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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can Verizon wireless see Web traffic when I'm tethering to my pc which is running tor browser?

I use my Verizon wireless phone and a third party app to tether to my home network. When I use tor browser on my pc can Verizon see or read the Web traffic? The way I have it set up is, I use my ...
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How can a .onion url be routed on the internet on the right server?

Ok, so thank you for taking some time to read this. My teammates and I are on a university project to understand how Tor functions. In the context that a client made a request to a normal website (i....
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Tor as a Chrome/Firefox extension Plugin?

Browsing habit seems to be one of the big factors on anonymity, and i am wondering if there is possibility that technology wise Tor can be written as a Plugin on top of Mainstream browsers, so the ...
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Using Orfox/Orbot with ExpressVPN for Android

Done a lot of reading on this subject recently, and I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly. I activate my VPN, then activate Orbot, and run OrFox (tor browser) through the orbot browser tab. ...
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How do Google servers discriminate anonymous users?

First of all, I am a new user of Tor and a very naive computer user in general, so excuse me if I am too thick. When I searched anything on Google using Tor, most times I got the 'Error 403 forbidden'...
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Is there any risk to use the Tor Browser along with other programs (not using Tor)

Please, could you tell me if my anonymity is at risk if I use the Tor Browser in the following scenarios: I am using other browsers or programs (accessing the Internet, but not through Tor), while I ...
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Any issues with ip leaking when using youtube-dl with tor?

I've wondering if using youtube-dl to download youtube videos will leak my real ip, like with p2p. If so, is there a way to protect against this, or is there another linux app that can do the same ...
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Send emails to external addresses

I would want to send emails to external addresses from an external web site (for example contact@mywebsite.com or .org etc) from my mail2tor account, but I received the next e-mail: Subject:   ...
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Can I use other applications connected to the Internet while using Tor?

Let's suppose that I am using Tor and I open another page in Firefox at the same time. Will it compromise my anonymity?
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Signing Up for Twitter on Tor DEMANDS Phone Verification

I'm trying to sign up for Twitter on Tor, but whenever I do, I'm asked to give out a phone number for verification - which would render Tor useless as they would see my location. No matter what, ...
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Why is javascript enabled by default in the Tor browser? [duplicate]

I read that javascript should be disabled in the Tor browser, as it could harm my anonymity. However, Javascript is enabled in Tor default configuration. Why did the developers made the choice to ...
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Does using HTTP break my anonymity?

The TOR manual says that the sites I visit should display the blue/green HTTPS insignia. The sites I visit do not. Instead when I hover the mouse over the icon at the beginning in the URL bar, it ...
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How can website server recognize incoming Tor or VPN connection?

I was trying to signup for a service provided by a website using Tor, the website prevented me and asked me to disable my proxy settings, he noticed me with the following: Our checks indicate that ...
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Email anonymity [duplicate]

I'm using Tails on a newly formatted pc at home, conncting to internet via wifi. I need to remain anonymous to the recipients (no matters email encyption) so i wonder if it's enough to register a new ...
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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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Why can't I change my apparent location using Tor?

I've set Tor to use United States exit nodes (torrc). Why is a US website still telling me that I can't watch a video in "my location"? How can I fix it? (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/...
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Tor circuit display in Tor Browser - how can it?

If all the nodes in a Tor circuit aren't supposed to know about each other, how can the Tor Browser display the whole circuit? If it knows all the addresses in the chain, can't someone else pull that ...
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Tor connection from 1st to 2nd computer, then from 2nd computer, a 2nd Tor connection to browse web (for increased untraceability)

Requirement: set up a two-leg Tor connection (using Tor twice). End user works on 1st computer, connects thru Tor to a 2nd off-site computer (could go thru VPN, SSH, or SSL as well), and then from ...
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tor relays question?

I read this in some book : All connections between the first relay and the exit relay are encrypted, and each relay along the way knows only the previous and the next hop. ...
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Trustpas.com does detect somehow your identity

I am not a programmer or an IT insider, I tested your browser by creating different accounts and then publishing reviews for a same company, however, Trustpilot instantly flagged my reviews because ...
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What encryption algorithms does Tor use?

I am building an application that will be connected over tor, using onion services. I just realized that the file generated by Tor that contains the private key of the hidden site is only RSA 1024bits....
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Usage if I don't need anonymity but want to help others?

What is the recommended way to use Tor when I don't need anonymity myself, but want to help increase the anonymity of the whole network so that others can benefit? I'm not sure I can express my ...
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Cost to use VirtualBox by Oracle [closed]

What is the cost, if any, to use Virtual Box by Oracle with or through Tor? I have read the Virtual Machines article, the Oracle Terms of Use, the Services Privacy Policy, and the Wiki article link on ...
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Can I permanently blow my anonimity on Tor?

I am new to Tor. I'm not using it for anything illegal or suspicious, I'm just trying to protect my privacy as best as I can from my ISP, NSA, etc. (primarily my IP address, and anything that could ...
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Proxy settings issue/HTTPS issue - warning message

I am using Tor in Tails. To verify that I am connected correctly, I go to IP-check.info. Lately, IP-check.info is giving me a warning message "..you are not using Tor correctly. Your own IP address ...
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Anonymity in China

I am planning a trip to China soon and would like to be pretty much invisible while on the internet. Does TOR keep me safe from the "Internet Watchers?" I am not planning any illegal or immoral ...
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How do I make Tor only give me one alternate ip address? [duplicate]

Awhile ago, I had installed the Tor Browser as a way to evade an IP ban on a game I play. The Tor Browser was working quite well, until one of the IP addresses used was also IP banned. So, my question ...
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Cross browser tracking

Say I have one (non tor) browser open and visit a site like Gmail, then using a tor browser, use an email services associated with an alias. Using either cookies or some other mechanism could those ...
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How to use command line utilities through Tor? [duplicate]

Using Tor browser can help us stay anonymous. But I not always browse the web when I am on my PC. What about the command line utilities like wget and so. For example, some command line utility might ...
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Does Claw compromise anonymity provided by Tails?

I'd like to know if anonymity is comprised while setting Claw with my everyday mail addresses (name.surname@gmail, hotmail). My first thought would answer yes, but i'm not expert. if so, what could ...
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Mozilla now hosting Tor relay nodes

What is the deal with allowing Mozilla to host Tor relay nodes? They say their contribution will help to greatly expand and improve the Tor network, yet despite all the recent spin on the truth about ...
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Can someone determine my location by watching the entry node

I know My ISP will know my location based on the cell tower location I connect to. How about someone watching the entry Node. Can they determine my location. If so at what level. A country, state, ...
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Can Firefox & Tor (on the same machine) be *seen* as the same machine? [duplicate]

Assuming a standard Win7 machine with Firefox and Tor, all auto-updated. Firefox has VLC, Silverlight, Acrobat, and OpenH264 plugins, but also locked down a tiny-bit with NoScript, HTTPS everywhere, ...
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Are there Tor modifications that do NOT expose uniqueness?

Add-ons like Flash and VLC and others are more obvious, and the general notion stands that “any add-on is a risk to make your online fingerprint unique”, but I'd still like to think a simple ...
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Website seems to know location / Orbot & Orfox

I have been using orbot/orfox on an android/cyanogen tablet. However, a website seems to still know my location. I would like to prevent this, but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I am not ...
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Can some one ping tails/tor

I know that my traffic is encrypted and Tor scrubs my information on its way to the first node. Only a bad node may get my IP. How about when my data is in transit. Is the IP hidden? Can some one Ping ...
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How to mitigate layer 7 attacks on hidden services?

I've observed the following: The Tor client establishes reverse connections to random relays and any further hidden service traffic is tunneled trough these connections. This means: There are no ...
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How anonymous is a stack exchange account?

Sorry I have to be a bit vague here. Suppose I need to know how to do something completely legal and ethical but have reason to avoid having the question connected to me to the knowledge of persons ...
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Tor is connected not only to guard node [closed]

Several times a day I notice that Tor is not only connected to the guard node but also to other IP addresses. Sometimes three or four IP addresses. Is this normal?
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Am using Tor now w/a VPN. How did MSN pinpoint my location? Screenshot

What is going on? Am using Tor Browser along with "Strong VPN." Just signed out of my Hotmail which, at first, showed U.K. stories on its homepage. But now that I'm about to sign back in, my real ...
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Noob:: would someone be helpful to be sure I am as private as possible?

I follow all of the usual set ups, but in global it shows my external ip and the name of my isp. Is this normal? Am I putting myself out there more than I need to? Thank you for your patience. link ...
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Similar to I2P and Tor with http/socks proxies

I am trying to measure different TCP packets delay that are transferred through various anonymity networks. For that purpose, I need some anonymity networks that use either socks or http proxies, just ...
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What is the difference between Tor and Tails

This is kind of a noob question but I would appreciate some response nevertheless. I have been reading a lot about Tor and Tails recently but I am still confused on what does what and the difference ...
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Is it safe to run Avast with Tor

Is it safe to run Avast with Tor? I currently use Avast, but I've understood that Avast, as other anti-virus programs, send and log a lot of data about any browser that is being used. Are there some ...
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Using Tor browser and Chrome/Firefox simultaneously

So, let's say that I got interested in keeping myself anonymous a little to late. But I installed Tor and have some questions: If I use two web browsers - Tor Browser and Chrome/Firefox - can my ...
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How can I download Tor within China to get over the Great Firewall?

I am trying to download Tor within China to use as VPN. However, I cannot access the Tor download page using the mainstream internet inside of China. I am blocked by the Great Firewall, and recent ...
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Designing P2P application over Tor

I am building a P2P C++ application that uses tor as a socks proxy to connect to the internet. This P2P app will only connect to other users running the same application, so all the communication ...
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Tor Warning Against Maximizing Window

When I maximize Tor, it says this: How can my monitor size be used to track me? I mean, I guess if I have a certain brand, you can rule out some countries, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one ...
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Is there a way to prevent Tor from appearing suspicious by connecting to strange locations?

I used Tor at work and got informed by a security analyst that my computer was exhibiting strange behavior. She said that it was connecting to servers in Amsterdam. Though I think there were some ...
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Is tor still as safe as it was before the takedown of Silk Road?

After the government infiltrated (presumably an exit node) of the Tor network, is it still as safe for users who want their anonymity hidden as it was before the government cracked it? Or is there a ...

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