BlackBelt Privacy: install Tor, WASTE and MicroSip on Windows

BlackBelt Privacy is a free program for Windows that installs the anonymity focused applications Tor, WASTE and VOIP on the device you run the installer on.

While you can install all three clients manually on a Windows PC, the main advantage of using BlackBelt Privacy is simplicity provided that you want to use at least one, better two or three, of the services it installs on the computer.

Installation is painless and there is little that can go wrong in this regard. Firefox users should take note however as the installation may corrupt their session restore functionality if that is being used.

It is recommended to save the session to make sure it can be restored prior to installing BlackBelt Privacy.

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When you install the program, several things happen. First, Tor, WASTe and MicroSip are installed on the PC. The program places several entries in the Windows Start menu and on the desktop that you can use to control the functionality of the applications.

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BlackBelt Privacy attempts to create a Tor profile for Firefox during installation, but this did not work on the Windows 10 system and a regular Firefox stable installation that I tried this on.

That’s a problem as Tor profiles for Firefox are designed to be hardened while regular Firefox profiles may leak information.

Vidalia, the Tor control panel, runs in the background and you can verify that it is working. While Tor is designed specifically to run in Firefox, you can use other browsers as well if you configure them to connect via localhost:9050 using Socks4.

A good way to check if everything is working is to look up the IP address used by the browser or application on the Internet. Use our own IP checker for instance to do that.

The two other programs that BlackBelt Privacy installs add free anonymous PC to PC calls, chat and file transfers.

MicroSIP enables you to make free PC to PC calls without account or routing through middlemen servers. WASTE on the other hand offers secure chat and file transfers.

It is highly recommended to read the readme file as it contains instructions and tips on how to use each of the supported programs. The readme, like all three applications, is linked from the start menu entry.

BlackBelt Privacy is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows XP.

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