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xB Browser: a free Firefox and Tor-based secure anonymous portable web browser

July 17, 2007

Fear of your identities being revealed by eavesdropper, data thieves, your naughty network admin, and your hostile competitor or government will spy on you while surfing the Internet or to bypass website censorship and firewalls?. The xB Browser from XeroBank is for you, xB Browser is an anonymous portable browser, it's designed to run off a USB stick and keeps surfers' identities private and scrubs tracks from host computers and browsers.

xB Browser, formerly named TorPark is a combination of Portable Firefox browser and Tor the onion router. No need to explain what is Firefox, you knew it well. What is Tor ?, Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.

Screenshot and more explanation inside.

Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. People or organization who are paranoid of FBI's carnivore and magic lantern or just want to keep web surfing activities private from eavesdropper or key-logger, Tor will help you. Activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are supporting Tor's development as a mechanism for maintaining civil liberties online. You might have read Dan Brown's Digital Fortress, and curious about NSA's super computer named "TRANSLTR" or their activities on sniffing citizen telecommunication and fear of a conspiracy theory out there, Tor is providing you a way to defend against the possibility of privacy threats.

By combining the power of Firefox and Tor, you'd get the secure portable internet browser, you're just a click away from anonymous surfing. The browser clears all data that was created upon exit or on demand. For the security reason Tor does not allow you to run another version of Firefox concurrently. You can test whether xBBrowser anonymity is running by pointing the browser at a Web site like whatismyip.com or ipchicken.com; the IP address reported by the site should be different than it is in a native browser

Since the Tor network relies on volunteers to donate bandwidth, your web traffic bounces and encrypted through so many servers spread so far apart, therefor the speed might be a bit slow, but it is worth for the security you gained, and the more people who run servers, the faster the Tor network will be. Just by providing 20kb bandwidth each way you can run your own Tor server. For speed reason, you can turn the Tor routing features off by toggle the Tor preference at the right bottom corner of the xBBrowser whenever you don't need its security enabled, with Tor off, your browsing speed returns to normal.

XeroBank, is also offers paid services total network encryption for professionals.

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