Tor alone is not enough to keep your identity safe on the Internet. Tor is like a warm base layer in the winter. The TinyHardwareFirewall (THF) provides three very good base layers: the firewall, the vpn and Tor. Any one of these might be enough for you, we don’t know. We don’t know how cold it is where you live or how warm you want or need to be. The threat model facing a Canadian 15 year old on Facebook is different than the threat model faced by a journalist living under an illegitimate narco cleptocracy, so YMMV.
Our current favorite hardened OS solution is Cubes OS with the TinyHardwareFirewall. It enjoys the physical separation afforded by using a hardware firewall (with VPN and Tor) and a "Security by Compartmentalization" approach. This combo yields near bare metal performance from the XEN hypervisor and a fine grained application security model. Some assembly is required and we are frankly still working towards a solution that fits all of our requirements. We are encouraged by our results thus far we will make a full report in the blog soon.
The list privacy enhancing software below is brief, but we use all of these and more in our day to day operations. WiFiConsulting, inc. has no financial interest in any of these companies.
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