Web surfing without a trace

A consortium of human rights and computer security experts has created a portable web browser that keeps surfers' identities and locations a secret.

It looks set to gain widespread popularity, particularly in countries where governments adopt a big brother-style approach to web usage.

The pre-configured tool, called Torpark, is based on Mozilla Firefox and is capable of running on a USB memory stick, ensuring that users can turn any computer with a compatible port into a browser.

The innovation, created by Hacktivismo, is hot on the heels of the launch of Browzar, a new tool that claims to protect users from leaving any personal data behind when they surf the net.

It uses something called The Onion Router (TOR) to ensure complete anonymity between the website viewed and the IP address linked to its visitor.

This level of privacy is achieved by dynamically changing the linked IP address every few minutes so that it is hard to trace. Additionally, the traffic between the two locations is encrypted.

"We live in a time where acquisition technologies are cherry picking and collating every aspect of our online lives," said Oxblood Ruffin, Hacktivismo's founder.

"Torpark continues Hacktivismo's commitment to expanding privacy rights on the Internet. And the best thing is, it's free. No one should have to pay for basic human rights, especially the right of privacy."