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Would you let Tor protect your fridge?

The software behind the Darkweb, which hides illegal activities from the law, is now ready to protect your home.

Following the considerable threat of IoT vulnerabilities and high risk of snoops, Tor Project contributor and Executive Director of The Guardian Project, Nathan Freitas, came up with a smart way of integrating Tor’s anonymity of the Onion protocol to protect networked connected devices.

“The Tor Project wants Tor privacy technology to be integrated into everyday life so that people don’t have to log on to it—their privacy and security are built in. Nathan’s work with Home Assistant is an early but important milestone,” said Shari Steele, Tor’s Executive Director.

Built on the open-source platform Home Assistant, which was built on Python and runs on Raspberry Pi or similar devices, the Tor Onion Service Configuration system is still experimental, but can protect any smart device, from baby monitors to home security and HVAC systems.

“Instead of a hackable, single point of failure, attackers must contend with the global network of thousands of Tor nodes.” The component that normally hides server locations will also prevent hackers from finding your infrastructure and launching cyber-attacks on your IoT network.

“Too many ‘Things’ in our homes, at our hospitals, in our businesses and throughout our lives are exposed to the public Internet without the ability to protect their communication. Tor provides this, for free, with real-world hard ended, open-source software and strong, state of the art cryptography,” said Freitas.

About the author


From a young age, Luana knew she wanted to become a writer. After having addressed topics such as NFC, startups, and tech innovation, she has now shifted focus to internet security, with a keen interest in smart homes and IoT threats. Luana is a supporter of women in tech and has a passion for entrepreneurship, technology, and startup culture.