I'm using Tor (v 6.0.6 (based on Mozilla Firefox 45.5.0)) on Mac Sierra. I realize the behavior is largely unpredictable, but what are some possible reasons why requesting a page in a Tor browser woudl result in a 403 or "Unable to connect" message whereas it is easily accessible in a Chrome/Firefox browser? An example is I'm never able to visit htis page -- http://www.plattsys.com/m1shell.asp?eventid=1080 , in a Tor browser and trying to think if there are any configurations I can make that would make my Tor browser behave more like the other browsers where I can access this page easily.

Thanks, - Dave

  • After reading this I'm clear on why companies block certain Tor IPs but my question is what can I do to access the web site in question. – Dave Nov 27 '16 at 20:02
  • Talk to the site administrator, make a case for allowing anonymous users to access it: blog.torproject.org/blog/… – cacahuatl Nov 27 '16 at 23:12
  • Not an option. My quesiton remains, how do I trick the server into thinking it is dealing with a regular browser and not Tor? – Dave Nov 28 '16 at 16:28
  • You can't. The server would always be able to tell, some of Tor Browsers changes are hard-coded patches and will exhibit unique behavior and Tor exit relays gain better legal protections from being open and obvious about who they are. – cacahuatl Nov 28 '16 at 18:44
  • "How do I use Tor to be anonymous and get special treatment at the same time", buddy, I got some news for you about anonymity... – cacahuatl Nov 28 '16 at 18:58

Did you try clicking on the Tor menu (or the onion, or whatever it's called) and click New Tor Circuit for this Site? (If that fails, try clicking New Identity to get a new circuit, clear browser state, etc. See https://blog.torproject.org/category/tags/new-identity for more details on that.)

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