HiddenToolbox is a privacy tool. While it’s not a replacement for a VPN service or a more developed anonymizing service like TOR, it does deserve an award for one of the funniest promotional videos ever; a video that leaves little doubt as to what this service is intended for.
All Those Private Files
The promotional video does a none-too-subtle job of targeting a niche market for HiddenToolbox. The program provides a private browser that doesn’t store history and that will minimize the chances that your significant other, boss or anyone else will find something embarrassing on your computer.
The entire program is hidden from the Start menu, in fact. You open it up with a keyboard shortcut: QWOP simultaneously by default. It will then ask you for a password to open up the program.
From there, you get a browser, a media organizer, a search feature, a download manager and other interfaces. The program can play media files in most formats and allows you to view images without leaving any history on your computer.
The program uses 256-bit encryption to protect any files you have hidden.
There’s also a feature that allows you to remotely destroy the program and all the hidden data associated with it.
Testing it Out
HiddenToolbox did hide our IP while browsing with the bundled server. DNS leaked, however.
HiddenToolbox might be a good solution if you just want to hide some files here and there. The anonymous browser is nice and it did hide our IP, but the DNS leak shows that, if your security concerns are very high-stakes—such as if you’re in a nation where the Internet is censored by the state—HiddenToolbox is not a replacement for a VPN.
You can run a VPN with this service to improve your overall security. It does have more features than TOR, but it’s not the same type of product, so it’s important not to confuse the two.
Overall, HiddenToolbox isn’t bad if you want to make your computer more private. If you need serious security, go with TOR and a VPN.