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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what is the recommended OS for accessing dark web through tor to maintain anonymity also using virtual machine?

I like to access dark web and i know it is not safe to access through windows. What is the recommended OS to access dark web other than windows. will it affect my anonymity if I use that OS through ...
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HiddenServiceAuthorizeClient: Difference between 'basic' and 'stealth'? [duplicate]

http://expyuzz4wqqyqhjn.onion/docs/tor-manual.html#HiddenServiceAuthorizeClient The auth-type can either be 'basic' for a general-purpose authorization protocol or 'stealth' for a less scalable ...
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What are these packets sent from my Tor client at irregular intervals during a download?

I am comparing two traffic instances using Wireshark: one using Tor and the other not using Tor. In both instances, the user requests the HTML document of a web page. In both instances I first ...
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How can I explain the meaning of Tor to my grandma? [closed]

I wrote a book about Tor, and my proud grandma wanted to have a copy. So she got it, said "What a beautiful picture on the cover!" and - "What is this, Tor?". She doesn't know a word about ...
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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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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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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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Using TOR multiple times (Tor in Tor) [duplicate]

What if i run tor trough tor? I have seen it somewhere stating that it can destroy your anonimity but i doubt it. All the other circuit is going to do is protect the end nodes anonimity like its a ...
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Tor and Direct Download

Does downloading from a Direct Download (DD) site like Rapidgator through TOR ensures anonymity like browsing any other web site ? If so, is there a way to ensure download managers like Mipony ...
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How should one use a Tor or a proxy service on a virtual machine?

When I'm running a virtual machine, say VirtualBox, if I wanted to use a proxy or service like tor or a VPN, if I only use that on my guest machine, would that be enough? No proxy, service, VPN, ...
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How do I run multiple proxies on Tor for windows? [closed]

Also, will I have to disable firewall? I am fairly new to Tor, so dumb it down as best as you can. Thanks.
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What are the implications of “starting up with tabs/windows from last time”

I am a bit of a tabs nut, and have been trying to read up on various parts of staying anonymous but where I am the ISP is owned by the gov (relatives of the pres) and they don't like the whole idea of ...
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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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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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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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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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Best advise for Tor users?

Do Tor users have any particular concerns, as opposed to general web users? E.g., the owner of an entry node might decide to send malicious code back to all Tor users, or the owners of an exit node ...
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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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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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What would happen if directory authorities were compromised or taken down?

If many directory authorities are compromised or offline, is it still safe to use Tor? What are security and anonymity consequences for Tor users of such an attack on directory authorities?
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Is Tor network traceable

I am curious how I can rely on Tor network in terms of traceability. I am looking for really professional who can say if my Tor communication is secure, if a Tor exit node is detectable or traceable....
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Will Flash compromise content viewing to ISP?

I have read about how installing the Flash plugin in Tor introduces numerous privacy flaws, such as allowing third parties to determine who you are through determining your IP address. Would allowing ...
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Security of Tor compared to VPN

My understanding is that Tor is a more private/anonymous/secure way to browse the internet in comparison to using a VPN. If I understand correctly, this is because with a VPN, the VPN provider has ...
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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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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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My Wordpress blog won't load through Tor

My Wordpress blog won't load on my dashboard if I view it on Tor browser (I'm using Firefox through Tor). It says Wordpress can be "partially" viewed only on Tor. What does that mean? Is there a way I ...
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Safe to open a flash file offline?

I've read that opening files using certain programs such as Flash or Word can automatically send out information from your computer which may compromise anonymity when using Tor. What I'm wondering ...
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internet surfing and isp

When you browse the web you first have to connect to the isp servers or something like that. Is there a way of surfing the net without passing into them? So he wouldn't for example be able to see that ...
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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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Is my Tor service being middle manned hacked or sec?

Recently I noticed a big change in my orbot log...it starts with these 4 PRE QUESTIONS- tor: PRE: Is binary exec? true polipo: PRE: Is binary exec? true obfsclient: PRE: Is binary exec? true xtables: ...
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Do I have to uninstall my other browsers before using Tor Browser Bundle?

I'm new to Tor and not a computer whiz. I use IE and Chrome, or have done until now and have no idea how many cookies are around. Will my searches on Tor Browser Bundle be totally anonymous with the ...
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Does opening files in Office “Protected View” de-anonymize my browsing?

I have read and understand that you should not open files like PDF and Microsoft Office while using Tor because they can access the internet and reveal your real IP address without your knowledge. I ...
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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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'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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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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Best set-up to navigate the dark web anonymously

OK so I'm fairly new but a very fast learner and I investigate everything before I jump and do something. So my questions is this: What's the best set-up? I have a Mac and was thinking of just ...
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Is this setup to send anonymous email secure?

I am working for a company that engages in unethical business practices with a customer. I need to send an anonymous email to the labor board and the customer. I need to keep my identity a secret, but ...
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Should use same ISP for Tor and Real life?

Should I use same ISP for connecting to Tor and for connecting to my real life sites like email and other sites where my Last Name and First Name figure ? I know about VPNs, Bridges and other things ...
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Online / internet banking

Am I still anonymous if I enter my bank card # and password when I log onto internet banking? I bank with the Royal Bank in Canada. Thanks.
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How to send Tor traffic through ssh tunnel?

I want to use TOR in such way: Tor Browser --> local Socks5 proxy --> VPS (connection through ssh tunnel) --> Tor Network --> Internet Questions: How to setup such a connection? Will my ISP ...
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Safe or Dangerous? Attach image to e-mail delivered via Tor

For example, someone wants to be anonymous and created a dummy Yahoo e-mail account, now he wants to send an image over the newly created email via Tor. Does this protect his anonymity? Can you ...
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Internet download manager reveals IP using Tor Bundle?

I was using the Tor browser bundle with JavaScript turned off and when I clicked on a page with a video playing my application outside of Tor kicked in and popped up as an overlay over the Tor page ...
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How to best avoid having unencrypted information logged by an exit node, if encrypted connection is not an option?

There is a role-playing game I would like to play, but I would like to remain anonymous (more like pseudonymous in this case). I want to keep my IP address hidden from the servers. The main issue I ...
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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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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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How to use FaceBook anonymously with Tor? Is it possible to use FaceBook without JavaScript?

Is there any way to use FaceBook with JavaScript disabled? I would like to use FaceBook anonymously with Tor but FB requires JavaScript to be enabled and I read that it can be used to track my ...
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Tor Browser SWF socket

I used Tor with Chrome in anonymous mode. I used a webmail and I send a mail with an uploaded file. I found the following code: "ndex","mailUploadServiceUrl":"/neo2/handlers/upload_attachment.jsx", ...
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Is browsing with Tor safe against non government entities?

I apologize in advance for my lack of understanding. I am planning on starting an adult content website which I plan on running 100% legally and in compliance with all rules and regulations. However, ...
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How to cover Tor usage with both front end and back end hidden by VPN and/or Proxy?

If one decide to cover the usage of Tor from both front end and back end (meaning both from ISP and the destination page) using VPN and/or Proxy, What process should one go through? For example the ...
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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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