I always hear on YouTube and other places on the internet that Tor is the best option to stay anonymous. Tor is used by many activists, journalists etc. hiding from oppressive governments and so on. Not a VPN nor a proxy would guarantee the same level of anonymity as the Tor browser because of the possibility to keep logs etc. I am aware of the rough difference between a VPN and Tor.

Therefore my question is if using only Tor to perform a nmap scan on a host wouldn’t be the safest „untraceable“ option out of the others available? Why would anyone bother to use proxychains if Tor already provides a very high layer of anonymity and privacy? Wouldn’t that scan be considered as almost „untraceable“? More untraceable than a scan done through proxychains?

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    Why would someone use proxychains? Performance. If you hope to get that scan completed any time soon...
    – schroeder
    Mar 20, 2021 at 12:11
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    Tor doesn't support the full protocol suite used by Nmap. Mar 20, 2021 at 14:34
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    If I were to nmap over Tor, I probably would still be using proxychains to funnel the traffic through Tor's socks proxy. Or do you just mean the use of proxies vs Tor? Mar 21, 2021 at 13:21
  • @multithr3at3d why would you still use proxychains? Yes I also meant the use of Proxies vs Tor. Tor should provide more anonymity than any proxychain? Mar 23, 2021 at 20:23
  • @EthanBrown using proxychains is the easiest way to get selective non-browser traffic through Tor, besides using firewall rules. Mar 23, 2021 at 21:30

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Assuming you need to scan a network (or a host) and that host is extremely selective of the IP address range in which the requests originate from it would be "more efficient" to use proxychains so that the originating ip would be accepted by the target network/host you wish to scan

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