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 can one make Tor faster, when willing to to sacrifice anonymity?

It's clear, with special configs of this kind, anonymity will suffer. But if one is aware of that and willing to accept that... How can one make Tor faster? How can one use only fast relays? Will ...
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Does my anonymity depend on the number of Tor users around me?

In other words, if there are many Tor users in my part of the world, do I get better or worse anonymity out of Tor compared to someone using it in an area with few Tor users?
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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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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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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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Should I run Tor in a VM?

I've heard advice that to further protect my anonymity/privacy it's best to run Tor (the Tor Browser Bundle) in a Virtual Machine, which you would ideally roll back after each use. What extra ...
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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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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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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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Can government agencies track what sites I'm visiting when using Tor?

Can agencies such as the NSA or GCHQ track what websites I'm visiting if I'm using the Tor Browser Bundle? What about hidden services?
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How can BitTorrent traffic be anonymized with Tor?

This blog post from a few years ago suggests that using BitTorrent services over Tor is a bad idea for multiple reasons. However, it also suggests some fixes to get over these problems. Is using a ...
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Securely hosting a Tor hidden service/site

There are some detailed instructions for setting up a Tor site at torproject.org1. It seems that it would be most secure to use a dedicated machine for this task if possible. I've read elsewhere that ...
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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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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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