Anonymity on the Internet is more of a concern now that ever in the wake of continued spying revelations by the National Security Agency. There are methods like the Tor network to remain more or less hidden online but it can be somewhat complicated to set up and use. To that end, a company called Pogoplug aims to simplify the process with a new product known as the Safeplug.
The adapter connects to your home router and uses Tor to anonymize all web requests that pass through the device, saving you the hassle of having to launch a special browser each time you want to hit the net anonymously. The device routes your traffic through random connections which is said to make it harder to track.
The Safeplug doesn’t require users to install any software on their computer and is compatible with any browser. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the company doesn’t guarantee that all of your traffic will be anonymous all of the time but hey, it’s better than nothing, right? There’s also a built-in ad blocker so you’ll no longer have to use a software solution if you’re concerned about blocking advertisements.
Pogoplug says those using the Safeplug will likely notice reductions in overall Internet speed and page loading times due to the nature of the Tor network and the fact that your traffic is being bounced to computers around the globe to remain anonymous.
The Safeplug is available as of writing for $49 plus shipping through the company’s online store.