When I use TOR, is there any way that the family could see I use it?


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Assuming a family member is technically savvy enough, yes, they could probably tell you are using TOR. The easiest way to do this would be to sniff the outbound packets on the network and analyze them using the TOR dissector in Wireshark. TOR packets are easily identified, as are TOR entry nodes.

  • Couldn't this be mitigated by using a Tor bridge with pluggable transports?
    – Ajedi32
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 19:29
  • @Ajedi32: it can be made harder to detect but not impossible. Depends on how tech savvy the family members are if they are still able to detect it. Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 19:32

Yes, in almost all cases. In general WPA use PSK, which means anyone with the password case decrypt and sniff packets. If this is a concern there is one exception, and that is WPA-Enterprise. From http://www.ciscopress.com/articles/article.asp?p=1576225

Users never deal with the actual encryption keys. They are securely created and assigned per user session in the background after a user presents their login credentials. This prevents people from recovering the network key from computers.

So this means that each computer uses a unique key for their wireless encryption so another computer with access cannot sniff someone else's wireless connection.

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