Want to Surf the Web Securely? Read This

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – Everyone likes to feel secure, so why is it that so many people use their computers to surf the internet and work online without thinking about their safety? Online security and personal privacy issues are at the forefront of the news, and we at ReviewLoftfeel it’s time to get serious. Around the globe, stories abound about people having their identities stolen, their data mined for resale and their computers, bank accounts and credit cards hacked. Now that computers are an indispensable part of people’s lives, the need for protection online is vital. No longer is this only an option for tech-minded geniuses.

Anonabox, a company founded in 2014 as part of a crowdfunding campaign, has a passion for providing internet security and privacy for all of its users. Based in Chico, CA, this innovative tech company is at the forefront of its field, helping customers avoid censorship and hide their web surfing activities. Whether browsing the web, sending an email to a friend, sharing a file with a family member, or accessing a credit card account online, Anonabox has users’ backs.

At ReviewLoft, we played around with two of Anonabox’s little gems, the Tunneler VPN Router and the Fawkes Wifi TOR Router. Simply put, these little devices are private bridges between devices and network connections, helping users get through firewalls and keep what they are doing to themselves. Whether someone is using their office network or accessing public wifi while out and about, Anonabox is securing their internet connection, ensuring that all their information is encrypted and inaccessible to those who should not be watching.

To get a bit more technical, both the Tunneler and Fawkes routers use technology created by the U.S. Navy to preserve anonymous internet browsing by routing traffic across a series of relays that keep identities as anonymous as possible. The main difference between the two is that the Tunneler uses a preconfigured Virtual Private Network (VPN) provided through Anonabox’s partnership with HMA (HideMyAss)! Pro VPN (which has a monthly cost after the one-month free trial period is over). This makes it faster though a bit less secure than the Fawkes router, which is a bit slower because it bounces traffic through a series of relays, making it the more secure of the two. Phew, that was a mouthful! Both devices, however, allow users to have encrypted access to the commonly known visible web and the lesser-known dark or deep web.

No matter how complicated that may sound, setup is fairly easy (though not for beginners), and each device comes with a booklet that guides the user through the process. All that is required is an internet connection (wireless or wired), a device, a USB power source, a little bit of patience and of course an Anonabox wifi router. Once connected, let the anonymous surfing begin.

So which option is best? Well, the Tunneler is definitely the simpler of the two; it’s faster and easier to use but has a monthly cost for HMA’s service. The Fawkes router, on the other hand, requires a bit more tech savvy since it’s customizable. It also has no monthly fee and is a good choice for users for whom anonymity is a top priority. Still can’t decide? There is still one more option, the Anonabox PRO. Though we at ReviewLoft have not tested this device, it is a combination of the Tunneler and the Fawkes, and may just be the go-to device for those who want to have TOR and VPN capabilities in one device.

In this day and age, it’s clear that we need some assistance protecting ourselves when we go online. So whether someone is working from home, putting time in at the local coffee house or accessing the internet while traveling abroad, Anonabox helps them feel safer, knowing that their online activity and personal information are secure. To find out more about these amazing little devices, please visit anonabox.com.

ReviewLoft received and tested the Anonabox before writing this review. No other compensation was received.  See our Review Policy at ReviewLoft.com

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