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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How to configure Tor browser without Vidalia on Mac OS X? [migrated]

I have a problem with finding a configuration file for my downloaded Tor browser bundle (the default installation from project webpage). I want to adjust some advanced settings for my Tor browser, and ...
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Noob to tor/tails/darknet…forgot to disable Javascript. What to do now? [on hold]

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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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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Did Google discover my Tor Route? [migrated]

I just noticed something weird when using the Tor Browser to access google.com. My entry node was located in France, and the exit node was located in the Netherlands, as can be seen in the image ...
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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 reuse same .onion address with Tor ephemeral hidden services (python)? [migrated]

I'm establishing an ephemeral hidden service via Tor, but I wish to reuse the same .onion address. I know to do this I must presist the same private-key every time I run the hidden service, but how do ...
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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 “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. ...
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Tor as a Chrome/Firefox extension Plugin? [migrated]

Browsing habit seems to be one of the big factors on anonymity, and i am wondering if there is possibility that technology wise Tor can be written as a Plugin on top of Mainstream browsers, so the ...
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Setting specific geoIP in piratebrower

I'm using Piratebrowser. In-order to set specific country's IP, I used the line "ExitNodes {in}" Its working. I'm getting Indian IP in dnsleaktest; but my geolocation is getting a Japan ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Panopticlick performance for Tor Browser not great. Why?

These are the results for the Panopticlick test on Tor Browser that I just performed: Is your browser blocking tracking ads? Partial protection Is your browser blocking invisible trackers? ...
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How do you get a specific .onion address for your hidden service?

.onion addresses normally should be made of a base32 string of the first 80 bits of the SHA1 hash of the private key of the server (see .onion address specification). Today I ran into a service which ...
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How much information can be sniffed at tor exit nodes

When someone is sniffing data at a Tor exit node, how much information can be obtained? The IP can be revealed, but can they see everything you do? Does it make a difference if it is encrypted using ...
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Would it be possible to have a javascript observatory, stricter sandboxing and stricter CSP (Content Security Policy) for Tor?

Would it be possible to have a javascript observatory and stricter CSP (Content Security Policy) and implement it for the Tor Browser? A javascript observatory should work similar to EFF's SSL ...
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Is Tor Browser vulnerable to WebRTC leak?

If so, which are all the possible solutions to the problem? Are there similar issues to be aware of? Thank you in advance.
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Simulate Tor Circuit

So an interesting thought popped into my head as I was thinking over the Cryptowall malware. If you don't already know, Cryptowall utilizes the Tor service to make the back-end service it uses ...
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If my connection to a website is unencrypted while using Tor is my IP visible? [duplicate]

I suppose to those of you with technical expertise in this matter this question might seem obvious, so apologies as I am know nothing of this topic. Also what data would be possibly visible by someone ...
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Tor exit node can know my IP address?

I have read some articles about how Tor works. I know about layer by layer decryption, but there is something that I cannot understand: If the exit node is the one that does the last decryption and ...
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Can someone use WiFi snooping to see data I send through Tor Browser when I'm not using SSL?

(NOTE: I've read other similar questions, but I'm not at all certain about this, therefore I'm asking.) I travel a lot, and I generally use public WiFi spots and hotels/hostels/boarding houses etc. ...
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How would a resourceful government block Tor?

I came across this article saying that after the November 2015 Paris attacks, some French police officers proposed to ban Tor. Tor is used to circumvent censorship! What security techniques would ...
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How Tor, Privoxy, Vidalia and Polipo are getting together?

I realized that these applications are frequently used together. What is the role of each software in the mission of anonymity and privacy on the web? While I understand Vidalia is a GUI provider, I ...
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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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TOR and Orbot, possibility to add in dynamic AES encryption structure before data is send out? [duplicate]

I read on the documentation about the security issues on TOR, that it is ok if the website is running on HTTPS, but how about on Orbot and site that is not running on HTTPS? Even if it is running on ...
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Youtube.com trying to extract HTML5 canvas data: is Youtube trying to fingerprint users' browser?

While trying to watch a Youtube videos using Tor browser, the Tor browser opens an alert window: This website (www.youtube.com) attempted to extract HTML5 canvas image data, which may be used to ...
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Traffic anonymization through routing - software and algorithms

I stumbled upon an interview with "the grugq" in which he is talking about how hackers anonymize their traffic, i.e. hide their original ip address (- this is also what I will mean by "anonymizing" in ...
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Is using Chrome and Tor Browser at the same time secure?

I question this recently because as I was using the Tor Browser, while in the same time my Google-Chrome was opened, and I right-clicked on a word to search it in 'Disconect', when the page loaded I ...
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Tor browser further anonymity requirements [duplicate]

Tor and Tor Browser do a good job of providing anonymity, but we cannot rely on them alone. The development of newer techniques for identifying web users (such as canvas fingerprinting) mean that ...
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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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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 ...