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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Is it safe to browse Reddit's NSFW with Tor in JAPAN?

More specifically, my ISP is NTT Open Computer Network and I am currently using the internet in my dorm, which is technically off-campus. I really have NO IDEA what restrictions there are in regards ...
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Multiple adversaries able to deploy large numbers of relays; do they dilute each other's effectiveness?

I note that when researchers analyse some particular types of attacks on Tor security, they assume a SINGLE adversary who is capable of deploying a significant number of relays that will eventually be ...
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Orbot, Tor identities and changing network connectivity paths

I've been thinking about a potential vulnerability that in certain cases may make it possible to identify a Tor client. Say a malicious entry node establishes a connection with an Orbot client. This ...
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Can my college proxy access my Tor history?

To access internet in college, we need to authenticate the IP and MAC address of our machine at a certain college portal. Earlier we used to have to provide proxy authentication every time the browser ...
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What are the dangers of possible Mac OSX backdoor?

Many people say that Mac OSX has a backdoor in it. It probably does, why wouldn't it? It's closed source therefore it would be stupid for Apple not to put in a special access route. The question is ...
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RDP over Tor - safe?

I am considering using remote desktop protocol(RDP) over Tor, to circumvent my country's blockade of RDP and also get the most of anonymity. I just tested a RDP connection with proxy chains remmina. ...
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Tor not opening certain webpages properly (symfony project?)

Over the past couple of days, I've been having a feeling that some websites do know that I am using Tor. Whenever I try opening certain pages, they either completely refuse to open or simply reload ...
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Configuring Tor browser to exclude exits with “tor” in hostname

Does anyone know if it's possible to configure Tor Browser to exclude circuits with exit relays whose hostnames contain "tor"? For example, these exit relays are unwanted: Host Name: arachnidefr94....
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Can a college access your Tor browsing history?

It is well known that a college that you are attending has access to your browsing history. Does Tor prevent this injustice?
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Can I bypass Microsoft Family Safety when I use Tor?

My employer is using Microsoft Family Safety to keep me from using Gmail (for example) and each time the computer starts I see a message saying that some sites are blocked and that the computer ...
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Is Tor really secure and anonymous when it is bankrolled by the Government which spy and snoop on it the most? [closed]

After reading the news I doubt the safety of mine and others who use Tor, as one side of the Government is trying to spy and snoop on it and the other side is bankrolling it. Then what prevent the two ...
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Does a Tor enabled browser affect other browsers?

If I'm running the Tor browser and Google Chrome at the same time will my Chrome browser affect the anonymity of my Tor browser?
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Hide VPN money trail? [closed]

Not sure if this will be considered on-topic for the Tor board. If not, feel free to yell at me. But I think it belongs, as the spirit and the essence of this question is at the center of what Tor ...
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TAILS: “Probable” information leakage

From https://tails.boum.org/security/index.en.html : Probable holes Until an audit of the bundled network applications is done, information leakages at the protocol level should be considered as ...
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Is Tails safe? (Zero day)

How safe is Tails, since the Zero-day flaws? Are they fixed, and do we really trust it?
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Multiple Tor processes to separate client traffic to improve anonymity?

Say you had multiple online accounts of all kinds and you route them all through a local Tor daemon on your computer using SOCKS[45]. I'm wondering if running multiple separate Tor instances that ...
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Is it possible to run a secure email network using SMTP over Tor?

I have thought about some of the security issues inherent in email. For example that even if the body is encrypted the headers are plain text so metadata is available. I was wondering if this could ...
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Why is the HS not using the RP as the Endpoint of its rendezvous circuit?

Im asking myself, why the rendezvous circuit has a minimum length of 6 hops, which are: Client -> (a1) -> (a2) -> (RP) <- (b3) <- (b2) <- (b1) <- HS The Client is using RP ...
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Do utilization of bridges and/or Pluggable Transports bridges hinder anonymity?

In consideration of recent article by Das Erste publication, do bridges, and Pluggable Transports bridges utilization hinder anonymity and are essentially circumvention tools? Following, please find ...
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Do secure channels provide a good means for asking bridges in order to stay annonymous

After going through this post Do utilization of bridges and/or Pluggable Transports bridges hinder anonymity? I ask is there any secure communication channel through which we can receive bridges as ...
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There is a good argument for making the number of hops in a path unpredictable, Is there a research paper that tells us what to do?

The following is a quote from Tor FAQ: There is a good argument for making the number of hops in a path unpredictable [Thus Random]. For example, somebody who happens to control the last two hops ...
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Can technicians track my computer which has an image on it if I use Tor?

My laptop is imaged on a school network, which allows the technicians to remotely connect to it, locate it and track what I'm doing if I'm connected to their network, if I use Tor at home (or any ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of Tor with respect to JonDonym?

Objectively, what are the advantages and disadvantages of Tor with respect to JonDonym (formerly known as JAP) in the sense of security and anonymity?
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Multiple gateways (whonix with tails)?

Ive been reading whonix's documentation and threads here to be more anonymous and secure. For the best anonymity whonix recommends having two different computers, one being the gateway and the other ...
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WOT-add-on with Tor browser bundle [closed]

I´m using Tor browser bundle (v. 3.5). As I see there are four add-ons preinstalled: HTTPS-Everywhere, NoScript, and of course Torbutton and TorLauncher. I also understand that one shouldn´t install ...
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Tor 3.5 and the Function “New Identity” = Logins are lost

If I am logged in on a page and will/must use a new identity, the login is lost after the windows are closed and reopened. I cannot make a logout and must log in again. This problem does not exist ...
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How would a registration of the .onion gtld impact the Tor network?

The title pretty much says it all. What effects would a gtld registration of .onion domain have on the Tor network, is this something to worry about? Or is it something to welcome and slap a web2tor ...
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Can users on LAN snoop out hidden service?

I need a little clarification on how hidden services work. So from my understanding a request to a hidden service goes like: request -> Tor -> server (running on localhost). Then the response is: ...
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Tracking User Location using Entry Guards?

Let's say that someone moves a Tor instance [1] from one internet access point [2] to another one. And let's say that an adversary is logging traffic from both access points. The adversary could log, ...
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How does geolocation work?

Using Tor, on the same session, I decided to check on several IP address lookup websites to see what's up. The IP address they detected was consistent, but the geolocation data differed greatly. Some ...
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'Sorry. You are not using Tor' - Strange issue 72.52.91.18/19

ADD: ^^^ mmm I don't think it's the same. In that question they talk about a false negative, but judging from the results of my port-scan, and considering that more than 2 weeks passed, it looks ...
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How safe are Tor users?

Given that Silk Road was just shut down, an article was published stating that: Tor Can't Always Keep You Safe; Just Ask Silk Road ... careful traffic monitoring and a little math you can figure ...
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Multi-VPN hopping Advantages/Disadvantages over Tor

I was told that using Tor and/or a VPN is always a tradeoff of privacy and anonymity. I'm wonder what combination of Tor, VPNs (paid or free), and proxies can help minimize this risk. For example, if ...
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What's the extent of the problem of information leaking to exit node

What if I let some identification information (like a page with my real name) leak in a plain http connection and the exit node captures this? Until when it be able to identify me? Till I change the ...
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Is all traffic using the file protocol (file://) for smb/samba shares routed through Tor using tor browser?

I need to connect anonymously to a remote samba server. This is possible using an url like: file:///ip.to.the.server/share in the Tor browser bundle - I've checked. My question is, can I be sure ...
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Is my privacy safe with Tor?

I tried using Chrome to connect to torproject.org but got the "website couldn't make a secure connection..." page. everytime I visit the page. After using tor I can connect fine, so should I be ...
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Tails behind IPCop

Are there any known unintended consequences (reduction in anonymity, etc.) when using a firewall (IPCop) between Tails and my ISP? (I don't think so, but...) Unless I have misconfigured IpCop, I am ...
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Is it possible to link different uses of Tor by using normal changes to the browser (such as bookmarks)?

Is it possible to link different Tor identies (uses of Tor at different times) by using the Bookmarks, settings of various components of the browser, or cosmetic alterations to the toolbars? It has ...
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How to Whonix > socks5?

I've just installed whonix in my ubuntu. My vpn is working great on host machine and my aim is to make this setup: me > vpn > whonix/tor > sock5 I do know how to make this happen. Ive installed ...
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Use TOR on Raspberry PI - Tails RDP

Currently I am trying to do the following on a remote-controlled desktop I installed Tor on a Raspberry Pi and made the setup as a Access point On Windows I can make a remote desktop and it will log ...
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What is left on the hard drive [duplicate]

If nothing is downloaded, is there anything left behind on the hard drive. Say viewing a video or reading an article.
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Should people be more careful when running a Tor relay?

I've decided to run a Tor relay (not an exit node) for donating bandwidth to the Tor network. I've modified very few lines of my torrc file, since I'm trying to learn more about the technology but ...
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To use public computer, is it reasonable to assume one is in the clear net even if one use Tails?

Is it reasonable to assume communication on a public computer can not be made anonymized even with utilization of Tails?
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Warning message at tails shutdown, is this normal?

When I shutdown Tails it says everything is completed except there's a big warning next to "tails using make-file like concurrent boot at level 0" this has got me sort of worried that I may have ...
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What does NSA's attempt to deannonymize Tor mean for the average Tor user?

What do there revelations mean for us? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/tor-attacks-nsa-users-online-anonymity
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What is identity correlation?

Can you describe please, what identity correlation is referring to? Why should I care? How can it be prevented?
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Can someone in our local network find out that I use Tor browser?

My desktop is connected to our office network. If I use the Tor browser, can our IT trace that I'm the one using Tor in the office? Could the websites I visited using Tor browser also traced back?
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How to sign up for services that are banning you? (because of Tor?)

I have tried to sign up for a few services/accounts, most recently on http://forums.debian.net and was pretty much denied with messages like: IP Address 78.108.63.44 is listed in the CBL. It appears ...
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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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