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Simple, Anonymous File SharingMUTE File Sharing is a peer-to-peer network that provides easy search-and-download functionality while also protecting your privacy.MUTE File Sharing compiles as a fast, native application for many platforms (no Java, no Python, etc.).News(-) MUTE File Sharing version 0.5.1 has been released. This is a bugfix release that deals with startup connectivity issues. If you've been having trouble connecting to the MUTE network with version 0.5, you should upgrade. For a complete list of changes, see the change log.MUTE protects your privacy by avoiding direct connections with your sharing partners in the network. Most other file sharing programs use direct connections to download or upload, making your identity available to spies from the RIAA and other unscrupulous organizations.How MUTE Protects Your PrivacyThe main way that MUTE protects your privacy is by avoiding direct connections between downloaders and uploaders. Earlier, we described how search requests are sent around standard networks: you send a search to your neighbors, and they send it to their neighbors, who in turn send it to their neighbors, and so on. By using the network to route search requests, these networks deliver a particular request to many nodes without making direct connections to any of them. Of course, when it comes time to transfer a file, these networks use direct connections.MUTE routes all messages, including search requests, search results, and file transfers, through the network of neighbor connections. Thus, though you know the Internet addresses of your neighbors, you do not know the Internet address of the node you are downloading from.MUTE is a secure, anonymous, distributed communications framework. Node-to-node connections are encrypted, and messages are routed using an ant-inspired algorithm. The first MUTE-based app supports anonymous file sharing.Release Date:2007-04-23Topic:File Sharing, SecurityOperating System:32-bit MS Windows (95/98), All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP),All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes),OS X, Linux, OS Independent (Written in an interpreted language)License:GNU General Public License (GPL)Translations:EnglishIntended Audience:End Users/DesktopUser Interface:Cocoa (MacOS X), Win32 (MS Windows), X Window System (X11)Programming Language:C++