Hello to all the readers, editors and followers of From Linux. This is my first article on this blog and it is something quite exciting, as I will finally contribute my first grain of sand to this wonderful community and all its knowledge hub.
Today I come to talk to you about Calyphrox Webproxy, an official web application of my company Xenode Systems and how this tool can be useful to you in your daily web browsing.
Calyphrox is a online proxy that allows you to navigate in a way 100% anonymous and secure without leaving a trace through the web, that is its main function. Some of the most important use cases to list for this type of technology / application could be:
- When you want to access a blocked website at school or work
- When you want to access restricted content for your country / IP
- When you want to access potentially unsafe content
- When you simply want to keep your activities on the web anonymous
In fact, the reason why Calyphrox was born was because when I was halfway through high school back in 2008, the computer labs prevented us from accessing some recreational websites such as YouTube or the already forgotten one (and for many perhaps unknown xD) Hi5.
However, the utility of Calyphrox did not stop there: By providing the user with an IP different from yours (in this case, one from Google) and avoiding fingerprints.
Calyphrox has been throughout its history a useful tool in the fight for privacy and free access to information for many users around the world and now in its new version 6 just released we have decided to integrate (among other various novelties) support for access to domains ".Onion" (of the Deep web.) just like that.
This means that it is enough to enter calyphrox and write your domain .onion within your URL bar to start "diving" into the deep web without installing TOR or other similar software on your system.
Is Calyphrox Safe?
Of course. When browsing through Calyphrox your machine is never involved in the content requests you make to the web.
All the content that you require / ask for is requested by one of Calyphrox's servers and it shows it in a reflected way to you, so that no one can trace what you have requested / done during your navigation to you.
In case an attacker wants to trace your request, the last source endpoint The one you would run into would be the Calyphrox mirror server that has reflected the requested content to you (even assuming that said attacker reached this point before we emptied the content of the databases as is done periodically) but it would never be able to know from where the original request originated and therefore I would never know that you (or who specifically of the proxy users) opened that page or requested said content through our service.
This particularity applies to both requests for normal content (surface web) as for those to domains ".Onion" (Deep Web); In the latter, Calyphrox is in charge of requesting content through the TOR network and shows it to you reflected, making the browsing process even more obfuscated, already quite safe.
Speaking only of your skills for accessing the Deep Web, this approach is practically safer than, (for example) using the Tor Browser Bundle to access such content, since in that case no matter how secure the tor network is and how many relays use the information before reaching your machine (which in itself should have some extra protections on top in that case) at the end of the day your computer is always the last source endpoint from where the information request is generated, with Calyphrox, the last source endpoint from where the requests are generated will always be one of its mirror servers and never your computer itself.
Deep Web? Oo
"Deep web, deep web" I have used the term a lot in this article. I will not delve into the topic of the "deep web" or darknet since much has been said about that over here on From Linux and several bloggers (including myself) have written on our respective sites / blogs our personal experiences and know-how on said topic. If you are not informed about What is the deep web, A good starting point are the links that I just put previously between these lines; They will provide you with solid knowledge on the subject.
What else does calyphrox offer me?
At its core, Calyphrox is just that. A webproxy both for the normal web (surface web) and for the deep web. However, it has a few extra features that you might like, such as:
- High availability (Smart mirroring)
- Responsive design for all kinds of screen sizes
- Official IP Widget for your website
- Official cross-platform apps (growing)
Plus other greats goodies… To review them all, I invite you to read the official release notes over here and well, if you are interested in using / knowing Calyphrox, do not forget to take a tour of the Official Site from the proxy in: