I am back

Hello,

I am back! After a short three year break I decided to start to work on this blog again.

A lot of things have changed since. I2P reached version 0.9.4 and is faster, safer and better than ever before, the network grew by the factor of 10, developers left and joined, eepsites disappeared and showed up.

The next days I am going to revise the static pages and maybe switch to another theme of the site. After that I plan to keep you informed – even better than in the old days – about the latest rumors, facts and news about people, thoughts and software.

Stay on the good side/site!

Yours

i2plog

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I2P 0.7.7 released

Today I2P version 0.7.7 has been released. The developers reduced again the memory usage and fixed some HTML mistakes in the new webconsole. I2PSnark, the included bittorrent client, announces now for anonymity reasons its Torrents through the same tunnel as the datas are sent. Previously announcing happened through the HTTP-proxy. Some improvements happened also concerning the tunnels. High-bandwith routers should now discard less packets and the early discarder should behave better.

For more details see http://zzz.i2p/topics/370

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I2P version 0.7.4 released

Some days ago I2P version 0.7.4 have been released. The most important new feature among some bugfixes is the GeoIP support. I2P can now detect from wich country a certain router(-ip) comes. In 0.7.4 it can only used to show nice flags on the Tunnels page, but in the future it can be used to make I2P more performant by choosing only routers that are near me. Or it can be used to gain more anonymity. You can route your traffic around the whole world to make it even more difficult to trace you.

The other cool thing is the UPnP detection. I2P can now open up the ports in a firewall automaticly, so you don’t have to manually forward ports. UPnP can also be used to find out your ip addresss.

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Imagehoster – icache.i2p

Sorry that there is such a big gap between my posts, but i was busy…

There is a new eepsite. An Imagehoster. I think this is the first within I2P. It is reachable at http://icache.i2p/.

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gchan.i2p

I2P just got the fourth Bittorrent tracker and a new chan. The tracker itself is nothing new. It is based on the same tracker-software like crstrack but it is important for I2P to have more alternatives.

Visit it! if it doesn’t work with addresshelper.

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i2pfox version 6 released

Yesterday i2pfox version 6 was released. The most important change is that it comes with an installer that installs a firefox with all the needed plugins and options in a directory you choose. I only tested the Linux version with ubuntu. All the plugins as described here come in their newest versions, and, when you compare version 5 and 6, InfoRss, wich enables you to display RSS feeds in the statusbar, and Torbutton, a plugin for TOR, have been added.

The only disadvantage of i2pfox is, that it’s “close source”. You can only download binaries – so you can’t be sure if it is really so anonymous as the author says. You have to trust him or don’t use it.

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i2pfox

i2pfox is an anonymity-optimized firefox made by ‘SuckMyNuts’.

I just tested the Windows version, and I am very impressed. You can get it at http://i2pfox.i2p. For the Windows version you need also Firefox Portable. Just copy a certain folder in the Firefox Portable directory and that’s it. But this is described more clearly in the Readme file that comes with the installation.

i2pfox screenshot

i2pfox screenshot

SuckMyNuts has bookmarked some often-used sites and the proxy is already preconfigured.

The essence of i2pfox is in its plugins:

  • Add N Edit Cookies: You can edit any cookie that you have got.add-n-edit-cookies
  • Block Site: You can block unwanted websites.
  • Cookie Monster: Similar to Add N Edit Cookies, thus deactivated by default
  • CustomizeGoogle: With this plugin you can block advertisements in google and add results of other search engines to google. For me it didn’t work, because the i2p outproxy modifies some informations like country and language code to gain more anonymity, so google thinks I am French. Maybe this plugin only runs together with the English google version.
  • Download Statusbar: Adds a download statusbar to firefox so that you can manage your downloads more easily
  • Extend Cookie Manager: Again, a cookie manage tool. Didn’t work for me. I had firefox version 3.0.10 and it said it’s not compatible with my version
  • FireGPG: This is a very useful tool, when you have to deal with GPG encryption. You can manage your keys ands so on.
  • No-Referer: It disables sending the HTTP-referer when oping a new tab. Did not work because of version conflict.
  • NoScript: You can configure wich site are enabled to run Java Script, Java, and other plugins.
  • Tiny Menu: As you can see in the screenshot, it unites the firefox menu to one entry

The combination of  disabling Java Script and disabling cookies makes you really more anonymous. Alone the fact that all i2p-related bookmarks are added and that the proxy is set as default, makes i2pfox worth installing. It is better anyway to use two browsers: one for I2P and one for the normal internet since you don’t have to change proxy settings every few minutes.

Sorry that i have used Windows for the screenshot and for testing, but i don’t have access to a Linux computer at the moment.

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