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The word "anonymity" is used to describe the state or quality of being unidentifiable for a person's or a group of people's actions or in the case of computers, data.

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Can I use other programs with Tor? What information is relayed through Tor?

Can I for example open up my notetaking app and start writing notes while Tor is running? Is this information somehow relayed through the browser in any way? (I know for example window position, ...
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youtube tracking you though TOR

Recently while browsing on tor I visited a shop on google maps. Later using you tube out of tor it appeared to me a propaganda of that shop.It is something very specific so nothing about coincidences....
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Does clicking on "new circuit for this site" too often risk deanonymization?

I have a (probably stupid) quirk/OCB: When I want my traffic to a website to be particularly hard to backtrace, I click dozens of times on the new circuit for this site button (sometimes for >15 ...
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VPN through Tor. Are there any errors in my settings and can anonymity be improved?

I need to route traffic from multiple mobile apps and all sites through tor. Some apps and websites block tor traffic. For this reason, I decided to use tor and vpn together (vpn through tor). I know ...
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How to get an anonymous phone number to make an account on Tor?

I am involved in some activism work against a powerful group that is known to use threats against its opponents. As a result, many activists have been silenced and quit working against said powerful ...
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How to get a phone number without compromising privacy

Many pages have mandatory sms verification. But i would like to use these pages without revealing my identity. Typically these pages do not function with free online sms services. Paid SMS ...
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What precautions should I take if I want to use Tor to hide my traffic from my University?

I am student at university and use university internet. I am interested in using Tor to prevent my university from seeing what sites I visit and what I am doing on those sites. As I understand it now, ...
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Using a bridge even if Tor isn't blocked

By using a good bridge, it is more difficult for your ISP to detect that you are using Tor which can slightly improve your anonymity. I know it can slow down your connection speed, but with the ...
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Synchroized RSS over Tor

I am currently using a Feedly account without Tor to synchronize my RSS reading on multiple devices. Is there any solution to achieve this synchronization (possibly without Feedly account) over Tor?
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Can my ISP see that I am using Tails?

If ISPs can do this, then how would my anonymity be affected?
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How to run an exit node anonymously?

How do I run an exit node anonymously? By anonymously, I mean that nobody can identify who created or runs the exit node. I know that the IP addresses of exit nodes will be publicly available, so I am ...
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Anonymous 2FA solution for an onion website?

Would 2FA (let's say FreeOTP) work on Tor given the demands for privacy? Can I implement a 2FA solution on a onion website without giving away the servers location in any way along with the users on ...
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Encrypted DNS without Tor Browser Bundle

If using Tor and NOT Tor Browser Bundle, do you need to encrypt your dns or is setting your DNS on router to Cloudflare DNS sufficient? wanting to obfuscate all DNS from view of ISP
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Does using a hidden service mirror of a clearnet site improve the privacy/anonymity of the user (generally)?

Some clearnet sites are also available as hidden services such as DuckDuckGo, Ahmia, and Z-Library. Would using their Tor hidden service instead of their clearnet website increase your privacy/...
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Why does the Tor browser come with DuckDuckGo (normal) as the default search engine and not DuckDuckGo onion?

After installing the Tor browser, the user's default search engine is https://duckduckgo.com. However, it make more sense for the user to search with DuckDuckGo's onion service. This way all the ...
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Why does having a second non-Tor browser open compromise your anonymity on Tor?

Using Tor by itself gives anonymity, but I heard that you must avoid opening a clearnet web browser at the same time as Tor otherwise it can leak your identity. Why and how does the second browser ...
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How do onion services host anonymous chatrooms and what level of anonymity is present when using one?

There are many onion services such as Talk to John Doe and OnionChat which have anonymous chatrooms. How do they connect random users and let them chat with each other. How anonymous are users when ...
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Q & A: How do Firefox addons remove your privacy and anonymity while using the Tor browser?

I know not to install Firefox addons or plugins as it can compromise your privacy as stated by the Tor project. But what are the specific ways these addons can remove your anonymity and how can users ...
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how to send email anonymous from Gmail

If I send email from gmail account using Tor browser with VPN connection can my identity be anonymous? can anyone find me out by tracking my email?
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What's so bad about using Tor from home?

If Tor browser anonymizes our IP address, why go to extra lengths to not use Tor from home? What added benefit does going to a public wi-fi hotspot even provide a Tor user? Does it simply defend ...
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How to be more anonymous and safe on Tor

Is it possible to more anonymous and on Tor than this setup and browsing method: Using Tails OS from USB which stores no data on hard drive Using Tor browser on safest mode Always automatically ...
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How does JavaScript interfere with Tor browser anonymity?

Heard that JavaScript interferes with Tor when browsing the internet causing a breach in its security wall, having the effect of a hole in the ozone layer. Why is this? How does this breach work ...
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Does Tor Browser get a unique fingerprint with JavaScript, even if HTML5 Canvas data is blocked (amiunique.org)?

Tor Browser settings Security slider is on "Safest" JavaScript is enabled (otherwise no Canvas fingerprint possible by site) "Extract Canvas Data" is blocked: Issue amiunique....
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How do darknet merchants ensure the shipping of illegal goods to customer's home? [closed]

Why do people think they can get away with buying illegal goods and counterfeit money online when it is going to get inspected by border control anyway? Besides that, to get the goods, you're no ...
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Will Tor block favicons by default?

I realized this was possible years ago but people told me I was crazy and that it was impossible. https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/22/favicons-may-be-used-to-track-users/
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Tor without Tails or VPN

How easy is it for the ISP or other party to see online movement of someone using the Tor browser without the Tails OS, as well as without a VPN? From what's written Tor doesn't automatically come ...
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Device spoofing, instead of MAC address spoofing

Besides MAC address spoofing, how can device name, device brand, and device type spoofing (randomization?) be done on a Tails (windows) system, so that WLAN hotspot hosts see different information ...
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Never using Tails and Tor from home IP address but still caught

If a system using Tails and Tor always connects to public wifi in a city far away from someone's home IP address, what are all the different ways this would backfire such that authorities still manage ...
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Is there a way a website can identify me when connected to it via Orbot?

When using Orbot and not coupled with Tor browser, but rather through Google Chrome or Firefox, can a website I visit de-anonymize me? Particularly know anything about my location, IP, service ...
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I want to hear opinions about the chain: VPN1==>TOR==>VPN2==>TOR (using Kodachi Linux with USB + Kodachi Linux with Virtualbox)

I would like to hear your opinion about this connection chain, what can you say anonymously and whether it is secure. Boot Linux Kodachi in Live mode from USB Turn on a reliable VPN1 After that I ...
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Why does the TOR browser bundle disclose my location

All sites visited using the TOR browser bundle correctly identify the country from where I'm accessing the internet. Why is that and how can I prevent this?
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If I upload an image using Tor on Pinterest, would anyone know it was I?

I created an account on Pinterest Using Tor Browser. Then I uploaded an image from my phone on Pinterest(Tor Browser), would anyone know it was me who uploaded the image?
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Watching videos on TOR?

What affects the speed in which videos load when using hidden services on TOR? I encountered websites where videos aren't playable because they don't load or buffer and websites that have videos that ...
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Tor detection, how is it done, can you get around it?

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is this a threat to tor?

an adversary controls some middle nodes and they log ip adresses of users and times they connect. if an adversary controlled middle node receives traffic from one of their own controlled middle nodes ...
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Tor vs Brave - which is technically more effective to hinder user tracking - fingerprint generalization or randomization?

TOR's method to countering fingerprinting is to make as many users "appear the same" as possible, let us call this to "generalize". While Brave tries to randomize all fingerprints of each and every ...
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Increase max allowable delay

1 attack is timing correlation attack. How can I increase the max allowable delay for requests between my computer, guard nodes, exit nodes, website?
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How can I create my own Tor alternative?

I'm not technically competent, but I was wondering how I could create my own Tor alternative using Visual Studio, Notepad++ or any other coding software and perhaps some links to the type of scripts I'...
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Why are entry nodes allowed to know that they are entry nodes?

Right now, a user can be deanonymized if an attacker controls the entry node and the exit node in a Tor circuit. The attacker can discover the IP of the originator, and the site they are accessing. It ...
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Has Tor Browser stopped displaying circuits?

I started using Tor v4 most intrigued by the display of the circuit path it followed, 4 nodes from at least 2 countries and usually 3 or 4. Now at v9 I don't see it anymore. Has display of the ...
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Does increasing NumEntryGuards decrease anonymity?

I get too many guard overload fails and tried increasing NumEntryGuards and NumDirectoryGuards both to 3. Would this decrease my anonymity?
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Global adversary: Can they see if I visit a hidden service?

Hello my friends of Tor Browser, I have a theoretical question about the power of a global adversary, such as (the) NSA. Given the 7 hop security level when visiting a hidden onion service, is there ...
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JUMPSHOT/AVAST and TOR

I guess that by now some of you have seen Vice's article on AVAST and how they are basically mining everything going on in your browsers. If not you can read and be afraid here: https://www.vice.com/...
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Who could read the MAC when using TAILS at home?

On my first attempt with tails, my home router failed to provide an IP address via DHCP because TAILS randomized the MAC. In my further attempts I disabled the MAC randomization feature, wondering: ...
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Was it a fatal mistake to use wget in tails?

Using tor browser in tails I had a problem downloading some file. So I used (as a kind of habit) wget to download the file (which succeeded). Only after that I noticed that wget might have revealed by ...
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How to securely host a Tor hidden site with Raspberry Pi?

In Securely hosting a Tor hidden service/site, everyone concludes that the best approach is to host the server on a VM with Whonix and full-disk encryption. Thus, the server will be isolated, and if ...
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Does my ISP know if I upload files to a specific site when im using tor/whonix? Can it track all the traffic?

As in the title. I want to know If my ISP can see all the traffic if Its a brand new computer with no cookies and previous activities, using linux and a virtual machine - whonix and tor.
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Add-ons on Tor Browser - what if it was universal?

I have read many times that you shouldn't use additional add-ons on Tor Browser because it makes your browser easier to identify (more susceptible to fingerprinting). But what if every Tor Browser ...
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Can we trust those who control the directory nodes of Tor?

(I feel insecure in my country after the relays I've been using turned out to be state-compromised. Now I'm starting to doubt the integrity of the directory nodes.) Qu: How do we know for sure that ...
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Does connecting to a normal website using tor work the same way as connecting to a hidden website?

When you connect to a normal website using tor, is the process of connecting to it the same as when you connect to a hidden website? First you connect to the entry node, then middle node then exit ...
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