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Don't fall for this 'private' router scam

Don't fall for this 'private' router scam

This story is a very interesting lesson in the concept, "you can't always believe everything you read."

Earlier this week, the tech world was buzzing with news that a little low-cost box, the Anonabox, was developed to provide plug-and-play Internet privacy. Supposedly, users could just plug the thing into their computers, and everything they did online would be completely private.

The news was so optimistic that investors dived in and pledged well over half a million dollars on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund production of the little box.

Just one problem.

After putting up $600,000 behind the project, the product's backers started to question whether or not this router actually did what it said it would do.

It turns out that almost nothing that the Kickstarter promised is actually true. In fact, the prototype shown on the Kickstarter page is an "off-the-shelf Chinese router," according to one backer. And rather than protect a user's privacy, it could actually make it easier to track, hack and follow the user online.

This is especially troubling as the builder claimed the box would help keep political activists and journalists safe in dangerous areas.

Watch out for products like Anonabox out there and always make sure that something that claims to keep you safe can actually protect you.

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