Surf the Net Safely and Privately with JanusVM

JanusVMHave you ever felt concerned about your privacy while surfing the net? Do you wish you could do something about the situation? If so, then read on.

This morning, while having a little fun with VMWare Server, I stumbled on VMWare’s list of free virtualized environments. If you have any VMWare product installed on your box, you’ll definitely want to check this list out. Anyhow, like I already said, I stumbled on this list and quickly browsed the available products. That’s when I ended up on a very interesting security package named JanusVM. JanusVM is a virtualized security environment that allows you to surf the internet absolutely securely and privately. It was designed to run on VMware Player (or Server) and brings together openVPN, Tor, Squid, Privoxy and dns-proxy-tor to give you a transparent layer of security that is compatible with most TCP based applications.

JanusVM Features:

  • WiFi Support.
  • Supports multiple users in a LAN.
  • Protects you from most man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Protects you from Javascript, Java, and Flash based side-channel privacy attacks.
  • Protects your identity and your true location by masking your IP Address.
  • Encrypts and re-routes your DNS request and ALL TCP traffic to ensure strong privacy.
  • Strips out most privacy sensitive information your web browser may leak.
  • Blocks popups, annoying ads, banners, and other obnoxious Internet junk.
  • Very simple setup and operation.
  • Works transparently for applications using TCP.

Setup is very easy. Just download and install VMWare player, download JanusVM and follow these simple instructions.

After setting up the environment, if you decide to keep JanusVM running on your box, please consider giving a small donation to the developer. Your donations will surely encourage him to keep on working on this fantastic project.

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6 Responses to Surf the Net Safely and Privately with JanusVM

  1. This is my guide to using JanusVM in qemu

    First download and extract QEMU for Windows (Google it, first result)

    Then copy JanusVM.vmdk to this directory.

    Then open Command Prompt, cd to where QEMU is installed, and type:

    qemu-img convert JanusVM.vmdk -O qcow2 JanusVM.img

    When it is done, then type:

    qemu -L . -m 80 -net nic -redir tcp:8118::8118 -boot c -hda JanusVM.img

    It should now work. Set your browser's proxy settings to 127.0.0.1 and port 8118.

    Second script (launcher script) has not been tested, if it doesn't work, play around with the -net settings.

  2. This is my guide to using JanusVM in qemu
    First download and extract QEMU for Windows (Google it, first result)
    Then copy JanusVM.vmdk to this directory.
    Then open Command Prompt, cd to where QEMU is installed, and type:

    qemu-img convert JanusVM.vmdk -O qcow2 JanusVM.img

    When it is done, then type:

    qemu -L . -m 80 -net nic -redir tcp:8118::8118 -boot c -hda JanusVM.img

    It should now work. Set your browser’s proxy settings to 127.0.0.1 and port 8118.

    Second script (launcher script) has not been tested, if it doesn’t work, play around with the -net settings.

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