Questions tagged [anonymity]

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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How much time they may take to track me down?

What I did: I used Tor Browser Bundle and created a fictitious Facebook account. The Facebook was registered through a fake email, No personal information was given. I uploaded the video and copied ...
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does my ISP know if am browsing restricted websites is i use Tor [duplicate]

Does my Internet Service Provider know if am browsing Porn websites, if i use Tor? because porn is illegal in my country.
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Would using direct connections on an exit be safe?

Let's say the computer I'm using is an exit. If I don't use Tor for my own browsing, can we consider it safe because those connections will blend in with other connections that exit?
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Is it safe to enable the SSL Observatory feature of HTTPS Everywhere in Tor Browser?

Assuming I select "check certificates using Tor", can I safely turn this feature on without compromising my anonymity? Will this protect me against (or warn me about) a malicious exit node trying to ...
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Does Tor hide my mac address as well as my IP address?

Does Tor hide my mac address as well as my IP address? And what about if I have another browser such as IE or Firefox open at the same time as Tor, but not in Tor?
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Tor + Dashlane = Anonymous?

could you tell me whether it is a wise idea to use Tor in conjunction with the password manager Dashlane? While Dashlane can store data locally, it still requires - as far as I am correct here - a ...
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Which provides better security/anonimity: .onion or https?

Some websites have clearnet https and .onion versions, but not both. What are the pros and cons of using each option (assuming they are both accessed over Tor it is important that the data not be read ...
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Is Tor's security compromised if other services are connecting in the clear?

I am using the Tor Browser Bundle, so all my internet browsing traffic is routed via Tor. However if I have other services like Dropbox, another web browser, etc. running on my machine that aren't ...
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Is my anonymity compromised when I am in the clearnet with another browser while surfing with Tor? [duplicate]

Sometimes I am surfing anonymously via Tor and parallelly with a regular browser in the clearnet. Is it anyhow unsecure to do so? Should I use Tor exclusively when I want to remain anonymous? (There ...
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Are there any vulnerabilities in the process of onion routing?

In onion routing, messages are repeatedly encrypted and then sent through several network nodes called onion routers. Each onion router removes a layer of encryption to uncover routing instructions, ...
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Is using Pinned Tabs and Bookmarks bad for Tor Browser?

There are some onion sites I want to keep track of but the URLs are so long. Is using pinned tabs and bookmarks a secure option? Will people be able to track me if I set bookmarks or pin some tabs?
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Connecting to Tor through Verizon

If my computer has a wireless connection to a Verizon wireless base connected via cable, do I need to do anything special before I can rely on Tor anonymity or can I just download Tor, install and ...
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Can I use the Tor-Browser-Bundle update my ubuntu or it may be a bad idea?

I'm really enjoying using this software, but would like to upgrade my ubuntu by network tor with TBB using the command apt-get update and upgrade. I need advice if this is possible or compromise my ...
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Would running Tor client and Tor relay simultaneously harm my anonymity?

If I run a Tor relay in a machine and at the same time I use the same instance as a Tor client, would that harm my anonymity ? Would it be better to use different Tor instances on the same machine? ...
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Why does Tor use three hops, instead of two?

With onion-routing a relay in a circuit only knows its predecessor and its successor, while a "normal" proxy is just one hop, so that it knows who connects to it and where it has to connect to. ...
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What Tor-friendly hosting providers allow anonymous accounts?

There are at least three levels to "Tor-friendly": allow clients; allow non-exit relays; allow exit relays. In any case, the provider must accept SSH connections via Tor. By "anonymous accounts", I ...
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Is there a way to use Tor to download apps for Windows 8 from the Windows Store anonymously?

Is there a way to use Tor to download apps for Windows 8 from the Windows Store anonymously? The Windows Store uses its own customized app for access and apparently isn't accessible from normal ...
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If Tor provides anonymity, why did Dread Pirate Roberts use library internet access?

Fascinating read from arstechnica about how the Feds arrested Dread Pirate Robers (operator of Silk Road illegal drug trading website) http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/how-the-feds-took-down-...
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How to keep people from knowing you are using Tor?

The fact that someone was using Tor was enough to make him a suspect in a recent bomb thread The time he connected to the Tor network was circumstantial evidence, and he proceeded to confess. The ...
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Is there a way to defend oneself against a timing attack?

Is there a way for an end user to protect oneself against the timing attack when using Tor? For those, who are not familiar with it, a timing attack involves an adversary populating the Tor cloud ...
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Is it dangerous to use Tails without persistent entry guards?

Being a LiveCD with no persistent storage by default, Tails currently does not use persistent Tor entry guards. In a recent post on the Tor blog, arma discussed the possibility of "improving Tor's ...
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ISP, WiFi, Tracking [duplicate]

I run Tor on my laptop and my phone. I have Verizon Wireless for a service provider. My laptop Internet connection is tethered through my cell phone. So I just run Tor on my laptop. Can Verizon or any ...
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Google indexing Onion hidden sites?

So I was searching to see what happened to Dread Pirate Roberts, the creator of underground marketplace Silkroad, and I came across something very strange; onion websites URLs being crawled by Google (...
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Can clear activity be linked to hidden activity? [duplicate]

I'm using whonix for a good deal of activity but I'm very new to it and Linux. will using my computer for personal information while not running whonix or tor compromise my anonymity? What about at ...
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Tor Anonymous Level Mixing

Tor's website advises against mixing levels of anonymity, but does this apply across browsers? That is, can I browse websites in Firefox, chrome, IE etc without exposing my Tor traffic in Vidalia? ...
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Where in the world does Tor provide the highest degree of anonymity?

As we know, Tor hides users amongst the other users on the network, so the more populous and diverse the user base for Tor is, the more everybody's anonymity will be protected. So, in which part of ...
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Which Tor Browser settings can leak my IP address when changed? [closed]

Are there Tor Browser settings that, when changed, can lead to my IP address being leaked?
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If I have tor running for a while, how often will my “identity” change? [duplicate]

Say I don't ever click the "New Identity" button, but just have the regular browser bundle running for some days. I'm guessing my identity will change since nodes are not always up, but does Tor ...
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What impact does a public onion client have on my anonymity?

Sometimes I'm working in a small office. Colleagues asked me to try Tor and I thought about setting up SOCKSListenAddress thus allowing them to use my onion client. Can this harm my anonymity in any ...
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How can I prevent my different activities carried out over Tor being linked?

I know there are potential risks of carrying out multiple activities over Tor at the same time, when I don't want them to be linked. For example, I might browse one website giving one pseudonym, then ...
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What are the implications of a Relay hosting a Hidden Service?

Are there any implications if whilst running a non-exit relay, I also use the same machine to host a Hidden Service? Specifically: How will this affect the anonymity of the Hidden Service (in terms ...

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