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McAfee the man launches 'NSA-thwarting' $100 privacy gizmo

Pretending to be Guatemalan trinket peddler not disguise ENOUGH*

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John McAfee, the wild man of security software, has unveiled plans for a cheap gadget for decentralised networking that he claims can keep users safe from the prying eyes of government.

The D-Central, which McAfee hopes to produce within six months, would cost around $100, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Technically we seem to be talking about a $100 router for building small, disconnected private networks – a "darknet" that fits in the pocket. Details are a bit thin on the ground but will be pulled together through a new business called Future Tense (which doesn't appear to have its own website as yet).

McAfee, last seen in a tongue-in-cheek video showing how to uninstall the eponymous antivirus software using a handgun, outlined his latest plans during a talk at the C2SV Technology Conference + Music Festival in San Jose, California, on Saturday.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, was in the audience for McAfee's presentation. His apparently unimpressed reaction to what he was hearing can be seen here. ®

* See McAfee takes time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police... Yes, he did. Shoe polish. Yes. Really.

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