Portal onion routing
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Portal Onion Routing is a secure way to link a secure location with an insecure location, such as linking your secure main base with spawn, or with some other compromised area. It's generally understood that direct links are far too risky, no matter well hidden the portal is. Portal Onion Routing offers an acceptable trade-off between security and convenience, at the cost of greater number of diamond blocks for more portals.
As depicted in the example, the base is connected to spawn through "chains", or "waypoints". The player uses each chain and proceeds to the secret coordinates to the next chain. Using this method, you can ensure that as long as the last waypoint is not discovered (the last link in the chain), your base will remain secure.
This method is not fool-proof. It is slightly less secure than having no route at all, however if done correctly, should only prove to be a small loss of security in exchange for a huge gain in convenience. One must be careful of these pitfalls:
- Someone could follow you while invisible, discovering the waypoints you used
- Your waypoints aren't hidden well enough
- There aren't enough waypoints, leading to reduced security
For added security, try these tips:
- Hide your portals behind or underneath natural lava. This comes at the cost of needing to carry fire resist potions to use them, but they're unlikely to be discovered even in insecure high-traffic areas (i.e. spawn).
- Your waypoints don't need to link towards your destination. For example, all your waypoints could travel far into the 3rd quadrant, and the last chain leads to your base in the 1st quadrant. There's no reason for them to be in the same quadrant, coordinate direction, or even the same dimension. Any added confusion like this will greatly reduce chance of discovery.