The FreedomBox Foundation has released its flagship model Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server Kit. The device allows users to host a personal and private server to increase security and anonymity.
In light of increased attacks on centralized internet databases, even the mainstream public is growing concerned. Internet users are desperately seeking ways to protect themselves and their data online, especially considering how much time is being spent on social media platforms and applications.
Internet Freedom Fighters
According to ZDNet, the Pioneer FreedomBox by Olimex boasts such capabilities that users can create an encrypted chat server, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) server, or virtual private network (VPN), as well as share files.
The device and home server kit will retail for under $100 and runs on the Debian operating system.
Internet privacy and security are becoming huge hot button issues. Technological advances in the past few years have made it more convenient and necessary to use multiple web-based applications and tools in our work and social lives.
This, unfortunately, is a double-edged sword and has led to attacks targetting user data stored on centralized servers. Last year, Facebook received major backlash after the Cambridge Analytica consulting firm harvested data from millions of users without permission.
Blockchain Solutions for a Decentralized Internet
These security and privacy issues are ones that the blockchain community takes quite seriously. Many blockchain-based projects are attempting to tackle this beast by creating platforms and tools to help users control their private data and keep it out of the hands of major centralized companies.
The ambitious end-goal is to create a new decentralized internet through a web of interconnected nodes. In this system, data would be spread out and encrypted rather than all being stored on a vulnerable centralized server.
TRON (TRX) is working to build a high-throughput, scalable blockchain ecosystem that could accomplish such a decentralized internet.
As the blockchain industry is still in its infancy, it is likely that more substantial developments will be made once the underlying infrastructure is in place.
Do you think more tools geared toward network decentralization and privacy will be developed in 2019? Do you think increased data leaks and security breaches on centralized servers are top priorities that need to be addressed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Images courtesy of Shutterstock.