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What the heck is a relay & an Exit relay? I assume that if I have to pay for bandwidth then operating as an exit relay is both costly & unwise? How can I determine whether I am set up as an exit relay?

I have read all the stuff presented, but clearly it's not intended to help the uninitiated. I gave up attempting to check the Tor download signature file, here again complexity seems to be the objective. In 2017 no-one should ever have to contemplate using a command line sequence of instructions to simply verify a file has the correct signature. Frankly not understandable to anyone even with some modest IT skills.

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What the heck is a relay & an Exit relay?

Read about it at: https://www.eff.org/torchallenge/what-is-tor.html
This is the simplest description of what is tor relay I could find.

How can I determine whether I am set up as an exit relay?

First, find out were your config file (torrc) is located:

  • For Windows its %AppData%\Roaming\tor\torrc
  • For Linux its /etc/tor/torrc

If you find uncommented line like that: ExitPolicy reject *:* that means
that you are not going to be an exit relay.
Add this line if you don't want to be an exit relay.


Also It's very dangerous to host an exit relay.
Find out more about it here: https://blog.torproject.org/running-exit-node

I gave up attempting to check the Tor download signature file, here again complexity seems to be the objective.

This was already asked on our forms: Tor Browser-how to verify signature?
If you want you could use GUI like Kleopatra.

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