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ICLOAK™ Stik is a portable privacy tool that enables you to browse anonymously and securely on any Windows, Linux or Mac computer.
ICLOAK™ Stik is a portable privacy tool that enables you to browse anonymously and securely on any Windows, Linux or Mac computer.
ICLOAK™ Stik is a portable privacy tool that enables you to browse anonymously and securely on any Windows, Linux or Mac computer.
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Thanks for checking out our project page.  We are grateful for everyone's incredible interest and support!

We've been diligently working since summer 2013 to develop ICLOAK™, a portable online anonymity tool to give you a fast, convenient and flexible way to browse the Internet anonymously on any computer. 

We've done all the ground work and prototyping and now we need your help to take this baby to market and help folks take back their CHOICE about what's tracked about them and what isn't.

ICLOAK™ Stik is your superhero tool that turns any computer you use into a safe and trustworthy computer.  

We've combined a security hardened operating system with a secure web browser, encrypted password management and more, onto a USB drive so you can plug it into any machine (even the most unsafe and virus filled), reboot the machine and start browsing as if you took the time to build a custom computer built for security, privacy and anonymity from scratch! 

Once you finish browsing, unplug, reboot the computer again, and ICLOAK is designed so that no one will ever know you even used that computer.

Below are 3 versions of the product packaging card that we are considering. In the white box in the middle will be a small plastic box that contains the actual USB device below.

Actual ICLOAK™ Stik:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/01/icloak-stik

http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/5-popular-kickstarter-campaigns-you-won-t-believe.html

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/26/new-device-gives-you-the-ability-to-dodge-spies-on-the-internet

http://benswann.com/icloak-creates-revolutionary-way-to-take-privacy-into-your-own-hands 

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/25792750/technology-promises-anonymity-while-surfing-the-web

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-07-11/business/os-anti-spying-device-20140711_1_internet-privacy-kickstarter-online-privacy

Like our t-shirts say... YOU ARE BEING WATCHED.  We are too.  All of the time.  Big Data, Big Brother, Hackers, Ex-Lovers, Employers, Marketing Firms, Stalkers, Identity Thieves, and on and on.  Every day there is another news report about how data is being collected on everyone.

To protect yourself the questions are...

  • HOW do you change your IP address so it is not tracked everywhere you go?
  • HOW do you change your Media Access Control (MAC) address so your computer cannot be identified?
  • HOW do you know if there is HIDDEN software recording your every keystroke on your computer?
  • HOW do you stop sites from tracking your browser Navigator data profile and tracking your browsing from site to site?
  • HOW do you protect yourself when you want to?

If you are like most average folks using the Internet every day, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO!  Don't feel bad... neither does anyone else who isn't an Uber Geek like us.

The trouble is, the technology around us has outpaced the normal person's ability to keep up with it all.  Because of this, few people have the knowledge or time to figure out ways to protect their privacy WHEN THEY WANT TO.

It's not always easy to find a computer you can trust.  Many machines have spyware and malware even the owners don't know about and their antivirus cannot detect!  So we asked ourselves, how can we turn every computer you will ever use into a secure and trusted machine when you NEED it?

We needed a way to bypass the computer's hard drive and software and yet utilize all its processing capabilities. This led us to the boot-from-usb method that's been around for a long time.

We figured, if we could somehow build in all the tools you need to browse the Internet securely and anonymously into a SINGLE portable USB drive that works on PCs, Macs, and Linux, we'd have managed to turn almost every machine on the planet into a secure and trusted machine you could use.

Whether you use a computer in the office or a computer at a cyber cafe in Bangkok you will be protected.

We have many ideas about what ICLOAK can do and we'll be working on adding them into the product in the future.  Right now, however, ICLOAK does the following things really well:

1. ICLOAK will mask your IP address.  Period.  All of your data traffic is forced over TOR or I2P anonymizing networks making you appear to be somewhere else than where you really are.

2. ICLOAK gives you the ability to choose a Country to appear to be coming from.  This has many uses including gaining access to content that is blocked in certain jurisdictions.

3. ICLOAK will automatically create a new, random MAC address (this is the hardware identifier for the device you are connecting with) every time you connect to any network.

4. With ICLOAK you can browse anonymously on any 64-bit Windows, Linux or Mac computer without needing to alter those machines.

5. It WILL NOT LEAVE ANY TRACE of your browsing activities on any machine you use.  No cookies, no browser history, no user ids, no log files.

6. ICLOAK Stik is immune to any sort of persistent infections so you will be safe from malware, spyware, viruses and any other malicious software each time you reboot.

7. ICLOAK Stik can store encrypted versions of any usernames and passwords you want to keep safe.  Also, it allows you to keep separate "identity sets" for keeping multiple identities separate from each other.

8. ICLOAK Stik can store files on a "visible" section of the USB drive that can be used to store files you want access to on your regular computer OS or transport from place to place.  (ICLOAK itself is contained in a section hidden from your regular OS).

9. ICLOAK Stik itself cannot store any information about you or what you do with it without your deliberate action.  So even if someone steals your ICLOAK Stik, there will be no information on it about your browsing activities.  NOTE:  If you store passwords, or other files on the unencrypted partition, only that information will be retrievable by someone else if they get your Stik.

Here's an infographic we put together to demonstrate how ICLOAK works.

Why iCloak?
Why iCloak?

There are literally dozens of these but we'll only list what we think are the top ten online threats ICLOAK can help protect you from:

1. Identity theft

2. Silent monitoring of your camera and microphone

3. IP address recording

4. Browsing and download history spying

5. Email hacking using malicious cookies and similar scripts

6. Screen captures

7. Password theft through spyware

8. Key-logging software that records your keystrokes.

9. Loss of funds through theft of credit card and bank details

10. Prevent websites from tracking, recording and selling your web usage data to advertisers.

So what's under the hood?

ICLOAK is a made up of both hardware and software components. 

Hardware: The hardware that will go into building ICLOAK is a robust and high quality USB drive manufactured by the largest manufacture of USB drives in the world, Kensington.

It's made from durable aluminum with no moving parts.

One of the things we want to ensure is that your ICLOAK Stik lasts at least 3-4 years with daily or regular use.  With periodic use we expect it to last up to 5 years or longer.

The USB drive is also small and very portable making it easy to carry with you wherever you go.  It is designed to easily slip on a keychain or in your pocket.  

Software:

ICLOAK™ Stik

ICLOAK Stik will come with features to enable you to browse anonymously from any machine.

ICLOAK™ Stik will contain ICLOAK™ Ring which can be used to store and manage your passwords securely.

ICLOAK™ Stik will also contain a separate partition for storage that your regular computer can access.

ICLOAK™ Stik PRO

In addition to giving you the ability to browse anonymously from any machine, ICLOAK™ Stik Pro will also come with additional software so you can:

  • Create/Edit Excel Spreadsheets in private
  • Create/Edit Word docs in private
  • Send/Receive anonymous messages
  • Store Bitcoins in a secure wallet
  • Store encrypted usernames and passwords

We are innovators and if there's one place innovation is recognized and supported it's right here on KickStarter.  We are here because we believe we have something that could help millions of people around the world take charge of their online freedom and rights.

ICLOAK is not just a gadget to us, it's an ideal, a philosophy, a statement that says we should have the right and the option to freely participate online. We are here because we hope to find kindred spirits who believe in what we are doing as much as we believe in it ourselves and in the GOOD of what we are doing.  

So jump on board, join a movement that is making a difference for average people everywhere and help us get to our next milestone!

Your amazing contributions will be put towards:

1.  TESTING TESTING TESTING

2.  Having ICLOAK reviewed by a third party for security

3.  Manufacturing the first run with Kingston

4.  Adding additional features

5.  Promoting ICLOAK more broadly

We've done all the groundwork, now we need your help to get this product off the ground and into production. 

Every pledge, big or small will be welcomed with open arms and loads of good karma (and rewards) towards you and yours. 

ICLOAK is right now in Alpha testing and we will soon be releasing a private Beta so we are confident our progress to the final shipped product will be right on schedule.

Here are some of the cool gifts you will receive for your pledge to this campaign:

Awesome Sticker:

Cool T-Shirt: 

 THE ICLOAK™ Stik and ICLOAK™ Stik PRO

Below are 3 versions of the product packaging card that we are considering.  In the white box in the middle will be a small plastic box that contains the actual USB device below.

Here is a photo of a packaged prototype:

ICLOAK Stik Prototype
ICLOAK Stik Prototype

 Actual ICLOAK™ Stik below.

DigiThinkIT's ICLOAK Team
DigiThinkIT's ICLOAK Team

Plug into our campaign and help us get it to production level and shipped out to all our backers by the end of November 2014. 

For more information about ICLOAK, check out our website at https://icloak.org or visit our social media profiles on Twitter https://twitter.com/icloakorg and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/icloak

Thanks in advance for all your support!

Cheers!

The Entire ICLOAK Team at DigiThinkIT, Inc.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges with working to create an online anonymity tool is the ever-changing online landscape. When things like the Heartbleed vulnerability keep popping up, we have to keep constantly evolving ICLOAK to take such issues into consideration. So what may be rock solid today can be compromised tomorrow.

We mitigate this by staying abreast of all that's happening in the online anonymity, security and privacy space and evolving ICLOAK to keep up with these changes. Of course we won't always catch everything so we also participate in open source communities in this area to take advantage of the depth of knowledge and expertise in such communities.

Another potential risk is that building and shipping a physical product comes with its own challenges. We don't anticipate any issues (we are working with very reliable suppliers), we want to give you a head's up that there could be some logistical challenges that may arise for one reason or another and interfere with production and/or shipping timelines. If this occurs, we'll keep you posted and we ask for your patience.

Lastly, one of the most ambitious things about this project is that we want ICLOAK to work on every computer on the planet, regardless of operating system, make or model. This is a (very) tall order and as much as we have done thorough testing, ICLOAK may not work on some computers due to some compatibility issues we did not foresee. If this happens to you after you receive your unit, please let us know and we will do what we can to build out the compatibility aspects that will ensure it works on your computer. ICLOAK will be in ongoing development so we'll be depending on you to help us make it even better.

Computer security is in an ever changing state. We cannot guarantee that we can anticipate every possible exploit or attack that may be developed against ICLOAK Stik or any of the parts and pieces that make up the total package. However, we are making every effort to keep on top of threats and will have an updating system in ICLOAK to allow it to get critical security patches as soon as they become available.

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    FREEDOM HELPER - THANK YOU!
    You are almost just like a Founding Father, but different! For helping to support freedom and privacy, you will receive a really cool "You are being watched" iCloak™ sticker to proudly display wherever you like AND an awkward virtual fist bump. As a bonus you will also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are an internet freedom patriot.

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    PRIVACY ADVOCATE
    We would add your name to our "Acknowledgements", but publicizing your name on a device designed to hide your identity seems a bit odd. SO... Any donor at this level will be given the chance to add an encrypted 40 character string to our Acknowledgements so you can show your close friends that your encrypted "secret string" is in there! If you want to use your name as your string, you can do that too.

    PLUS... we will send you 5 of our cool iCloak™ stickers to display or give to friends.

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    HIGH FASHION
    You will receive your very own iCloak™ T-Shirt with the infamous "You are being watched" logo. Scary we know.

    PLUS... Everything from Reward #2

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    TECHIE EARLY ADOPTER SPECIAL!
    Receive an iCloak™ Stik before anyone else gets one AND you will get one for a donation that is 1/2 of the retail price, Congrats!

    PLUS 5 Stickers, PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements!

    (Sorry... no T-Shirt included but you probably just want to disappear anyway, so nobody would see your shirt!)

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    iCLOAK HIDDEN SURFER - You get your iCloak™ Stik next after the early adopters AND your total donation is still 30% DISCOUNT off retail. PLUS... you get 5 cool stickers PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements (Sorry, no t-shirt with this reward)

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    FREEDOM FIGHTER
    You get an iCloak™ Stik before the general public can!

    PLUS the cool t-shirt, PLUS 5 Stickers, PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements!

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    iCLOAK HIDDEN SURFER DOUBLE - Due to popular demand, double your $35 to $70 pledge and get everything in the $35 reward plus an extra ICloak™ Stik your total donation is still 30% DISCOUNT off retail.

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    iCLOAK™ STIK PRO - EARLY ADOPTER
    Be the first to get your hands on iCloak™ Stik PRO "Gold" Edition! It is iCloak™ Stik with additional tools for more stealth goodness. iCloak™ Stik PRO will contain apps that let you edit Word and Excel files, store passwords on your iCloak, a Bitcoin wallet, and more.

    All of this in a cool looking Matte Gold finish metal drive PLUS 5 Stickers, PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements!

    (Sorry, no t-shirt with this reward).

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    iCLOAK™ STIK PRO - GET ONE
    Early delivery. If you missed the Early Adopter level, this is your chance to get an iCloak Stik™ PRO "Gold" Edition before the general public can get them.

    Plus, all of this in a cool looking Matte Gold finish metal drive and 5 Stickers, and the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements!

    (Sorry, no t-shirt with this reward).

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    STEALTH NINJA DONOR! You will receive BOTH iCloak™ Stik AND iCloak™ Stik PRO "Gold" Edition, PLUS the cool T-Shirt, PLUS the 5 Stickers, PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements.

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    WHITE HAT HACKER DONOR - You GET IT. THANK YOU. You understand how important this project is to average citizens' privacy and individual Liberty! You know people just want to have a choice about what to share and what to keep private. For your gracious donation we will personalize your iCloak Stik PRO "Gold" Edition with a laser engraved name, encrypted string, or short message. PLUS a T-Shirt, PLUS 5 Stickers, PLUS the encrypted message in our Acknowledgements.

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    PROJECT BACKER - You are donating a substantial sum and we truly appreciate it. Not only will we give you everything in Reward #10, you will also have the chance to have a one-on-one phone call with the CEO of DigiThinkIT, creator of iCloak™ so he can personally thank you and you can ask (just about) anything you like.

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    FREEDOM FIGHTER ARSENAL - Thanks to the multiple requests we have had and the changes to KS rules, we are offering a VERY SPECIAL 10 pack of ICLOAK Stik PROs at 50% off the retail price!

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    ICLOAK EVANGELIST - For your generous donation you will receive everything in Reward 11, PLUS we will build a very special version of iCloak™ Stik PRO "Gold" Edition just for you, which will contain additional tools exclusive to this level. We have a ton of ideas and things on our development roadmap, and you will get the EXCLUSIVE benefit of this work before anyone. Although we cannot disclose the exact items, we can only say that it will include Anonymous communication tools, Hacker tools, and some other interesting surprises! PLUS... we will provide you with every next generation iCloak™ Stik Pro we create over the next 2 years. (Sorry, we cannot send these overseas due to laws restricting certain tools we may include on this version.)

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    PRIVATE iCLOAK CLUB - Holy Cow! Thank you for your incredible level of support and generosity for this worthy project. Take a stand for privacy, anonymity, personal Liberty and choice. You get everything in Reward #12, PLUS you get to come visit the team in Orlando, FL. (You have to get here and get your own hotel). You can spend the day with the core dev team and DigiThinkIT CEO, Eric B. Delisle. You will get to learn about where we are headed with the project. Then, Mr. D, will take a day to just hang out with you at Disney World for the Day! Of course, we will take a bunch of photos and send you a nice printed, hard cover, photo album of your trip.

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    ANONYMOUS ANGEL - If you are donating $10,000 to this project, you don't need us to give you a sticker. We would all love to meet you and thank you in person if you come to Orlando, FL. Whether you want to remain Anonymous or you would allow us to have you join our CEO on the occasional news program to promote privacy rights, we will be forever grateful. PLUS... you will get all of the rewards in Reward #13.

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