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Anonymizer, Inc. is an Internet privacy company, founded in 1995 by Lance Cottrell, author of the Mixmaster anonymous remailer. Anonymizer was originally named Infonex Internet. The name was changed to Anonymizer in 1997 when the company acquired a web based privacy proxy of the same name developed by Justin Boyan at Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. Boyan licensed the software to C2Net for public beta testing before selling it to Infonex.
Their "Operation: Anti-Censorship" software, introduced in 2006, addresses internet censorship in the People's Republic of China by allowing Chinese Internet users to access blocked sites.
Anonymizer offers a variety of consumer information security services including:
- VPN for multi-protocol proxy
- client software for iPhone and iPad
- anonymizer Proxy server
- encrypted E-mail services
- anti-phishing / anti-pharming
- enterprise class competitive intelligence tools
The term "anonymizer" is often used to signify any internet based anonymization tool, even though it is a trademark of Anonymizer Inc.
Sold to Abraxas Corporation
- "PC World - Anonymizer Takes on China's Net Censors". Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
- Abraxas Corporation acquires Anonymizer, Inc
- Breaking: Trapwire surveillance linked to Anonymizer and transport smart cards
- Abraxas and Trapwire: the technology and personnel revealed