I2P vs TOR: What are the Major Differences

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In the world of online anonymity and privacy, there are various tools at your disposal. Amongst these tools are I2P (invisible internet project) and TOR. In this post, we will be taking a closer look at I2P vs. TOR and see which tool should you use under which situation.

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Difference between I2P vs. TOR

Both I2P (Invisible Internet Project) and TOR are assumed as anonymous proxy networks. These proxy networks are famous among different darknet websites like the Agora Marketplace. I2P was developed using the concepts of Java and it uses a distributed peer to peer model. I2P follows the rule of API design feature, which itself is helpful in providing more anonymity.

Hence, 12P sites become more secure since these sites tackle the issues of security threat in a better way. In addition, I2P applies Garlic routing that encodes various messages so that the attackers are unable to perform traffic analysis. I2P can also be considered as a Darkweb tool, which is used in order to surf the web anonymously through outproxy.

The onion router (TOR) was developed to secretly surf the visible internet. TOR (The Onion Router) typically follows a centralized directory based approach to manage and monitor its own network. This centralized approach helps TOR to accumulate and report web usage statistics. There are three different types of nodes involved in the TOR network. These nodes are known as directory servers, exit points and internal relays. As you connect to a TOR network, your internet traffic bounces between different replays and then reaches the final destination through exit nodes.

I2P vs. TOR: Comparison of speed

If you are interested in effective out-proxy, you must opt for I2P in this situation. Whereas, if you are interested in attaining great onion routing network, you must select TOR for this purpose. Since, I2P offers extra protection along with higher speeds, I2P is much faster than TOR. One of the reasons for TOR being slow is due to its network. As your data travels through multiple nodes, it tends to be slower in terms of speed.

Which Tool Should You Use for Darknet

Although we wouldn’t advise anyone to enter the Darknet, as it is full of danger, both these tools can be used to remain anonymous over the Darnkent.

I2P as a Darknet

I2P was developed to be called as a true Darknet security tool because of its “network within the internet” feature.

TOR as a Darknet

The onion router (TOR) is a small part of deep web that remains confidential. Since, anonymity is one of the most important features of Darknet. You can easily access Darknet networks through the help of TOR. The darknet websites’ URL are usually incorporated with “.onion”, “.com” or “.org” that are reachable to TOR users.

How can I use I2P and TOR together

In order to use I2P and TOR together, you should follow the below mentioned steps. These steps include:

  • Firstly, download the FoxyProxy configuration file
  • Download the TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en
  • Install the TOR browser, after installing open the browser and connect it to TOR
  • After connecting, go to FoxyProxy Addon page (available in TOR browser) then install it
  • After installing, restart the TOR browser then hit keys like: CTRL+SHIFT+A, click the options button for FoxyProxy
  • From the FoxyProxy options, go to File>Import settings and select the .xml file that was downloaded prior
  • The browser may crash or not however you should restart it then you will be able to use it

This is how you can use TOR browser to surf both I2P and TOR in Windows.

What Reddit says about the difference between I2P vs. TOR

Reddit, a famous interactive platform where users discuss various stuff with each other has also endorsed the importance of both proxy networks like I2P and TOR.  There are comments that suggest TOR is more secure than I2P, while on the other hand, I2P is not secure because it does not have resources like TOR. The other comments also highlight difference between I2P and TOR, as some suggest I2P is more suitable for torrenting. Whereas, TOR is beneficial if you are interested in normal browser usage and don’t want leave any footprints behind.

Comment from discussion Tor vs i2P.

Final Thoughts

Both I2P and TOR offers different methods to access information and surf the visible internet anonymously. TOR has the edge when it comes to providing efficient anonymous access to the open internet, while I2P is a true darknet since it is a network within the internet.

If you compare I2P vs. TOR in detail, you would realize that both have some advantages and disadvantages, which cannot be overlooked. Therefore, the choice between two depends on the level of security and anonymity you want to achieve.

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A privacy advocate by day and a binge-watcher by night, Aazim Akhtar loves to write about online security, internet freedom, and all the latest technological trends. Finding ways to secure any sensitive data and protect against existing and emerging cyber threats is his passion. Follow him on Twitter to stay in touch with his work!


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