This may need its own topic, but since someone brought the idea up here, I’m going to post it here…
The idea of a Tor Hidden Service (.onion page) on the AR-150 has crossed my mind before, but I’d never really thought of how useful it may be until now. One of the main benefits that I can think of, is that TOR handles all of the tricky & difficult network tasks, no need to set up an IP-forward, no need to change any firewall, routing, or port configurations, no need to expose any of your ports to the public and as long as the TOR client is successfully configured. All you have to do is host an otherwise local website on 127.0.0.1.
If you travel with your tor-router this would allow you to have a private, secure website for yourself, or anyone that has the address, that follows you wherever you go (as long as you can access a tor connection). You could have a webcam for your hotel room when you’re away. You could share a flash drive that you don’t want to carry on your person. You could setup a secure “dropbox” that’s not on the public internet. Those are just website examples, you can use Tor Hidden Services for any internet protocol. I can’t even think of all the applications that this would open up, but I bet someone will come up with many “killer apps”.
I’m not certain how recent the tor package is on the AR-150, but it needs to be pointed out that for tor to be considered reasonably secure, tor needs to be kept up to date and properly configured. This goes for both web browsing and hidden services.
Some of the main benefits of Tor Hidden Services over a standard webpage are:
Secure if configured correctly and tor is up to date
Your IP is not revealed
Encrypted end to end without the need for SSL (https)
It guarantee’s that you are connecting to the correct server with no risk of a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack
Directions for setting up a Tor Hidden Service are here: