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Say hello to Safeplug, Pogoplug’s $49 Tor-in-a-box for anonymous surfing

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

You may know Pogoplug as the maker of little “personal cloud” devices for streaming media from your home to your smartphone, or, if you’re more up to speed with what the company’s been doing, you may be aware of its Dropbox-battling cloud storage services. But while security has always been a necessary aspect of these plays, Pogoplug is now jumping headfirst into that space with its new product, Safeplug.

Safeplug is essentially Linux-based hardware packaging for Tor, which is slightly-hard-to-use software for people who want to surf the web anonymously. Tor does this using encryption and by bouncing everyone’s traffic around other users’ connections, making it almost – but not always — impossible to see who’s visiting which page. Safeplug also automatically blocks ads.

“We’re huge fans of Tor and are very good at building these small appliances,” Pogoplug CEO Dan Putterman told me, explaining that Safeplug just…

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