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What if any are the (dis)advantages - with respect to speed, anonymity, secrecy... - in using bridges and obfuscated transports from such places where access to plain Tor relays is NOT blocked nor forbidden ? Unrelated to that other question (#13575), I'm asking here for a comparison of using bridges (and optionally obfuscated transports) wrt connecting to a regular entry relay, i.e. not a bridge.

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Well, an advantage can be the lesser detectability of your connection/session. Disadvantage is that you must encomplicate the relay descriptor to flag the relay "as the one using obfuscation" and which one. It's a good research line, but in a plain context it's hardly useful

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  • I would think more processing power used (maybe wasted) as a disadvantage of using transports. Also, aren't bridges a limited resource that using without a need would be a net waste ?
    – Noino O
    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:17
  • bridges are semi-useful in cases when you can work without them, but some specific cases may require their usage even in such a cases. CPU power is not wasted in case of pluggable transports: everything has it's resource costs, including privacy increase provided by pluggable transports
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Feb 14, 2017 at 4:50
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    I don't think bridges are a limited resource. Due to the nature of bridges, many of them probably don't see much traffic. I don't believe it would be a net waste, but you might have a slower connection since bridges often have less bandwidth than guards. Feb 17, 2017 at 17:07

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