Tor (short for The onion router) is a system intended to enable online anonymity. Tor client software routes Internet traffic through a worldwide volunteer network of servers in order to conceal a user's location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

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understanding where tor interferes (screenshot)

with just goal to better understand where tor interferes and where it hides my browsing from ISP, please look at this picture which just explains how to computers communicate. You can check on step ...
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Differences between using Tor browser and VPN

I can't quite figure out the differences between using the Tor browser and using a VPN (like concretely proXPN). From what I understand the idea is the same, that they both hide the IP address. The ...
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Why is Home --> VPN --> TOR worse than Home --> TOR?

I've read lot of questions asked on various websites about the pros & cons of using a VPN with Tor. As said on Tails website VPN make the situation worse by introducing a permanent entry guard or ...
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How should I manage the output of Scallion?

Scallion outputs a large XML file (depending on your regex settings). What is the most sensible way to sort, and prioritize the best names for the public key? For example, I would need to convert ...
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Multiple gateways (Whonix with Tails)?

I've been reading Whonix's documentation and threads here to be more anonymous and secure. For the best anonymity Whonix recommends having two different computers, one being the gateway and the other ...
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How do I analyze traffic chain when using both Tor and a browser-configured proxy

For example, I have set up the Tor network in Debian. I then set up proxy in Iceweasel browser (via the Preferences). How can I examine the traffic chain to determine if browser requests first go ...
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How does check.torproject.org know if you're using TOR?

I'm looking at the results from the following URL and would like to know how does the TOR website "know" that TOR is being used or not. https://check.torproject.org/?lang=en-US&small=1&...
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Detecting Tor proxy by reading request headers

I am a newbie to the field of security. As I was trying to explore more about HTTP request and response headers, I came across this website which provides a detailed analysis of the request header ...
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Does visiting the localhost with my Tor browser reduce my security?

I happen to have Tor open right now, and want to do a quick modification to my website. Does visiting localhost with Tor reduce the security of that session?
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How trivial is identifying a Tor user with JavaScript enabled/ 'allow scrips globally'?

I was browsing using Tor, with Javascript enabled/ 'allow scripts globally'. I made an automated take-down request for something posted on a website, and the next day went back to check if the item ...
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Setting specific geoIP in Piratebrowser

I'm using Piratebrowser. In order to set a specific country's IP, I used the line ExitNodes {in} which is working. I'm getting an Indian IP in dnsleaktest, but my geolocation is getting a Japanese ...
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How does Tor protect against an attacker just running thousands of nodes?

Does Tor have any protection against an adversary simply running a very large number of nodes? Someone with the necessary resources could just run thousands of relay nodes (including exit nodes). If ...
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How to use single Tor node as proxy? [duplicate]

I would just like to bypass a geo check (don't care about privacy) on some website. Is it possible to use a single Tor (exit) node as a proxy? (I am hoping to set up a 1 hop Tor connection to have a ...
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Facebook is not detecting Tor activities. Is that a good or bad?

I use Tor to visit Facebook because I have to bypass some proxies. The point is, I can access it without any problem, and my identity on Facebook changes according to the exit node. But when I ...
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Does rotating proxy provide better privacy?

We have anonymous rotating proxy service like ProxyMesh. ProxyMesh provides 14 rotating IP address proxy servers, each with 10 IP addresses rotating twice per day, giving you a total of 280 IP ...
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Do I have a IP leak if I use Tor and Skype/UDP?

I configure my OS so that it sends all traffic over the Tor (assume that, I configure Tor like proxy). I use Tor (which does not support UDP) and Skype (which uses UDP). My questions are: Does ...
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Tell browser my site has no scripts

I have created a Tor hidden service site which has absolutely no JavaScript or other types of client side scripts. The page is HTML, CSS, images, and some JSP for handling user input. I encourage ...
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What is going on with the FBI's mysterious 'Firefox exploit'? [closed]

Apparently, the FBI have the ability to 'hack TOR'. There was an operation against a pedophile website this year, to cut a long story short, the feds got the IP addresses of the denizens of the site ...
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Use Tor browser to download in .com site [duplicate]

I'm using Tor browser to download a file from a .com website. Can the website track/identify my original IP address. Does Tor hide real my IP address during the download ?
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Is using Tor and VPN combination more secure?

I have been reading more about Tor and its risks to personal data leakage to the exit nodes in the chain. This last node can snatch encryption keys or log in information of websites I may have ...
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Using specific firefox profile of Tor instead of Torbrowser

I create a dedicated profile in Firefox for tor (with firefox -no-remote -p) and configure it to use specific network setting with Edit > Preferences, Advanced > Network > Settings And then: manual ...
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Make my SSH I treat like VPN more anonymous [closed]

I have a VPS (although I could easily upgrade to a dedicated server) which I use as a "poor man's VPN" by tunneling through it. My aim is to improve this server so anyone attempting to track me has ...
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What's most standard way to secure internet connections and protect privacy?

It's common knowledge that Wi-Fi, or other Internet connections, should be encrypted via a VPN to be secure, and to hide our real IP address from intermediary network observers. However, one can't ...
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Safest SQL database [closed]

I am going to run a Tor Hidden Service on a Linux server. My site will have an SQL database. This DB contains user login, and a few other basic details. If it makes a difference depending on the ...
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How did this site prevent me from creating multiple accounts?

Disclaimer: I just realized this question may read a little bit as if I'm trying to promote this site. I'm not. Now that I think about it, I'm unsure whether this site even has a proper license from ...
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Is it suspicious that mail server sends traffic to Tor Exit node?

I am monitoring the outbound traffic from mail server through IDS and recently I observed there were some traffic sending to Tor Exit nodes from mail server, for example, IP 46.183.85.124. After doing ...
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public hotspot: Tor vs Antivirus Safe area?

I'm surfing through a public hotspot, I would like to login on my Facebook account with the minimum risk of being intercepted by any cracker connected to the same WiFi. I have both Tor browser and ...
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Noob to tor/tails/darknet…forgot to disable Javascript. What to do now? [closed]

I am a noob as stated in title. I didn't know how to disable Javascript before visiting some not-so-legit sites. So what can I do? I was using tor, I know this is not enough so I have tails ring a ...
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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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Does allowing Facebook cookies over TOR threaten my anonymity?

I was using Facebook on TOR without problem - I made no modifications to TOR, I just installed it and used it (except I had to do verification of identifying friends on login). I just switched to ...
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VPN - TOR can VPN provider see the data?

If I switch VPN on, then use TOR browser, can the VPN provider still see what is passing through TOR? I am thinking it can't, right? Because the TOR browser encrypts the data into the Onion layer ...
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How to route all traffic through TOR?

I have TOR setup on my macbook and I configured my wifi connection to use TOR's SOCKS Proxy that is running on port 9050. When I check my connection it confirms I am browsing through TOR. However, ...
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Why is it so hard to close onion domains (e.g. The Silkroad)?

A few months ago when I started to experiment with bitcoin I came across The Silkroad (only accessible via Tor) For those who do not know what Tor is and who do not want to waste their time ...
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What prevents ISPs from tracking chain of proxies' (or Tor relays') IP addresses?

I searched all over the internet for the answer for my simple question, but couldn't find anything useful. I already know that police have to access PCs used as proxies or Tor relay nodes to read ...
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How does Tor collect addresses of nodes?

My name is Alice and I would like to send a package to my beloved Bob. In order to avoid getting recognized by Bob I decide to send my message through several nodes. At each step, a node decrypts the ...
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How to get a secure iPhone [closed]

I have a friend overseas in a war zone, and would like to order an iPhone with this security built in. I understand that you do this, but am unclear how to: Get the iPhone to you. How to secure ...
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How much can I trust Tor?

How much can I depend on Tor for anonymity? Is it completely secure? My usage is limited to accessing Twitter and Wordpress. I am a political activist from India and I do not enjoy the freedom of ...
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Tails, relay nodes tracking

When I open "network map" on Tails, I see a list of IP addresses with locations. What are these? And it's titled "Relay". Does the government have access to all relay nodes on the TOR network as they ...
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How well Tor protects against fingerprinting?

I don't want certain websites to track me, but they don't work without js. I found a few plugins that all require "reading and changing all data on all websites", so I needed something else. I was ...
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TOR cracked: How do you think the FBI did it? [closed]

I read in this article that the FBI was able to crack the anonymity of TOR. From what I heard and read , onion routing makes it almost impossible to de-anonymize a user. The last time I heard anyone ...
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How does the hacker manage to spoof a different IP address?

For the last 2 days, +/- every 15 minutes, someone is attempting to sign-in to my online email account. When I verify recent activity, the IP address (and the corresponding country) is different for ...
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How can website server recognize incoming Tor or VPN connection? [duplicate]

I was trying to signup for a service provided by a website using Tor, the website prevented me and asked me to disable my proxy settings, he noticed me with the following: Our checks indicate that ...
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Anonymity on a non-anonymous computer [closed]

Question: What steps should be done on a not anonymous PC with personal data to get as anonymous as possible ? Background Info: I use my laptop with Kali Linux for java coding and some C# on VM's....
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Creating a Plugin for TOR Browser Bundle

I am writing a plugin for Firefox to evaluate the security of a web page. If I write this for Firefox, will it be able to be ported into the TOR browser? Is it advisble to run plugins in the TOR ...
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Proxy + TOR = anonymous?

I've been doing some research about how to stay anonymous on the net, and I was wondering what if you set up for instance your browser, to run through a proxy and then run through tor? Can I browse ...
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Why hasn't anyone taken over Tor yet?

Tor is known to encrypt the transferred content and the meta information by layering the encryption. I know there have been correlation attacks that deanonymized some users by federal agencies. Why ...
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What is the difference between traffic co-relation attack and timing attack?(with relation to VPN or TOR)

Till what I have understood of timing attack is that I send 5Mb request and my VPN also sends a 5Mb request(the adversary present at both the ends i.e my ISP and VPN's end,hence the adversary finding ...
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Is it dangerous to have Tor exit node?

If I buy VPS and create Tor exit node there what would happen if someone did bad thing using my exit node? (terrorism, hacking goverment sites etc) VPS provider will share information about me to FBI ...
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Why is Tor safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet, my traffic must leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node can see the data originally sent. Is this true? If an ...
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How is Tor secure despite being open source?

If Tor is open source (and thus its process of concealing your IP is known), then how does it keep anything secure? Couldn't someone look at the source code and figure out how to reverse the routing ...