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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    There's no such thing as "Tor browser". Are you referring to use of Tor with a web browser, to the "Tor Browser Bundle", to the TAILS LiveCD, or to something else?
    – Mark
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 5:50
  • the nic MAC can be reverse engineered to a point also.
    – Kamic
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 13:34
  • This is not really a duplicate, since that question and its answers are about the case of a political activist in India. Someone in a different country, or with different interests, will experience different risks.
    – poolie
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 22:43

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It is almost secure and it doesn't matter hackers are also using TOR for anonymity. Since the traffic is encrypted at every hop your communication will be secure till the exit node of TOR.


It is the node where your Traffic leaves the anonymous network and enters into the open Internet. From there your traffic can be monitored. If anyone wants to sniff the traffic then they can sniff at the exit node. If you are browsing service which is not using HTTPS then there will be a problem since the traffic is not encrypted after exiting the exit node of the TOR network.

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This is the image I've taken from the Internet to explain.

You can see there is exit node/relay from there your traffic goes out of TOR. There onwards the traffic can be sniffed. If you are browsing Facebook then there is no harm because the traffic is encrypted. So when it will leave the TOR network then it will be encrypted as well.

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    Just putting an emphasis that TOR has nothing to do with secure communications. It only promises anonymity, and is not a substitute for using protocols like SSL/TLS.
    – RoraΖ
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 11:17

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