I hope not. At least not until we figure out how making them untrusted, dumb boxes relaying data.[/quote]
But have a look on apple devices, ebook-reader and smartphones (The trend goes to closed devices without control).
Have a look on the progress of the new X-Box, Steam or Browsergames.
Also Microsoft think about to make Windows 10 a cloud based OS.
I am afrait of all this things, but 99,99% of the mainstream users dont give a sh… about privacy and security.
The main request is usability and simpleness, thats it.
I am not a dreamer, so I dont think it will be possible to harden the server against the access of an Three Letter Agency. If any Government Agency get a server in his hands, they will be able to read this informations.[quote]
It may be possible in theory, but we don't have enough people care about and working on this.
Agree, it is like David vs. Goliat but without happyend and this situation will not change!
I will read now about the PrivateCore project
Do you think they can accomplish this task?
It’s not a Free Software, Free Hardware project? Well, that decreases my hope. They sure can’t solve it alone. They relay on TPM and CPU, both pieces of hardware which are to my knowledge black boxes that could include a hardware backdoor by default. Probably they’re still doing something useful, they research how to do it under the assumption, that TPM/CPU can be trusted. Perhaps some day they can change their implementation once Free Software CPU’s are available. Same with Whonix. We need to make a pretty bold assumption, that hardware can be trusted. Very bold indeed, if you followed up the stories around NSA and Snowden. Still, we’re working towards the goal of trustworthy computing. Once we get trustworthy hardware, at least a very few people are working it, I heard, we can re-use all code and everything we learned until then. Not doing what one can do (developing Tor, Free Software distributions etc.) in meanwhile seems a bad option until then.
It is sofware based, so no hardware needet.
You are right, that a CPU have to be trustfull hardware.
But do you think Intel will risk his Company by building a backdoor in it?
Any Government on this planet uses CPU and the CPU production is in China, India and other Countrys.
So to hide this backdoor, for the hole world, would be nearly impossible for the US Government.
And last but not least, if there would be a backdoor in it, the USA would use it for the “highest level top secret spy” and not for citizens they try to protect her privacy.
Yes, it is a payed service, starting with about 500USD/month, so it is designed for big companys.
But there is a Ubuntu trial for max. 5 Servers and I do not see any time limit. So if I understand it right, maybe it is free for small “private” users with only 1-5 Servers.
Look at this, sounds good:
PrivateCore Demonstrates Industry’s First PRISM-Proof Tor Server in Public Cloud
Also they have a great Team:
"PrivateCore management has solid security DNA. Oded Horovitz spent 5 years at VMware, where he developed vShield and VMSafe security products. His co-founder Dr. Stephen Weis has a Ph.D. in cryptography from MIT and designed Google’s two-step verification system. Right now they are the extent of the company, with former VMware principal engineer Dr. Carl Waldspurger on as an advisor.