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PostPosted: Tue 20 Mar 2018, 20:59    Post subject:  The Invisible Internet Project
Subject description: introducing i2p-bote, an i2p email client for the paranoid

If all (or a lot) of torrent users moved over to I2P, I2P would be the central source for file sharing. I2P is designed for file sharing and communications. It has its own IRC servers, Jabber servers, torrent trackers, iMule (emule client for I2P) and many eepsites. Clearnet should not be used for anything that you don't want you government/mom/pastor? to know. Reddit

How strong is i2p?
I2P claims to be strong enough to stop your mom, your ISP, or you government from finding where you connect. While I question the last one, I decided to test it for myself. I opened up Wireshark to sniff my packets while I did some surfing the net. Not only could I not see the websites I connected to, I couldn't see myself connecting the the I2P network either. On top of that, there was no http traffic shown. Mostly TCP packets that were blank or UDP that were only full of garbled text.

I decided to visit a site to try to reveal my ip and user-agent. What came back was an ip address on the other side of the globe and a user-agent string that claimed I was using Windows. This adds another level of protection as determining an OS is usually one of the first steps in an attack.


Introduction :

how to install :

i2p is one ot the better known darknet. To access it, you need to have installed i2p, i2p-router i2p-keyring from i2p repository :
deb http://deb.i2p2.no/ unstable main (see Youtube video)

Here i focus on i2p-bote, which i would describe as an email client for the paranoid, because of its built-in end-to-end encryption.

There is also a torrent client. It is not as fast as regular torrent clients, but if more people use i2p, traffic will increase, resulting in better speed.

The clearnet :
On the clearnet, email is the least protected means of communication, unless you take some course of action to harden it.

You can use Gmail, encrypting your email from you to the receiver, but for complete protection, sender and receiver must use Gmail (still, your emails are on Google's servers, so they can be accessed - and read for any dubious or valid, legal reason).

Using Proton Mail or Tutanota is better than using Gmail. Privacy and security of information are what they live for. But it is still clearnet, not your best option.

The darknet :
Using I2P-Bote on I2P network to send encrypted emails. Unfortunately, you have to have a network of friends or collegues who use it for I2P-Bote to be useful.

In order to communicate securely, you may have to go to this extent to be sure your emails are encrypted, anonymous (if you want), in a serverless approach.

You will find sending encrypted emails is not without inconvenience, but it is worth it if you deal with sensitive content. If you write to your grand-mother to ask about her health, don't bother. It's not for you.

If you are interested trying I2P-Bote and start sending encrypted emails, knowing no server will ever be used to send or receive them in the clearnet : https://thetinhat.com/tutorials/messaging/i2pbote.html

Encryption offered by I2P-Bote :
For encryption you have four options: 256-bit Elliptic Curve, 521-bit Elliptic Curve, 2048-bit ElGamal, and NTRU-1087. ElGamal is the most researched option, but is also weaker than the Elliptic Curve options. NTRU on the other hand is supposedly resistant to Quantum computing.

Further reading :
Guide to I2P and I2P services
IprediaOS - I2p-ready OS
Firefox, FoxyProxy and i2p
How to install i2pbote


For i2prouter to work, i had to change a setting : localhost changed to instead of in i2prouter as well as in Firefox (Network Settings) for HTTP traffic. Now access to i2p sites is possible. See screenshots.

You can turn your computer into an i2p router, and at the same time use Tor browser. There is no conflict between the two. With Tor browser you have access to regular network (HTTP/HTTPS) via Tor, and you can use i2prouter to access i2p sites.

All this on top of a VPN installed as a configuration file in openvpn folder renamed openvpn.conf, so your VPN starts as a service.

There is no conflict between i2p, Tor and VPN traffic.

Finally, if privacy really matters to you, start looking out of US and UK for a VPN. Instead go for VPN providers in a country with the highest respect for privacy (EU has a few of them), and privacy activists are your best bet, because not respecting privacy is morally and ethically wrong for them, the more so since the corporate world has turn the Web as a means to know everything about us, as consumers of goods and services.

Further reading :
Political consideration to take into account when choosing a country for its privacy law, referred to as key disclosure law.

Youtube video : https://youtu.be/kz4q06jdlCE
internet speed test : https://testmy.net/

Link to pup2p : http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=113091
Link to i2fox : https://sourceforge.net/projects/i2fox/
i2p links of interest : https://www.reddit.com/r/i2p/comments/3skdqx/i2pportable_and_firefox_addon_request_for_input/
Link to tutorials : http://www.tutorials.i2p.xyz/
Link to Vuze i2pHelper plugin https://wiki.vuze.com/w/I2PHelper_HowTo
Link to I2Pberry _ I2P for the Raspberry Pi : https://github.com/m6urns/i2pberry
Link to Kovri _ the first C++ implementation of I2P technology through user-friendly interfaces : https://themerkle.com/5-exciting-monero-developments-to-look-forward-to-in-2018/
Link to GetKovri : https://getkovri.org/
Link to Tribler _ open source Peer-to-Peer file sharing program : https://www.tribler.org/about.html
Link to Mofo Linux : https://mofolinux.com/ Under active development, Mofo Linux offers i2p, as well as Tor, OpenVPN, and many other apps for the privacy-conscious internet user. Ubuntu-based. For use on USB flash drive. Use Easydd script (from EasyOS) to install.

Reddit : https://www.reddit.com/r/i2p/comments/1lk49r/i2p_vs_freenet_vs_tor/
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