   They fall into three general categories:  Clients (using the TOR browser), and servers (“hidden servers”) are used to both anonymize the user’s IP address and to reach hidden servers.   Hidden servers can hide their IP address and the physical location associated with that IP address.   Then there is […]


Encryption of messages is sometimes not enough.  If you don’t want to leave a trail of evidence that leads back to your door,  “Off the Record” communications can be very handy when messages self-destruct.  Some of you might be old enough to remember Peter Graves watching the tape player push out a cloud of smoke […]


Anonymous, untraceable file and message drop for whistleblowers sending tips to news organizations and journalists. To protect both journalists and whistleblowers, an anonymous tipline with the ability to transfer files to the dropbox is essential. No more meeting Deep Throat in the garage to get information about the Watergate incident reported by the Washington Post. […]