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 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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Why Can't I access IRC@freenode via TOR? [on hold]

I'm working behind a Squid firewall that seems to block IRC, SSH, etc. I decided to fireup tor and use that as my proxy to access IRC, but currently, when my client (HexChat) attemps to connect to ...
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Are VPNs more secure than TOR? Why? [duplicate]

I've heard from multiple sources that a trusted VPN service is more secure than using TOR. Is this true? Even if TOR is used with SSL? Why or why not? And how do they compare with regard to anonymity? ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Tor browser with external Vidalia proxy [migrated]

I have configured an Onion router successfully - based on this tutorial. I connect to the wireless network, and all of my connections are using Tor. I also started Vidalia on port 8118 on the ...
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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 ...
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Is the connection to Tor hidden services encrypted?

It's possible for Tor exit nodes to sniff traffic on normal websites, unless you connect via SSL/HTTPS. But what about hidden services, they don't seem to support the HTTPS protocol. Can the exit ...
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What information can Adobe Reader and MS Word send over the internet when a document is opened? [duplicate]

I was reading the warnings with Tor and was curious about this one inparticular: Don't open documents downloaded through Tor while online The Tor Browser will warn you before automatically ...
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How to establish VPN connection through Tor? [closed]

How do I connect to a VPN network via Tor? Is it more anonymous than the other way around (VPN-->Tor)?
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How can I put in relation http timestamp with country time zone of the IP?

I have a series of packets within a PCAP files, among them I'm getting packet with HTTP protocol. starting from IP address I get the timestamp in GMT format and the time zone, for example: Source ...
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If I visit a HTTPS website when using Tor, is my IP exposed?

HTTPS is an end-to-end encrypted connection. Given this, does the website I am visiting know my original IP? The website is only available over HTTPS (not unencrypted HTTP).
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Can anyone access my computer if I use tor browser?

Today I was told that if I use tor browser, hackers may access my Computer and can delete or copy files from my Hard Drive. Is it really true? Can hackers access my computer If I use tor? Thanks ...
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How can you be tracked using screen resolution/monitor size in Tor?

Whenever I maximize the Tor browser, it shows a warning: Maximizing Tor Browser can allow websites to determine you monitor size, which can be used to track you... How can screen resolution or ...
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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 it safe to access http sites from Tor?

Somewhere I read that you should only open HTTPS links on Tor because otherwise your ISP for example could read the webpages you visit. I searched on the subject and somewhere else I read that the ...
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Is Tor secure if exit node is compromised?

Ok, so let's say exit node has been compromised, or it is run by NSA or whatever. Can they still track you? They obviously can see the last IP address of the server, but what about the one server ...
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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 safe is Tor from MITM/snooping attacks?

I am behind an HTTP proxy, and I frequently tunnel out via an ssh -D SOCKS proxy (I have access to a couple of outside servers which I can tunnel to) when the HTTP proxy causes problems1. Now, this ...
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How is Tails operating system tested to make sure its authenticity

It's said that tails is the most secure OS ever, but has anyone tested it? i.e How is it known that tails does not do operations such as: sniffing on your own network and sending your data to a 3rd ...
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Is using VPN, Tor and ProxyChains together more secure?

Similar question (Tor and VPN only). All these three technologies seem to share the same goal, i.e. making internet traffic anonymous. Does it make any sense to try to use them together to increase ...
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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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Encryption key exchange for Tor

I've been studying how Tor works - including the great QA "Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?". I understand the concept of onion routing and multiple layers of ...
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Bypassing a captive portal with tor

I know that NSXTS and Iodine can be used to bypass a captive portal by taking advantage of permissive DNS firewall rules. What I have found recently is that simply by using Tor, I can also bypass a ...
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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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How to forward HTTP/SOCKS proxy on same port to SOCKS server?

I have socks server (TOR) and can "convert" it into HTTP/HTTPS one via Polipo or something like this. But I want to use it transparently as HTTP or SOCKS on the same port. I have experience with ...
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Is it possible to retrieve data from a intermediate node in Tor browser

I'm using Tor browser for my internet surfing and check my email, my questions are Is my internet services provider able to see the websites I visited Is it possible to retrieve a login information ...
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How to recognize TOR traffic

Having a PCAP file with TOR traffic, is there a way fast enough to recognize if any of the packets are part of TOR traffic/sessions? Some tools speak about "protocol identification via statistical ...
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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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What are the most effective ways to stay anonymous in the internet? [duplicate]

I wonder how hackers can stay anonymous in the Internet. I have some ideas like using TOR or a chain of servers (for example a few SSH tunnels through different countries) but which of them are ...
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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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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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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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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. ...