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Whonix – The all Tor anonymous platform

The process of developing an all Tor anonymous general purpose platform is underway. Based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor, the un-trackable platform has been named Whonix. Developers claim even malware with deeply bedded roots could not determine users IP addresses. This makes Whonix an even more secure option than Tor anonymity software alone.

Whonix consists of two (virtual) machines. One machine solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, named Whonix-Workstation, is on a totally isolated network. Connections through The Onion Router (Tor) are the only ones possible, making direct connections (leaks) impossible.

Whonix is at the early stages of development but already it’s been shown to work alongside VPNs, routing through remote isolated networks for even greater security.

There are positives and negatives to the new anonymous platform. By moving away from the Live CDs associated with traditional anonymity systems, Whonix offers greater functionality and easier updating. However the biggest downside is that the security of the Whonix environment relies on the existing security of its host operating systems, the virtualisation software and its configuration. The large internal surface area in turn also brings its own risks.

Whonix has the potential to be run on all computers capable of running virtualisation software, so is supported by Windows as well as Linux, OS X, BSD and Solaris.




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