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3067RE: [webanalytics] TOR

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  • Jon Bovard
    Aug 1, 2005
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      "A stalker could use traffic analysis to learn whether you're in a certain Internet cafe..."
       
      I love it. There will be Hollywood movies next.
      Clearly every web analytics professional is a perverted internet wierdo.
       
       
       
      -----Original Message-----
      From: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com [mailto:webanalytics@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gibbard, Simon
      Sent: 2005/08/01 12:36
      To: webanalytics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [webanalytics] TOR

      Here’s one to watch..

       

       

      http://tor.eff.org/

       

       

      The following is taken from the homepage

       

       

      Tor's technology aims to provide Internet users with protection against "traffic analysis," a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

      Traffic analysis is used every day by companies, governments, and individuals that want to keep track of where people and organizations go and what they do on the Internet. Instead of looking at the content of your communications, traffic analysis tracks where your data goes and when, as well as how much is sent. For example, online advertising companies like Fastclick and Doubleclick uses traffic analysis to record what web pages you've visited, and can build a profile of your interests from that. A pharmaceutical company could use traffic analysis to monitor when the research wing of a competitor visits its website, and track what pages or products that interest the competitor. IBM hosts a searchable patent index, and it could keep a list of every query your company makes. A stalker could use traffic analysis to learn whether you're in a certain Internet cafe.

      Tor aims to make traffic analysis more difficult by preventing eavesdroppers from finding out where your communications are going online, and by letting you decide whether to identify yourself when you communicate.

       

       

      Simon

       



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