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Discussion in 'Backup and Security' started by Tom B, Apr 13, 2012.

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    Tom B

    Free service offers users anonymous IP address, encrypted Internet history

    By Joshua Peterson - The Daily Caller 12:56 PM 04/12/2012

    A new app seeks to protect user privacy while surfing the Internet, providing a solution to growing consumer privacy concerns.

    Cocoon — available for Firefox, Internet Explorer and iOS devices — encrypts user browsing history, conducts antivirus scanning of downloads, blocks malware, assigns the user an anonymous IP address and provides a user account with “on-the-fly disposable email addresses.” The app also enables secure public WiFi for businesses who provide free WiFi to their customers.

    An ad-supported version of the app is available for free. Inexpensive ad-free versions are also available for download.

    In addition to the app, the Cocoon blog provides user privacy tips for surfing the Internet and using social networking sites.

    “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of privacy in the so called ‘privacy policies’ with sites such as Google and Facebook, and they are reacting by taking more control of their online data,” Vernon Irvin, president and CEO of Virtual World Computing, the creator of Cocoon, told TheDC.

    “We saw a 30% rise in sign-ups of our online privacy and security software, Cocoon, after Google recently started combining all the data from users of its products to create a mega-profile on each consumer,” said Irvin.

    A recent survey by FishNet Security found that information security officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the privacy and security risks of mobile cloud computing.

    The Obama administration and various lawmakers are pushing for new consumer privacy regulations. In March the Obama administration announced its support for a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”

    Irvin told TheDC that he views Cocoon as a free-market solution to increasing concerns about privacy.

    “We are living in an increasingly interconnected world — whether using desktops or mobile devices our personal and business data is at risk,” said Irvin. “I believe private market solutions can address the privacy issue right now, while we wait for new privacy legislation.”
  2. curious to know why you care so much?

  3. He cares so much for the same reasons you should care.

    Don't start that shit about you don't care what the Feds know, you're not doing anything wrong........

    It's not about what any of us are doing, it's about what the Feds choose to make of it.
  4. wilburbear, that sounds upsetting and frightening. :( :eek: Is it true, just like the communist countries?
  5. Relax buddy... I host machines for others - I am well aware of what it means to have others doing 'stuff' on my hardware.

    I just find it funny that people think that a service provider will not rat them out.

    If I have a choice between going to jail or giving out an IP address - I'm going to give out the IP address.
  6. zdreg


    i've noticed on youtube that sometimes videos cannot be accessed because of copyright violations in the country where are they getting your ip address from. is this service a workaround and does somebody have a different workaround?
  7. IP address is generally not enough to can someone. Cheers
  8. Some Forex dealers also block their websites from visitors from the USA to comply with the no solicitation rule.


  9. There's always a workaround.

    I saw one for this on Reddit. So come up with your best Google search terms and then just add "Reddit".
    #10     May 28, 2012