A few of the most commonly asked questions regarding the NinjaStik, you can also find specifications and additional details on the Support pages.
How fast does the NinjaStik boot up?
The average time from power off to a loaded desktop is about 45 seconds. We say 60 seconds, but usually it is faster than that. It’s nice to under promise and over deliver. It does vary by the computer that you are using. The fastest so far was 38 seconds. The slowest test was on a 15 year old computer – a P3 Compaq with 512mb – and it was still only 80 seconds to a working desktop, Firefox loaded and Tor confirmed.
Is the NinjaStik USB 2.0 or 3.0?
The NinjaStik Lite is built on a 2.0 flash drive & the NinjaStik Pro is a USB 3.0 flash drive but will work with any USB port on your computer – 2.0 or 3.0. The tests and speeds quoted above are using the Pro on computers with 2.0 USB ports.
Are there any extra charges, fees, memberships etc?
No. Never. period. You just buy the NinjaStik and use it with any internet connection. The NinjaStik does not have any limitations, bandwidth charges, monthly fees, extra costs EVER.
What happens if my NinjaStik Pro or NinjaStik Lite is lost, confiscated, seized, stolen, or left at a friends?
If your encrypted NinjaStik is lost or confiscated no one will be able to access the files and history that you have saved. Theoretically it could be cracked if you had approximately 50 supercomputers and thousands of years. You read that correctly, thousands of years – see this article on Wikipedia for the stats, but realistically your data is pretty much untouchable.
Can I change the encryption passphrase?
Yes you can and it is highly recommended! The NinjaStiks ship to you with a default passphrase and password. Both of these need to be changed when you get your NinjaStik (it takes less than a minute to do). Every NinjaStik is individually encrypted but there is the technical possibility that we could keep a ‘master key’ for each NinjaStik (we don’t) that could be used to access your NinjaStik if we were able to go to your house and steal your NinjaStik (we won’t). To ensure against even that hypothetical problem, there are also instructions included on the NinjaStik to re-encrypt your key yourself.
Do you promise perfect anonymity?
No, the NinjaStiks will route you through Tor, will hide your real IP address, encrypt your communications, encrypt your storage and secure your data but it will not prevent you from doing something yourself that jeopardizes your anonymity. As the creators of Tor say themselves “Tor can’t help you if you use it wrong” Don’t enter your real name into web forms, don’t do anything illegal, don’t log into your real email & social media sites from your NinjaStik.
Does it protect me from browser fingerprinting?
No it does not – Browser fingerprinting uses the unique combination of hardware, software, fonts, plugins and even connected devices of your computer to determine a unique ‘signature’ from the viewpoint of the site or network you visit.
How much space is available for saving files on the NinjaStik?
NinjaStik Pro 16 – approximately 11.5 GB of storage space
NinjaStik Pro 32 – approximately 27 GB of storage space
NinjaStik Lite 8 – approximately 4 GB of space
If you would like a larger custom NinjaStik installed to a 64 or 128gb flash drive, or have it installed to a 2.5″ hard drive, please use the contact form to request a price.
If I plug the NinjaStik Pro or Lite into a computer that is turned on and running Windows or OSX, what will I see?
You will see nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. The NinjaStik Pro & Lite are fully encrypted and unreadable unless the passphrase has been entered. If you plug your NinjaStik into a computer already turned on and running Windows it will pop up a message stating that the drive is empty and needs to be formatted. It is a very nice feature if anyone decides to be nosy and try to see what is on your NinjaStik. btw – Do not format your NinjaStik! (read the next question if you have….)
What happens if I mess up my NinjaStik Pro or Lite while trying to add programs or if I accidentally corrupt it or even format it?
If you ever format, wipe, corrupt or mess up the software on your NinjaStik, we’ve got you covered. You can mail your NinjaStik to us and we’ll re-load the NinjaStik software and ship it back to you for free. You just pay to send it to us, we’ll take care of the rest. We want to encourage people to learn about Linux and not be afraid of ‘breaking something’. Keep in mind, reloading will wipe any existing data so make sure you have you stuff backed up.
Why doesn’t the NinjaStik have the logo printed on it?
If someone sees your NinjaStik you can decide if they are cool enough to tell them about it. If not, then it’s just a regular USB drive.
NinjaStik, NinjaStik, Ninja Stick, What’s the difference?
We liked NinjaStik (sounded and looked clever) but found most people were either having difficulty with a missing letter or searching for the wrong name so we use all three interchangeably.
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Does the NinjaStik work on Apple computers?
The NinjaStiks Pro, Lite & Now will work on Intel based Mac computers. The NinjaStiks have been tested using a first gen MacBook Pro and a second gen Mac Mini, both worked flawlessly. See this page for more details.
Does the NinjaStik work on ___ brand computers?
The easiest way to determine this – if your computer can boot from USB, it can run a NinjaStik. There are a few computers that require modifying the boot options. If in doubt, use the contact form to ask first.
Does the NinjaStik work on flash based websites?
Yes it does – youtube and many other ‘tube based sites work flawlessly on all of the NinjaStiks.
Does the NinjaStik use the ‘Tor browser bundle’?
No, the NinjaStik does not use TBB. We are using Firefox, Tor and Vidalia, but it is our own setup as opposed to the TBB. On the NinjaStik Firefox is optimized to run from a USB to make it faster. The NinjaStik also has Firefox customized with the Startpage search engine for additional privacy when searching online. We’ve also built it with the EFF HTTPS plugin as well as Adblock and NoScript.
Is the NinjaStik selling free software?
The NinjaStik is not selling free software, it is selling a USB flash drive with the free software installed and customized for you. Read more about distributing free software HERE. What we are really selling is convenience and great customer service.
Is there an email client installed?
Yes, the NinjaStik Pro comes with Thunderbird email client and also includes Enigmail the Open PGP encryption plugin pre-installed.
Read more about Enigmail at enigmail.net
Is there a Bitcoin wallet installed?
Yes, the NinjaStik Pro comes with the Electrum Bitcoin wallet installed and configured to connect through Tor. You can learn more about it here.
Can the NinjaStik get viruses and malware?
Not in the way that Windows can. The NinjaStik runs on Linux so it it almost impervious to viruses compared to Windows. You can browse any website and not worry about picking up a virus or having malware infect your computer. It’s a very comforting feeling to have.
What operating system is NinjaStik using?
The NinjaStiks run Lubuntu. It is a much faster, lighter and cleaner operating system than regular Ubuntu. The version on NinjaStik has no modified source code, just a lot of unnecessary games and programs removed in favour of space and speed. It has been themed to look very familiar to most users. If you are used to working with Windows, the NinjaStik will be very easy to use.
How does the NinjaStik keep up-to-date?
The NinjaStik automatically checks weekly for any updates to the entire distro, including Tor, Firefox and kernel updates as well as any security updates for any program. The automatic updater will pop up to announce updates – from there it is simply click, password, click click and your done. Also to note – all updates and software installs are run through Tor as well. We are particularly proud of this as none of the router based or CD based Tor options out there have this convenience.
Is browsing on TOR slow?
Sometimes, but usually the browsing speed is great. The speed of your connection is determined by the speed of the exit node, which can be slower than browsing in the clear. If you find that your connection is slow, open the Vidalia control and click on ‘new identity’. This will connect you to a new exit server and is usually faster.
Can I download torrents with the NinjaStik?
No, torrents use up a huge amount of bandwidth and will overwhelm the TOR network. Because of this, the NinjaStik does not come with a torrent client installed. You could install one yourself, but most exit server operators block torrent traffic anyway.
Can I use ssh over TOR with a NinjaStik?
SSH over TOR is not configured by default. It can be done, following this guide: http://askubuntu.com/
Can I view PDF files on the NinjaStik?
Yes you can – the NinjaStik uses an open source PDF viewer. Advanced PDF manipulation (editing, concatenation, etc) is not available.
Can I use a VPN along with the NinjaStik?
You could use a VPN with the NinjaStik but it is not recommended – here is the explanation from torproject.
Yes you certainly can. Getting some programs to work over Tor can be a hassle but it can be done and you are most welcome to install them yourself. If you really want email and Bitcoin software we highly recommend the NinjaStik Pro.
Common Questions from Windows Users
Can I use the NinjaStik with Windows?
– The NinjaStiks run on your computer, but is not a program that runs on Windows.
Can I use my existing programs with the NinjaStik?
– No, the NinjaStik is a self contained system running Linux.
Can I run ___ program or application on the NinjaStik?
– If it is a Windows program, No. There are program emulators to run Windows programs on Linux but the security of the emulators and the Windows programs are not know; therefore the NinjaStik does not include the ability to run Windows programs.
Can I access my existing files, pictures, data on my Windows PC?
– Yes you can access those files through the NinjaStik file browser.
If you have a question, send us an email. We are always happy to answer any questions, before and after you buy.
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