Previously, reportedly there used to be three relays when you used torbrowser to go to your actual destination .

Your browser - relay1 (some IP country A) - relay 2 (some IP, country B) - relay 3 (some IP country C) - final destination URL.

Now for one thing, it seems it will be reduced to being used a single relay, but more worryingly I have not been able to figure out to know what relays are being used in torbrowser.

Can somebody help ?

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    "it will be reduced to being used a single relay" - why do you think this is the case?
    – cacahuatl
    Jan 6, 2017 at 18:30
  • To clarify why I am asking why you think that will happen: because it's not true.
    – cacahuatl
    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:41

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First about your single relay concern, I'm guessing you're referring to Single Onion Services (shamelessly stolen from cacahuatl's answer to this post and loosely edited), which are applied

where one may not deem it important to hide the location of the server but just want to gain the benefits of an onion service.

And, as it's further explained in the same answer:

If configured, the server will connect directly to the clients offered rendezvous point without building a full circuit first. This helps reduce and latency in the building of the circuit and potential overloading of a chosen guard.

Now, to wrap it up, let's check your Tor Browser Circuit. Clicking on Show Site Information left of the address bar will display something like this:

Tor Browser Onion Circuit check example

(found at a related Reddit thread)

There you have it, hope I've helped even after such a long time.


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