Tuesday, January 28, 2014
We get this question all the time. ”Is Tor safe? Can I use it with Unseen to reroute my stuff and hide it?”
Here are two recent news reports for your information. Tor was originally sponsored by the US Naval Research Laboratory. Recent reports in the Washington Post blogs indicated that a large amount of funding for Tor comes from the US Government:
But some on a Tor-related e-mail list recently pointed out that a substantial chunk of the Tor Project’s 2012 operating budget came from the Department of Defense, which houses the NSA….
Last year, DoD funding accounted for more than 40 percent of the Tor Project’s $2 million budget. Other major donors include the U.S. State Department, which has an interest in promoting Internet freedom globally, and the National Science Foundation. Add up all those sources, and the government covers 60 percent of the costs of Tor’s development.
It’s widely known that many of the nodes on the Tor system have been compromised, as well. This recent Gizmodo report that the FBI seized all the Tor email and is now using it to catch hackers should also be considered a warning to those who think Tor is safe from spying.
If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail. And now it’s using that information to take on the Darknet.
Clearly, Tor isn’t what people originally thought it would be. You can’t just look at a piece of technology, you have to look at the moral character of the people involved.
What should you do? The only solution is to create technology that combines truly secure encryption (not from public opensource libraries) with a reliable network of nodes provided by people you can trust. Our encryption offers a significant upgrade to those offered by public opensource libraries, I’m not bragging when I say it’s some of the best encryption you can get at a public web site (for free, even!!). It’s safe to say our desktop clients (Windows, Mac and Ubuntu) will all have the ability in the near future to provide some level of routing functionality. After all, securely moving things to the edge of the internet is where people will need to be in the future.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
We just pushed out an upgrade to our payment capabilities and you will now be able to purchase Unseen.is premium services with Bitcoin. We had a lot of requests for Bitcoin from our customers who were looking for convenience and privacy and now we’ve got it.
We also completed the testing today of our new credit card processor in Iceland, Korta. They are well known for supporting new and emerging companies with great service. Best of all they’re based in Iceland.
In addition to Bitcoin and credit/debit cards, we also accept Paypal.
For those desiring more privacy, you are welcome to mail in cash to our Icelandic address or a mailing box we still maintain in the US. Those addresses can be found in our Terms of Service.
One thing we are considering is to be able to accept gift cards from Walmart, Starbucks or other retailers as a form of payment. We might have to add a small surcharge to the purchase, but you could go to many places to buy the card with cash, get a coffee, then come home and pay for Unseen with complete privacy. Let us know in the comments what you think about that idea.
Friday, January 24, 2014
UPDATED – Please note this UPDATE FROM JIM STONE:
UNSEEN.IS WORKING NOW (Original post redacted, RE READ TOP POST, UPDATED)
There’s a post making the rounds at budgetcamerareview.com, a number of people have asked us if this is true. Back when this story was written by Jim Stone in October of last year, we had just started our move to Iceland, so things were in a state of flux and some things were still being moved and frankly some things still didn’t work right. The move to Iceland was completed in February, when all the domain servers and domains were formally moved to Iceland. It’s there now.
Here’s the whois listing, you can check for yourself, it’s all Iceland:
WHOIS information for unseen.is:**
% This is the ISNIC Whois server.
% Rights restricted by copyright.
% See https://www.isnic.is/en/about/copyright
descr: Unseen ehf.
descr: I?unnarbrunni 5
descr: IS-113 Reykjav?k
created: July 16 2013
expires: July 16 2015
role: Unseen ehf.
address: Idunnarbrunnur 5
address: IS-101 Reykjav?k
created: May 9 2014
role: Unseen ehf.
address: I?unnarbrunnur 5
address: IS-113 Reykjav?k
created: December 12 2013