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Tor vs I2P

Privacy-aware individuals know that in todays world of ISP data retention being measured in petabytes and massive supercomputing resources being thrown at traffic analysis by both governments and private industry alike, individuals must take it upon themselves to ensure the freedoms that come with anonymous information access and communication. Two of the most popular tools for doing so on the internet are Tor and I2P.

On the surface, I2P appears to provide many of the same benefits that Tor does. Both allow anonymous access to online content, both make use of a peer-to-peer-like routing structure, and both operate using layered encryption. However, I2P was designed from the ground up to provide a different set of benefits. The primary use case for Tor is enabling anonymous access of the public internet with hidden services as an ancillary benefit. I2P on the other hand, was designed from day one to be a true “darknet.” Its primary function is to be a “network within the internet,” with traffic staying contained in its borders.

Both are compared and contrasted in an article in the IVPN web site at: https://www.ivpn.net/privacy-guides/an-introduction-to-tor-vs-i2p.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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