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What Is Onion Routing, Exactly? [MakeUseOf Explains]

What Is Onion Routing, Exactly? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Internet privacy. Anonymity was one of the greatest features of the Internet in its youth (or one of its worst features, depending on who you ask). Leaving aside the sorts of problems that spring forth from anonymous interaction, such as the lack of consequences, Internet privacy and anonymity is important for preventing some serious crimes, like identity theft. And so when topics related to Internet privacy pop up, you’ll often hear of “private browsing” and “proxy servers” and such. But honestly, the Internet is never truly anonymous. For the most part, your activities can be traced back to you; the only difference is how difficult it is to trace your actions back to you. The Basics Of Onion Routing One way to understand onion routing is to start with the concept of proxy servers. But proxy servers aren’t exactly anonymous. Onion routing is like an advanced form of proxy routing. A Simple Example Have you ever heard of Tor? How You Can Benefit From Onion Routing Conclusion The takeaway?

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