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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download file/folder anonymously on a ssh session

I rent a paid VPS hosted online and want to transform it to a sort of treasure chest where I can upload and download files privately. For this purpose I want to do this operation over the Tor network. ...
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Security of stock iPod vs. hardened Android [on hold]

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/secure-way-communicate-IPOs-touch/ https://www.lawfareblog.com/iphones-fbi-and-going-dark I'm looking for some advice on how to affordably secure my electronic ...
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Why is Tor over HTTPs insecure?

I don't get how a HTTPs connection over Tor can be insecure. Where's the difference between a normal HTTPs connection and a TOR -> HTTP connection? Many sites recommend to use the Onion-URL instead of ...
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Why are discovered vulnerabilities of suspicious/illegal online software published? [on hold]

For example, the Tor network has recently been hit by a reveal of a major exploit in a research paper. Isn’t publishing the details on the exploits completely counter-productive as the developers of ...
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Downloading files using Tor

I have the Tor Browser Bundle installed and have been using the Firefox Tor browser. If I attempt to download a file or email attachment I get the following warning I understand that if I download ...
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Can Tor nodes know their position in the circuit? [migrated]

It is documented which node knows what. I'm wondering if the nodes in the circuit know their own relative position. For normal three relay paths, they certainly can infer their position: the exit ...
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Why do tor nodes maintain TLS keys with all other Tor nodes?

I read that Tor proxy maintains a session key with tor nodes and uses it while encrypting data but why do Tor nodes maintain keys with other tor nodes?
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Using Tor browser to use YouTube and account security

YouTube is not available in my country, but I want to make an account on YouTube and use it. I'm not interested in protecting my identity. It is fine if anyone can monitor it. The thing I'm interested ...
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Is 100% anonymity possible with Tor under certain circumstances? [duplicate]

Tor has guidelines that define a set of rules/techniques to assure anonymity. Some examples are browsing in small window mode so your screen resolution can't be detected, using HTTPS everywhere, and ...
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Twitter phone verification while on Tor [closed]

Twitter locked me out of my account. I can log in but I can't do anything with it until I give them a phone number. I've had the account for years but they've decided now there's "suspicious ...
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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 to increase anonymity of TOR

I need some system to gain a high level anonymity - nobody should have the possibility to figure out my IP. I can use TOR, but I do not completely trust to it. So I have an idea for a system with high ...
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How does TOR extend circuit to a third node? [migrated]

I am reading the Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router article and my question is that how TOR extends circuit to a third node? On page 7 of the article,left column, it says: To extend the ...
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Downloading through Tor or not Tor?

If I download a file through TOR, will it be any different than if I download a file through a normal internet browser? I've downloaded stuff through TOR but it's always really slow. I was wondering ...
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Solution to remain anonymous on a website that dismiss tor users?

I want to access to a website who recognize tor users and dismiss them. I have read that if you connect to a proxy after your tor exit node, the website wouldn't know that you are a tor user and ...
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Difference between X-Forwarded-For IP, X-Real-IP, VPNs and TOR

I have this Google Chrome Privacy Preserving Extension that I am working on. Where I can spoof the header information e.g user agents and else. When I spoof X-Forwarded-For IP and go to ...
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DynDNS alongside Tor? [closed]

Is there a way to resolve Dynamic DNS with Tor so that I can connect to my computer behind a NAT even if I am in a country that consider supicious connections to my native country ?
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Questions on true anonymity

I am going to use Tails to connect to Tor through VPN which has AES-256 data encryption, SHA-256 data authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption on my Mac on my school's WiFi (as public as I can ...
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Could my DNS requests get manipulated while using tor?

I just downloaded Tor Browser Bundle and extracted it. I had no copy of my Tor Nodes Settings so i just browsed using the standard nodes and i forgot to disabke Java Script. I did not notice ...
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Going to host a “hidden service”, should I “wipe” or edit file metadata?

I have made a site that is a hidden service on the Tor network. I was wondering if there any security risks by leaving metadata untouched for various files including but not limited to stylesheets ...
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VirtualBox: Ubuntu With or Without Virtual Hard Drive

I've been working on a setup using VirtualBox that uses the Whonix Gateway as a Tor middlebox and I am planning on using Ubuntu for the workstation. I don't plan on storing any information on the ...
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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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Why disable JavaScript in Tor? [duplicate]

Why it is not advisable to use JavaScript with Tor? Yet with JavaScript, you cannot get the IP address of the user except through an external website. How could using JavaScript with Tor expose one's ...
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TOR: same exact entry node since a week ago

Since a few days ago, my copy of TOR (4.5.3) keeps using exactly the same entry node every single time I use it. I am pretty sure that that's not how it used to be in the past. I feel a bit ...
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How do you properly setup Tor on Windows 7?

How do you properly setup Tor on a Windows 7 box to guarantee that ALL connections will run through Tor?
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Can high network usage be detected and prevented in Tor? [closed]

I've already asked this question here but as of yet it has no views/answers. I was wondering if there is any way for Tor to detect high network usage in the context of transferring large files using ...
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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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About onion packet and onion routing?

I was just wondering if anyone has a diagram showing what is encrypted inside an onion packet when it leaves the sender? When a Tor client sends the packet out, wouldn't the entry onion node know ...
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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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Can Tor nodes infect my computer with malware?

Can I get "hacked" by a Tor node? My computer is sending packets through the Tor nodes and receiving packets from them as well. Can I be sure that there are no Tor nodes that manipulate the packets ...
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Could anyone technically see my requests with TOR if the person has access to my router?

I was wondering if someone could sniff the packets I send via my computer with something like Wireshark I guess even if I use TOR and the person could access the router like stated.
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MITM attack between me and TOR entry node

In which ways can my ISP, who by the way controls the WiFi router I connect to, do a MITM attack on my TOR connections and hence read the traffic?
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Tor website HPKP (key pinning) failure

I'm currently facing a key pinning error when trying to access the torproject.org website with Firefox. Is anyone facing the same problem? Does anyone know if they changed their certificate? If not, ...
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proxychains + dnscrypt + tor

I'm currently working in Kali and I'm trying to boost my security and anonymity online. Please, bear with me for I am no expert yet. Googling and searching here has yielded useful info but not enough ...
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How 'private' is my setup?

I'm currently running QubesOS (so essentially a virtualized Fedora operating system), which I use to access an offshore VPS through I2P (using garliccat). I then route all my traffic through the VPS ...
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Decrypting TOR traffic?

Is there any way to decrypt tor traffic from an exit node or relay? I know it's possible to analyze the traffic using something like tcpflow or tcpdump, but it comes back as encrypted giberish. Is ...
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Is this a security flaw in tor? [duplicate]

I realize this question more belongs on the tor exchange (and i have indeed posted it there) so if you want to vote to close this question I completely understand. But I have noticed that this site it ...
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Online anonymity for a journalist in a dangerous country [closed]

I am a journalist in a corrupt country. I am concerned that my online usage will allow my antagonists to track me down, and it wouldn't end very good. I am aware that I may use TOR and VPNs, and ...
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Theoretical VPN and Tor Encryption Chain

Okay, so I've been looking around at the benefits of using tor to access you vpn and vice versa. Here's what I've come up with: VPN -> Tor Pros: Hides Tor usages from isp Hides your activities ...
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Is a Tor router really safer than a proxy?

If I use a Tor router to browse the regular internet that it has to leave the Tor network through an exit node. Apparently the exit node has all the information from the original user it came from on ...
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In a monitored network, can the admins tell if Tor is being used?

I'm not asking if Tor is secure, I'm asking if an observer can know you are using Tor? For example if a persons ISP or company network monitors traffic would they be able to determine with certainty ...
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TOR makes multiple connections - why?

When using TOR, I issued this in terminal sudo netstat -punta | grep 443. Output was tcp 0 0 x.x.x.x:y a.a.a.a:443 ESTABLISHED 5769/tor tcp 0 0 x.x.x.x:y ...
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Whonix Signature verification failure

I've downloaded Whonix images and I have successfully imported the signing key (https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Signing_Key). I have also established trust for the said key and verified that by ...
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Can Tor pre-built binaries be different than if someone builds from source? [closed]

Is there a possibility (and how likely is it) that the pre-built binaries of Tor that most of us use are backdoored or altered in some way, unlike the source code?
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Are darknets in the internet like Tor and i2p similar to darknets implemented for security like the CAIDA network telescope.?

I am planning to implement a darknet in an organizational network to work alongside SNORT to detect malicious scanning activities in the network like the CAIDA network telescope/Internet Motion ...
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How is Tor secure?

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 ...
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What is the best setup to keep my email private from both attackers and government agencies?

I am attempting to setup a secure and private email account for my company. we currently use gmail which actually requests the emails from a hosting service provider that is configured with our ...
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Setting the exit node of a tor relay by country [closed]

I'm having some trouble in setting the country of the tor exit nodes. Following this link, by adding the bellow entries to the ./Data/torrc ExitNodes {ru} StrictNodes 1 an exit node from the ...
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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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In theory, can a restricted-use ToR network be created with “Verifiable Encryption”? How should I approach learning it?

I have mobile devices (low power, low bandwidth) need to act as a proxy for certain types of P2P encrypted data, such as voting, bitcoin payment, or other specific-purpose usage, and I want to make ...