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Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 Released 231

Mathiasdm writes "The Invisible Internet Project, also known as I2P, has seen its 0.7.2 release (download). I2P uses multiple encryption layers, and routing through several other computers to hide both sender and receiver of messages. On top of the network, regular services such as mail, browsing, file sharing and chatting are supported. This release (and all of the releases since 0.7) is at the start of a new development period, in which the I2P developers wish to spread the word about the secure network. This new release includes performance improvements, a first edition of an experimental new desktop interface and security improvements (by limiting the number of tunnels a single peer can participate in)."
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Anonymous Network I2P 0.7.2 Released

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  • Re:I2P vs TOR (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 19, 2009 @06:01PM (#27639805)

    I'm in a bit of a rush but how is this any different then say TOR?


  • Re:I2P vs TOR (Score:4, Informative)

    by x78 ( 1099371 ) <monead@naypalm.su> on Sunday April 19, 2009 @06:14PM (#27639921) Homepage

    When last I used it seemed that I2P has a whole network of ".i2p" domain things that you could only access if you were a part of the I2P network.
    Tor is just a proxying service is it not?
    I think it's something like if Tor was a private network that only Tor users could access.

  • by trust_jmh ( 651322 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @06:26PM (#27640025) Journal

    By abbreviating I2P instead of IIP they save a whole zero characters.

    It is to distinguish it from another anonymous network;
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_IRC_Project [wikipedia.org]

  • Re:Slow as usual... (Score:2, Informative)

    by linzeal ( 197905 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @06:58PM (#27640203) Homepage Journal
    That will not hide your geographical location though.
  • Re:First post? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Klaus_1250 ( 987230 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @07:13PM (#27640319)
    I've been using I2P on-and-off for quite a while, and it is way faster than 2Kbps. BitTorrent over I2P can reach speeds of 50KBps and it could probably go faster if there was a mature BitTorrent client for I2P. Latency is low as well. Overall, I2P is much more usable than TOR.
  • by DMUTPeregrine ( 612791 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @07:40PM (#27640477) Journal
    I don't know IIP, but I2p has a darknet, like freenet, but also allows routing to the internet like tor. It's just as slow as any of the other onion routers, but combines good bits from freenet and tor.
  • Re:Slow as usual... (Score:3, Informative)

    by FreenetFan ( 1182901 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @08:19PM (#27640687) Homepage

    I think you have your facts wrong. :D

    It's true, if you are a Tor "exit node" that proxies to the regular internet, you will be at risk of having your IP address associated with illegal websites. But most people don't do this.

    Standard use of I2P or Tor will put you at virtually no risk whatsoever. You are just routing encrypted traffic of which you have no idea of the content.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 19, 2009 @08:28PM (#27640741)

    I2P creates an entire seperate (though visible) network that allows tcp transport where it is impossible to connect an I2P address to an IP address. It is easy to tell who is using I2P but not what they're doing on the network. I2P also (or at least used to) includes a proxy out to the full internet. I2P is usable but often times fairly slow (mostly because alot of sites are hosted on people's cable/dsl systems).

    Invisible IRC only works for IRC, and nothing else.

    Tor is more of an anonymizing proxy than an entire seperate network. It's anonymity isn't quite as good as I2P, but in general, you'll get much better transfer rates to the regular internet through tor than I2P.

    Freenet is another approach to anonymous network, but is implemented closer to a searchable, distributed, highly redundant, encrypted filesystem. It is anonymous, but only really allows publishing and reading of content, and it is pretty much impossible to have real time (or even close) communication with it.

  • by FreenetFan ( 1182901 ) on Sunday April 19, 2009 @08:31PM (#27640767) Homepage

    I2P doesn't do data storage like Freenet.

    I2P only encrypts and anonymises the transport. It's up to you to host the services on your machine. I2P just means people can use those services (e.g. a webserver) without knowing who is hosting them, and without you knowing who is accessing them. IF you go off-line, your service goes offline too.

    Freenet, on the other hand, does have an encrypted and distributed data storage layer. You can go off-line and your website will remain available.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.