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(also Invisible Internet Project)

I2P definition

A peer-to-peer (P2P) anonymous network that protects you from censorship, government surveillance, and online monitoring. It scatters your traffic, so there is a low chance that a third party will be able to intercept it. By using I2P you can also get encrypted access to the dark web. In a way, it serves a similar purpose to the Tor network, but there are some differences between the two. You can also use it for general browsing, instant messaging, file storing, and website hosting.

I2P pros

  • Using the I2P network will shield you from cybercriminals, government surveillance, and regular snoopers.
  • I2P guarantees efficient performance due to distributed balancing across different peers.
  • There are lots of I2P tutorials online to help you get started.

I2P cons

  • Users need to have advanced technical know-how. You will need to do extensive configuration for I2P to work.
  • Logging creates privacy issues. You will have to be logged in to the system if you want to use it.
  • Users won’t get the same level of privacy on the surface web as they get on the deep web. You will need additional online security software if you want to stay safe and private.
  • A small user base means fewer network nodes — a problem Tor users don’t have.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security