Sadd, Scalable Anonymous Disposable Desktops, is a free and commercial online service that promises complete anonymity while using the service to be connected to the Internet.
In other words: Sadd creates virtual environments and uses Tor network connections exclusively on these virtual desktops to guarantee full anonymity.
The service promises that generated desktops are deleted forensically to render recovery attempts useless, and that it does not track, save, or store anything that users do when using the service.
Free and premium accounts share many characteristics but there are some that free users need to be aware of.
First, free and premium account users get a virtual machine with 2 Gigabytes of RAM, 40 Gigabytes of hard drive space, and Windows 7 64-bit or Kali Linux 64-bit as the operating system.
Probably the biggest difference between the two account types is that browser traffic is not encrypted for free users; the limitation removes one of the main selling points of the service from the equation as your connection to the service does not use HTTPS at the time. All connections made in the virtual environment are routed through the Tor network.
Free users are limited to 15 minutes of online time at a time and higher pings than commercial users.
Paid accounts cost $12 per month with private accounts being listed as well on the site (but without price).
Free users who want to try the service don't need to create an account before they can do so. A click on the "try for free" button on the Sadd website displays the launch prompt.
You need to confirm that you are not a robot and may select to run a a Linux or Windows desktop environment afterward. Free users are restricted to 15 minutes of playtime and the prompt highlights the fact as well.
The generation of the desktop takes a moment but it is quite acceptable.
There is no clock that keeps track of the time left to use the environment before it is automatically disposed of.
An assortment of tools is provided on the desktop. If you select Kali Linux, you get access to Firefox ESR, Burpsuite, Metasploit Framework, Beef XSS Framework and others that you may run.
The Windows desktop is more limited than that. You get copies of Firefox and Chrome that you may run, may use Internet Explorer, and that is about it.
Here is a video by the creators that explains the service's functionality:
One of the main advantages of Sadd is that it can be used in any modern web browser; there are no downloads, software installations, or configuration changes that users need to make to use the service.
The service does not log user activities and desktops created by it get securely deleted so that recovery is impossible according to the service.
Two of the main downsides to using the service are that it is restricted to 15 minutes of virtual desktop access at a time and that HTTPS is not used to connect to the virtual environment for free users.
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