I'm worried. I connect to exact same entry node for days. Even after 100 new circuit requests, it hasn't moved. Am I being watched? How can I get TOR to connect to different first node?
This is your "Entry Guard", it acts as a protection mechanism. It is kept long term because it makes it harder for adversaries to deanonymize Tor users, since most of the attacks on onion routing require control of the entry and exit points to the network.
Imagine that some entry points are, hypothetically, naughty. Every time you pick a new entry point you are rolling a set of die and if the numbers come up wrong you might be subject to a naughty guard trying to perform a deanonymization attack, linking your activity on Tor to your identity. As such, the fewer times that you roll the die the less likely you will be to pick a naughty guard.
For more information on why you want to keep this guard for a longer time period, read this blog post: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/improving-tors-anonymity-changing-guard-parameters
It's about pre-seeding, so what I'm recommending to people :
- At first, use default setup and well-known working connection and run Tor with directory mirror enabled and seed it
- Later you can do if you want :
UseEntryGuards 0and use any of Tor nodes, to make paths more random
- Take a spin for
StrictNodes- play with it!