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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Top-level domain label impact on anonymity

Are there any intrinsic risks in visiting an URL following the syntax "http://www.foo.com" rather than an URL following the syntax "http://foo.onion", all other things being equal? If not, why are ...
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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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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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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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How to set an IP address from a specific state in the US?

Is it possible, and if so how, to set tor so that my entry and/or exit IP will be from a specific state in the US ? Idk like NY, FL, TX, CA... I already know how to choose a specific country, but i'd ...
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Missing History

Most of us know of Tor V2 addresses (16 characters) and Tor V3 addresses (56 characters). What about Tor V1 addresses? What was its specification or why wasn't it used much or at all? Example: ...
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Editing Wikipedia on Tor without creating an account?

It is widely known that editing Wikipedia on Tor IP addresses is systematically banned, to avoid vandalization from abusive users looking for no-risk anonymous editing, for their own wikipedia-...
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YouTube anonymity through Tor

When searching videos on tor through DuckDuckGo, I am given this warning before proceeding to the video. "YouTube (owned by Google) does not let you watch videos anonymously. As such, watching ...
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Can anyone explain the following Orbot error

I was asleep while Orbot was up and the following lines came up. I'm worried because I've never encountered words like totallyninja, spying, etc. from Orbot before so I'm wondering what they mean: ...
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Question: What kind of anonymity and privacy risks and under what adversary model such a misconfiguration introduces?

Tor software is sometimes being misconfigured such that applications use native Internet connections to conduct DNS resolutions and then Tor to communicate with servers.
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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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Is it safe to allow html5 canvas in Tor in an anonymous OS?

I know that html5 canvas can be used to fingerprint my browser. But sometimes I have to allow canvas, for example, when uploading a image to twitter. If so, is an anonymous OS like Whonix helpful for ...
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Does Google know that I am using Tor Browser?

Whenever I search something through Google using Tor Browser, it: Either shows me the Google Sorry page and doesn't allow me to proceed further: Or asks me to enter the CAPTCHA to view the search ...
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Create a completely anonymous account on a hosting service

I want to create a completely anonymous account on a hosting service, like rapidgator or 4shared and the like, but you need to supply an email account, which apparently cannot be created using Tor or ...
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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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Which node(s), if any, in the circuit for a hidden service, can see the URI of a request to a hidden service?

I understand that all of the communication between a client and a hidden service (.onion) takes place within the Tor network and is therefore end-to-end encrypted. What I am wondering, however, is how ...
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How Can I Stop Extension Fingerprinting in Tor?

Since using many extensions (browser addons) in tor can increase your browser fingerprint, is there a way to stop this?
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Why does Tor publish IP addresses of exit nodes?

I am new to Tor and currently trying to understand the architecture of onion routing. However, I came across this TorDNSEL which makes it possible (for a tool using TorDNSEL) to detect whether ...
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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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Create account with Tor

I am totally new and not very tech-affine. I want to create an account for instagram but anonymously as I only want to use it to follow certain people. But when I try, it keeps telling me that it ...
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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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How to make proxyxhains act as transparent proxy server

my proxychains is configured to use several proxy server and its work in localhost but i need to route all traffic of other hosts to routed through proxychains-host something link this: my-host <&...
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is it safe to download files through TOR?

So basically what I'm asking is: will downloading files (ie., video files, DOC files ect) compromise my anonomity? I ask because I visited some forums selling a answer to this very question and some ...
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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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How easy or difficult it is to find an .onion website's real IP?

Some say that it is not very difficult to find the real IP of a onion website if you are a decent enough Networking Professional. However, I don't think it is that easy. So, I am guessing the truth is ...
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Is Tor completely anonymous?

I saw that tor has three layers of encryptions and, plus a VPN I set myself on my computer. How can someone trace back to my real IP? Is this completely anonymous?
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Is there guarantee of privacy to buy onion hosting?

I see many people owning a onion site uses his own server (maybe just place the server in his home?) But traditionally for a regular non-onion site we usually buy hosting. Can I buy hosting for a ...
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How anonymous would be this set up?

I have a windows pc connected to Mullvad VPN and a Kali linux VM connected to whonix gateway. If I start tor on the kali to set up an .onion website..should I add another layer by connecting to a VPN ...
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How did the FBI find the IP address of the Freedom Hosting servers?

The FBI took over the Freedom Hosting servers, which were located in France, and arrested the guy (Eric Eoin Marques) running Freedom Hosting. They then proceed to serve malware to anyone who ...
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Connect to my cloud vps through tor

Can I log in my vps through tor using ssh? Should I have tor daemon installed on the server too? If yes, why?
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How can b-ok.cc website track my number of books downloaded even after using TOR browser?

There is this website https://b-ok.cc/s/ I was using to download some book I needed. This website has a daily limit of 5 book downlods per day and it does this by tracking the IP I was using. So I ...
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How to find onion address?

Hello I'm newbie to onion protocol. Tor(Onion) protocol is basically consist of three nodes for my anonymity connection. However, in this point, we have to clarify HOW TO FIND ENTRY GUARD before ...
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people stealing my money from my bank account [closed]

Hay guys I was just wondering how am I supposed to do about someone stealing my money out of my bank account I've blocked the card and closed down the account.. But still he get money from me!?
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How Build Tor Statically Into An Application

I have a C++ app that communicates data back and forth. I want to automatically run all connections in the program through Tor. I have it working if I already have Tor installed and set Tor as the ...
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Can Tor be used with applications other than Web browsers?

From what I can see Tor mainly handles your web browser's traffic, but is there a way to do all of your connections through it? Like email, Dropbox, Carbonite backup, Skype etc? (Please explain ...
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Can tor be easily traced by governments?

Basically when you use tor, tor normally makes a circuit consisting of the client, 3 nodes, the server. However the client, server and each node, each have an isp, isps log everything they do, they ...
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ISP Bandwidth Limitations

If this has been answered, I can't find it. So, please have patience. My ISP limits the amount of data I may receive in a month. If I am using TOR, can the ISP measure how much data I am receiving? ...
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Which framework for calling server?

I need to develop a tor-compatible site and one of the requirements is not to use javascript. Which framework are people using? I'm not a php developer so that won't be a good option for me.
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VPN necessity for hosting a hidden service & maintaining anonymity?

What are the pros/cons/necessity/redundancy for utilizing a VPN on top of TOR if hosting a hidden service? I'm aware of the obvious concerns regarding logging if using a commercial VPN service, but ...
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Danger? I am trying to access a site that has Google Captcha

Can Google Captcha trace tor users? It asked me to copy and past this and that bla bla bla. But it's from Google. Am I being tricked into revealing my IP?
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Playing All Videos on Tor Safely

I am wondering how to play videos on Tor without compromising my ip. All help appreciated. Everything that I have read so far says doing so can compromise the system.
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Why does yahoo mail & craigslist remember my credentials on new login?

Yahoo mail and Craigs list seem to log me in automatically (username&PW) when I surf to them over tor. (Even after PC shutdown, restart). I am a bit shocked that some part of the system remembers ...
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Why TOR is considered like asynchronous?

I read a article that describes the caracteristics of anonymous communication protocols. One of their is the synchronization. A protocoles can be asynchronous or synchronous. This is the definitions ...
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VPN versus Bridges

What are the advantages of running Tor after a VPN as compared to using an Obfsproxy bridge? For example, assuming the goal is to prevent an eavesdropper on the local end from noticing Tor usage, it ...
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Can the Tor Project prove that they haven't been served with FISA warrants? If so, how?

I understand that asking directly if they've been served with FISA warrants would get a 'No' since these warrants come with a gag order. So: Can the Tor Project (or anyone) prove that they haven't ...
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How sending form data over HTTPS using TOR works

I understand in general how TOR works, with creating a circuit from the client using 3 random nodes in the TOR network - the entry node, some internal node, and an exit node. My question is about how ...
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Combining Whonix with Tails

Is it useful to run the Whonix gateway in a VM inside of tails, running as a liveboot, to connect to another VM like for example Kali, which also runs inside of Tails, because it would rout my traffic ...
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Am I safe from doxing with a Wordpress.com blog?

I am using the Tor Browser not to hide from a government but instead to be safe from doxing by highly motivated ideological zealots. The content of my upcoming pseudonymous blog will be controversial, ...
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How to change user agent string on Tor to see mobile sites?

I asked this question but got logged out and can't get back in but need to ask additional Q... https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/131165/how-can-i-see-mobile-version-websites-on-pc-mac-while-...

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