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Anonabox Pro TOR VPN Router Conclusion:

So what do I think of the Anonabox after the review? I was mixed at first, honestly. The speed was a bit slow, but then if you stop and sit back any security product is going to put a hit on your traffic, especially when it is bounced all around the globe. So I took a minute and thought who is this product really meant for? Well, it is not meant for the hardcore networking or security guru, which is why I think my mindset was different in the beginning. But as I looked at the Anonabox Pro as a whole and what its use is, well come on, it's a very tiny, low power, all-in-one TOR and VPN router that can be taken anywhere and protect your data. Well, since you cannot put a price on privacy, this is a badass little device.

So, overall I really like the compact design; it is small and sleek looking. I also really like that the Pro can be powered by 5v/1A, allowing me to plug it into a portal power bank and use it on the go with my tablet and mobile phone. Speaking of that, now you easily have a mobile TOR and  VPN router in your pocket for all your devices.

All that being good, there were a few annoyances. There is support for other VPN services other than VyprVPN and HMA, however to utilize them you need to use the CLI via SSH to enable them. This is not easy for the less tech savvy who need a plug and play device. In addition, there is no easy way, other than editing the advanced configuration of TOR, to specify circuit or exit nodes, meaning you are at the mercy of where TOR wants to send you upon your connection.

Speaking of the VPN services that are native, VyprVPN, while the better of the two, retains certain logs. According to their site, "Each time a user connects to VyprVPN, we retain the following data for 30 days: the user's source IP address, the VyprVPN IP address used by the user, connection start and stop time and total number of bytes used. We retain VyprVPN session data for 30 days to use with billing issues, troubleshooting, service offering evaluation, TOS issues, AUP issues, and for handling crimes performed over the service." Hide My Ass, well, that I don't want to even get into after the Lulzsec Incident in 2011. I think it is kind of funny, since the VPN services tout privacy, yet they keep metadata, and HMA tells you to use its service to circumvent country blocks right on its website and VyprVPN has "chameleon" mode, which it states will bypass the Great Firewall of China. My preference has always been NordVPN, as it strictly keeps no logs or metadata and double encrypts the data. I am hoping a later firmware update will add support for NordVPN in the future.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Anonabox Pro. Anyone who is not tech savvy enough to install TOR and/or VPNs on their laptops, or want a device to use with other mobile platforms, I would highly recommend the Anonabox Pro. For around $100 it offers peace of mind and, more importantly, security and privacy in the world we live in now, which is very much the opposite.

 

Pros:

  • Plug and play design
  • Ability to customize further for tech savvy users
  • Can be powered by USB power packs for true mobile use
  • Offers privacy and protection via VPN and TOR
  • WiFi Client and AP modes, as well as bridge mode if needed
  • Access the deep web, if desired

 

Cons:

  • GUI supported VPN services log data
  • True customization needs to have CLI knowledge
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