Update: Anomos seems to be a dead project. You should check other hide IP tools.
Anomos is a peer-to-peer file sharing system derived from BitTorrent which is capable of protecting its user’s identities by means of an advanced, planned mix network. It is based on the peer/tracker concept of BitTorrent in combination with an onion routing anonymization layer, with the added benefit of end-to-end encryption.
By combining these technologies, the app uses a platform whereby no party outside of the trusted tracker will have any information about who a peer is or what they are downloading.
- File transfers are anonymous. After being sent, packets are routed through a number of intermediary nodes before reaching their final destination.
- Downloading is decentralized — the downloader receives parts of the requested file from a number of different sources, similar to how BitTorrent functions.
- Connections within Anomos are End-To-End encrypted.
- Communication with the Tracker is also encrypted.
Like many BitTorrent systems, Anomos relies on a centralized Tracker server to initiate downloads. Further, if you want to find out how exactly works you should read the explanations from the blog.
The important downside is that it is not fully compatible with regular torrent files. This is due to the fact that it uses its own a torrent format. Another drawback is that the download speeds are generally lower than regular BitTorrent transfers.
Also, you may take into consideration that Anomos is an experimental anonymity protocol. It has not yet undergone the serious peer-review necessary to consider it safe for general use. You should not rely (yet) on it for strong anonymity while downloading torrents.
To sum up, Anomos is a very basic anonymous BitTorrent client. Nobody except the central tracker will be able to know who’s downloading what. Ideal tool for anonymous downloading.