Wouldn’t be awesome if we could surf the net in total privacy without giving away our private information to any eaves dropper and have no government censure? Well, It is now possible…
Maidsafe.net is a company that works for the past 8 years to create a new private internet called Safenet and it is finally in alpha for 4 days now!
What’s wrong with the current internet?
The problem with the current internet is that to host something, you need to have a physical server somewhere to host your files. Physical server are subject to being hack because they are a single point of failure.
Everybody can track who you are and collect information on your internet usage. Some governement like china can decide to take down a server or block access to certain domains like Facebook or other sites where people share freely their opinions.
Safenet is a peer to peer internet that don’t use normal physical server to host your files. Instead, when you upload information on the network, your data is chunked into pieces, encrypted and spread onto different nodes(other user computer) over different time zones. Only you have the key to read your own private files and no one else can access it.
The safenet is based on nature and how insects react to circumstances. Even Maidsafe who created the safenet won’t be able to alter the network to make it less efficient once it is launch. The network won’t allow less efficient upgrades, only ones that would make it better! How crazy is that! So once it is live, you cannot shut it down anymore.
Another interesting feature is that on the current internet, the more a website is popular, the more traffic it gets and the slower it become. On safenet, it is the exact opposite. The more popular a site gets, the faster it become.
Safenet is currently in alpha testing, this means you can use it and test it but everything is hosted on test nodes at the moment. I created my first website this week and it is amazing. This is truly mind blowing where we are at now with peer to peer and the possibility are endless.
Click here to learn more about the Safe Network
What can we do on the Safe network?
Safenet will evolve as more and more developer create new program for it. But to start with, you will be able to create website that cannot be taken down or censored and upload sensitive files that only you can read from anywhere in the world.
There will be video chat like skype, and everything else the current internet can do.
If you create a website on .safenet no one can take it down. Not the government, not a hacker, no one. When you use the network, your identity become totally unkonwn, so even the government cannot stop someone from visiting sensitive website which is a good news for whistle blower around the world.
Imagine if Edward Snowden would have had access to safenet. He could have uploaded all the documents and leave it there for everybody to download and see. No one could ever take those files down and he could have done it without disclosing who he is if he wanted to.
And there is so much more to come, it has just been released in alpha and new application will keep on being added when it finally launch later.
Who can use safenet?
Obviously, not only whistle blower can use the safenet. Anybody that is concern about their privacy can. You can upload private files that no one other than you has access. Those files will be more secure that if you hosted them on your own computer and will be accessible from anywhere in the world.
Because the files are encrypted, chunked and spread around multiple time zone, no one can access them or read them without your secret key. This is the private storage of the 21st century.
How much does it cost to use safenet?
Safenet is totally free to use. The only cost is to offer a part of your hard drive to host part of the network. The more you offer, the more you can upload on the network.
So if you are ready to test out the safe net, you can currently do so by going here: https://safenetwork.org
Is it the same as the Tor project?
Actually, Tor just run off the current internet and website are still hosted on physical server. When you visit a site on tor it is usally very slow, you need to use a special browser and remember very complicated URL.
Safenet is a new internet from the ground up. You just go on an address ending by .safenet using the safenet launcher and you are good to go! You can access any .safenet website in total privacy. On top of that, you can host files for free on the network with 100% privacy and security.
Why am I interested by the safenet and maidsafe project?
You see what is currently happening with Apple. the government try to make that company have to give out sensitive information from customers to them.
Our only safe heaven is by using technology like safenet, bitcoins and other similar project. Taking power away from centralize government into the people hands. I believe that a better world is somewhere that the government cannot put is hands on.
You can click here to learn more about the Safenet project. Share this with your friends. This project will change the internet very quickly and probably the world.
Let’s start a conversation below, what do you think about the safenet?
Yes, let’s hope the future is a much SAFEr place!
Congrats to the maidsafe team!
Yes, they are doing a great job!
Your article is inaccurate. The network is in alpha testing, not beta. This is a rolling release so features will be added over a relatively short time scale. This is not yet secure and will only be secure once the foundation announces it has released its MVP (minimum viable product) and folks are running vaults on their own machines.
Hey Nick. Thanks for the precision, I updated the article. It is really on the edge of new technology so I need people like you to help me with the accuracy of the information. Cheers!
It still says beta in the second paragraph 😉
Thanks for spreading the word it is a fantastic project that has many benefits some of which are only becoming clear now as the community is getting more involved. It is going to become something truly spectacular.
To be clear the current release is a community test of the client only. I believe that this is important information to newcomers because the actual MVP will run smoother and have additional features. Much still needs to be added/tested, vaults, messaging, safecoin. It is really close now and a very exciting time.
Hey Josh! fixed now 😉
Yes it is very exciting. I cannot wait to use the vault and see the new applications that will come out after. I am following the development daily.
Please contact the folks at MAIDSAFE to get accurate and up to date information. These people posting here mean well but the are not authorized nor are they competent enough to give you information, MAIDSAFE has the potential to revolutionize the internet but media reporting that is sloppy on details will not help it. You need to research information better and you need to understand there are some 12 year kids (or adults acting like 12 yr olds) playing grownup on the MAID FORUMS who are clueless.
Please follow this closely and we will make sure to get your name out there on social media.
Hey MAID MAN
Good idea, I will try to get some folks at Maidsafe on the podcast or on the blog here. Maidsafe does have the potential to revolutionize the internet. I’m publishing everybody’s comment so if anybody wants to add anything, they are totally free to do it. I will keep on researching Maidsafe for sure.
If I came across as short (or if maid man is referring to me, childish) I apologize. Glad to see the prompt revision! Thank you Alex for spreading the word and glad to hear you’re involved in testing. I will agree with maid man that contacting the team will get you the most accurate info, perhaps reaching out to @Ross on the forum may be the best bet.