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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Is there any “Internet Kill Switch” feature in TOR Browser Bundle?

At times a VPN drops connection and leaks traffic. Some VPNs have "Internet Kill Switch" to stop traffic automatically when this happens. Does TOR browser bundle also have any such feature by default ...
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Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?

Me -> Node A -> Node B -> Node C -> destination The documentation on Tor always states that only the exit node C can see plain text data. How is this possible without me talking to Node C ...
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When do you generally turn on your VPN? [on hold]

What types of behavior do you guys tend to want to hide? I'm asking because if you have an account then you would have to turn it off or people would know who you are. So obviously, this is just for ...
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Is tor really fully decentralized?

I think, somewhere an initial list of the connectable peers had to download. Manipulating this list, or the server providing this list, weren't a serious security compromise of the whole network?
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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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Is listening to an audio stream through Tor (using Tails) hazardous?

If someone were to listen to a SHOUTcast server through Tor using VLC (not just downloading the M3U playlist through the Tor browser, of course, but while running Tails), would it put their security ...
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Possibility of Correlating Certain User Groups in low-latency Networks

Lets first assume some things: There exists an Adversary There exists a known Group of Users of a certain System. The User can communicate to the System through a small set of (to user and ...
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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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Is there a way to make Tor network your full VPN?

Is there a way to use Tor network as your VPN, proxy or something alike? I have been gone to their website but I've seen just browser (Tor Browser), bridge, relay and exit. Is there way to tell ...
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Is an anonymity network like Tor viable on top of the GPG web of trust?

The web of trust is a graph where the vertices are GPG users (actually, their keys) and the edges are cross-signatures. If we put issues of owner trust aside and assume that all participants only sign ...
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What are the likely pros and cons of this new network security device? [closed]

The people from WAW Technologies who launched the project describe this Linux appliance as the "The Swiss Army Knife of network devices". ...
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Blocking Tor By Trying to Connect to an Entry Node [closed]

So, I had an idea on how to block Tor (or similar tools) from being used on your network (or ISP, which is perhaps more relevant, considering Tor's mission). I'm assuming it wouldn't work (based on ...
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Is TLS in Tor useless?

I am trying to optimize the Orchid Tor client library for my needs and noticed that every connection with every node uses TLS with turned off certificate verification. Actually there are no TLS ...
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Tor and remote desktop viewing

If I am using tor for anonimity, does this prevent staff at a place of employment or an educational institution from remotely viewing my desktop and seeing what I am doing on Tor? If so how can I get ...
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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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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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Is there a way to block all TOR traffic incident on my public servers?

I don't want any connections coming from a tor network to be accepted by my servers.
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Does Tor browser work with college network? [closed]

I'm in a system where my modem connects to a college network (KotNet) that monitors its internet traffic. Since I'd like some privacy I was wondering if a Tor browser would hide my identity or if it ...
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is it secure to use proxychains+tor while logged in as root

when using proxychains+tor in kali,you should be logged in as root because proxychanis doesnt work when you are not logged in as root but using tor while logged in as root is not secure so what is ...
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connecting a secure computer directly to the internet without a router

If you have a fairly secure computer how dangerous is it to connect to a modem directly without a router in between. Let's say the computer is running Debian as a host and Whonix in VirtualBox, a VPN ...
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how to use tor in linux kali with other applications

I want to know how to open applications as nmap and recon-ng through tor first I have kali linux v 1.0.9 and tor I tried using proxychains recon-ng but all I get is that the normal banner of ...
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How is a Tor hidden service authenticated based only on trusting the address?

While being fascinated by how it is possible to create hidden services with Tor, there's a few details around the address collision issue I can't seem to wrap my head around. Quote from Hidden ...
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Could someone compare basic anonymity vs basic computer hacker anonymity? [duplicate]

So, let's say one just doesn't want the government/corporations to know what they are doing online. Let's say, for example, that they just don't trust the NSA, FBI, Google, etc. So what are the steps ...
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Do you really have to go to the extremes this guide says?

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-stay-anonymous-with-tor-1498876762 Alright, so here's a lifehacker guide on how to remain anonymous. Do you really have to go to this high level of extreme to remain ...
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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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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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How can Tor be considered a standard tool for achieving anonimity, given that it is created by the government? [duplicate]

Tor network is considered to be a main tool for achieving network anonymity. But it is of common knowledge, that Tor was created by programmers in US Navy. Yet the main "spy" on the net is considered ...
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How to get net anonymity while browsing?

I am a college student and am getting free wifi for using the 'Hostel campus" facility ', to access net, I have to put a proxy IP address to my browser. I have heard that they can see what all ...
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Using Facebook via Tor

I think about using Tor for nearly everthing, including Facebook, because FB often tags the users even on other sites, for example per Like-Button, Cookies etc. Now I think about using the Tor ...
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How can I be as anonymous as possible while on Tor? [duplicate]

I've started browsing the deep web recently and have seen a lot of illegal content. Now while I have no interest in any of the illegal content, I don't want to be caught on one of these sights because ...
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Anonymity through Tor over VPN [closed]

I want to do some research on network anonymity. Assume that I am careful enough not to disclose any personal information while connected to an anonymous network. If I run a system that uses TOR ...
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I'm wondering how I hide my identity online well

what are the different ways to become anonymous. Is quicksilver a good email for that? What are the different options? I know about proxies, Tor, and VPNs. Should I do all three? I like computers but ...
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Hidden TrueCrypt Container containing the Tor Browser Bundle

I'm considering using a hidden TrueCrypt container to keep a Tor browser bundle copy which could save bookmarks. In this case, would the TBB leave traces on the OS it started with? E.g. I use my ...
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How are Tor packets decrypted on the client?

I am a bit confused about packet decryption of Tor on the client. I understand that if a client sends a request to a web server by using Tor, the request will be encrypted a couple of times, and ...
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What are the risks of using Tor browser? [duplicate]

Are there any risks to using Tor browser? Does it make you more prone to being hacked, since a majority of hacker community is using Tor?
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Why does Tor use a new route every few minutes

As far as I know, Tor selects three new nodes every few minutes. What is the advantage of this? The only thing I came up with was to prevent "Bad exit nodes" from viewing too much of your (hopefully ...
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Design differences of tails and whonix concerning virtualization

Tails and Whonix both can run in VirtualBox. Tails doesn't recommends it for security reasons (https://tails.boum.org/doc/advanced_topics/virtualization/index.en.html), for Whonix it seems to be a ...
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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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Is this a secure way to connect with Tor?

I was discussing the use of tor with a friend, and he happened to suggest a way to remain secure when using applications on the terminal (Lynx, Nmap etc.) His suggestion was this: ssh-keygen -b 4096 ...
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Is it possible to retrieve MAC address of a host using Tor?

I know that Tor is used for anonymity while browsing in the Internet. I heard that by using Tor, it is possible to hide my IP. But is it possible to hide my MAC address also?
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In the SilkRoad takedown, what does it mean “An IP address was leaking” in Tor?

According to the official complaint, on Page 28 they mention: on May 24, 2013, a Silk Road user sent him a private message warning him that "some sort of external IP address" was "leaking" from ...
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TOR security if ISP blocks TLS channel?

If ISP blocks TLS channel while a user is using TOR, can he read the TOR traffic, since TOR uses TLS encryption ?
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How are packets received by a Tor exit node routed back through the Tor circuit?

What happens to the packets that the exit node sends/receives from the desired web server? Does each response packet get routed back through the Tor circuit (encrypting on the way) individually? If ...
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Anonymity with TOR in wifi connection (student house)

I just moved in a student flat where several students are using the same wifi connection. A few days ago the internet was very slow and a guy (son of the owner) came in to ask if I was downloading. He ...
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How does Tor protect against fake entry nodes / total redirection?

There is much material on how to protect yourself from malicous exit nodes, especially by using SSL and minimizing the leakage of identifying information (user-agent, screen size, etc.). However, I ...
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Is running a TOR node from device in home network secure?

I want to run a TOR node using a small ARM device mini server. I already have a good firewall set but feel a bit uncomfortable when giving away my IP address to the open web by opening a port. If I ...
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Is there a way of determining if tor is running on a remote machine?

In most of the companies, IT guys block some sites and by using TOR or other VPNs people walk around these blocks and gain access to blocked content. My question is, assuming TOR is running on ...
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How can i protect myself from tor vulnerability on windows

Recently I came across an article regarding Tor. According to article there is speculation that the uncovered malware was used by a law enforcement agency to harvest the IP addresses of users ...
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Is there an anti-proxy detection available?

Sites like Wikipedia and Google (among others) don't let you sign up through a proxy or TOR (at least with Google, you have to provide SMS verification if you sign up through proxy.) Somehow they ...
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Can my workplace view my Tor traffic? [duplicate]

I connect to the internet using my company's Wi-Fi and Tor. Can they still see the websites I visit?