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A guard node is the entry node into the Tor network.

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Public network safe with TOR?

As I know, public networks are highly dangerous for normal people as hacker can obtain their private data. One way to prevent this is using a VPN, since after the connection everything is encrypted. ...
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Gap - Counting number of packages to determine client?

I read a lot about onion routing and I am confused about the following fact on Wikipedia: Only the final node, the "exit node", is able to determine its own location in the chain. In my eyes ...
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guard node unexpected change, is it expected behavior?

my guard node is changing between two countries in different sites is it normal ? also, when i open tor my guard node is always the same, but some time passed it changes to another country but if i ...
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Tor comunicating to other IPs beside my guard node, should it happen?

Running netstat and analyzing my established connections I noticed sometimes tor talks to other IPs that aren't my guard node. I'm not sure if this is supposed to happen because I very very new to ...
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Who can determine the guard-node of a hidden-service?

If someone hosts a hidden-service, then the hidden-service obviously knows its guard-node. I would guess the guard-node knows that it is the guard-node of the tor-application which is used by the ...
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Why do I get connected to TOR nodes that I excluded in TORRC?

I'm testing the TOR browser bundle and I keep getting connected to exit nodes in countries that I've explicitly excluded in my torrc: StrictNodes 1 ExcludeExitNodes {ad},{ar},{au},{at},{bs},{by},{be},...
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Could I avoid traffic confirmation attacks by setting up my own guard node?

If I set up my own guard node and always use it when connecting through the Tor network, would I be fully protected from confirmation attacks? Also, how would my anonymity be affected with such a ...
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What does the middle node of my Tor circuit know about my guard node?

Can the middle node of my Tor circuit detect if I am using a bridge and/or pluggable transport?
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What percentage/ratio of entry nodes reside in 14 Eyes or NATO affiliated countries?

I spent a good amount of time editing my Tor configuration files to switch in between entry nodes and found that eventually after excluding all nodes, I was lastly routed through Kyrgyzstan. I only ...
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Advertised bandwidth rising but consensus weight falling?

I am a new non-exit relay operator, currently running TOR v4.5.4 rc on a RaspberryPi 3B+, on a FTTH connection. My relay is https://metrics.torproject.org/rs.html#details/...
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Not possible to connect some countries

I was running Tor-0.2.9.9 till yestoday, thene I updated to the new version Tor-0.4.5.5-rc now i cannot connect to Japan or India anymore and also to some other countries. In version Tor-0.2.9.9 it ...
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guard node IP is european (FR or DE)

Why is my guard french or german if my IP is from Singapore? I downloaded the Tor installation file from Singapore but my guard is still french. Why is it like this? I suppose to get asian circuit.
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tor log shows ignoring ExcludeNodes?

Tor Log says: [WARN] Not using bridge at [scrubbed]: it is in ExcludeNodes. and [NOTICE] Opened Socks listener on 127.0.0.1:9150 It minds that my tor, conexion/router have been hacked? To put you ...
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Non-exit fluctuating guard flag

I'm trying to understand the criteria by which authorities determine their vote for the guard flag in order to elucidate why this flag on my relay is flapping. I see a scattering of information from ...
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how tor establishes connection on first run?

As far as I know, there are nine hardcoded directory servers in the tor program. So, is it's starting by making one of them as it's guard node and then on step two, obtain data about all other relays ...
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What happens in case of temporary HS guard unavailability?

In my Tor testing environment I noticed that if a HS guard node is unavailable, it is not immediately replaced by using another guard. I know that entry guards are changed after months (6-9?) but I ...
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Why don't we have more than one entry node per tor circuit?

A typical tor circuit has Browser -> entryNode(A) -> relay(B) -> exitNode(C) -> Server This is prone to timing related attacks if both entryNode and exitNode are controlled by the ...
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Extra Entry Guards, Duplicate Relays, and Similar Exit Nodes: Is this how Tor is supposed to work?

Similar nodes are acting as multiple exit nodes with names such as Pwner1 and Pwner2 and other exit nodes have exactly the same name for multiple circuits but with different fingerprints such as PWNEE....
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Does my internet speed matter?

Does my internet speed matter if I use same circuit, nodes/hops? There are 3 PC's: 1st one is connected to 100Mbps internet speed 2nd 500Mbps internet speed 3rd 1Gbps internet speed In case all of ...
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Automated way to fetch Tor guard IPs?

Is there a way to fetch all the Tor guard IPs from the Tor Project website? I looked for an API but could not see. The information is actually public, but I cannot nicely fetch it, only see it in the ...
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Does connecting to a normal website using tor work the same way as connecting to a hidden website?

When you connect to a normal website using tor, is the process of connecting to it the same as when you connect to a hidden website? First you connect to the entry node, then middle node then exit ...
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View current set of guard nodes of a certain client

How can I view the currently selected guards of my Tor browser (not just the one in action, but all three, my client keeps in a list)?
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Why Tor Browser connects to 3 differents guards but only use one?

I'm using wireshark to learn what is going on when I start tor. I expected to see one communication with an authoritative directory node and then a connection with the guard node, but I get something ...
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Currently (02/09/2019), how many entry guards does Tor choose and for how long are they maintained?

Two years ago, an identical question was done (Currently, how many entry guards does Tor choose and for how long are they maintained?). Now (02/09/2019) I ask the same, because I am seeking for an ...
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How to become a tor guard node?

From a little bit of research, I found that anyone can be any node other than a guard node. Why is that so? On some forums they say stable uptime for a few weeks is required, but is there a minimum ...
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Why guard and exit nodes are allowed to be from same country?

If one's connection is corrupted when your guard and exit node is the same person (that can then analyze your traffic and based on that figure out your IP), why does Tor allow them to be from the same ...
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Increasing number of middle relays weakens the anonymity?

Tor nodes build encrypted TLS sessions between neighbors to multiplex circuits of users. Multiplexing helps to anonymize users (?). With an increasing number of middle relays multiplexing becomes ...
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Does entry node know the clients ipaddress?

I have read that entry nodes knows clients ipaddress but how is it possible because tor uses socks proxy to communicate
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How to control my Tor-Nodes

I know that Tor needs 3 nodes to work, but is there a way to control my node number, mean to add more nodes or subtract nodes.
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How to Detect Tor Usage From Old Network Traces?

As part of some computer forensics work, I have been asked to look at network traces (showing IP addresses and port numbers) from several years ago, to see if someone was using Tor. I have heard that ...
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TBB, recieving traffic from two OrPorts

I'm using TBB for GNU/Linux as client. Wireshark logged traffic coming from entry guard (port 443) and a less frequent traffic coming from other tor relay (port 9001). Searching over at https://...
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would torify use the same circuit as tbb when both are in operation?

Let's say I'm using both tbb and torify at the same time. For e.g. I'm using tor to browser/look at tor.stackexchange.com. At the same time I am running torify on a different url say https://aaa.bbb....
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Every entry node is in the USA [duplicate]

With this tor version (I can't tell you because it isn't shown anywhere in the browser) every entry node is from the USA only. I'm always trying to avoid any node from USA or little britain. But it ...
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Tor encryption combination

I'm trying to understand exactly how Tor builds a circuit with encryption. I've read the Tor design literature and have a pretty good grasp on it, however I'm left with the following misunderstanding. ...
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Does restricting guard node choice negatively affect anonymity?

In response to the comment on https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-0306-released-new-series-stable Is old version of tor node a bottleneck in the whole tor chain (in sense of security)? Does it ...
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list of all the entry nodes

I need to know the list of all entry nodes. Is it possible to do this? I found here https://www.dan.me.uk/tornodes a list of all nodes or only exit nodes but I only need entry nodes.
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Why does Tor Browser sometimes choose one entry guard (most of the time), but sometimes it choose two or three entry guards?

Some days ago I opened a thread asking how many entry guards Tor Browser currently picks. I found out, with help from forum volunteers, that the current source code of the stable version of Tor (0.2.9....
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Currently, how many entry guards does Tor choose and for how long are they maintained?

As it is said in the Tor FAQ: "each Tor client selects a few relays at random to use as entry points, and uses only those relays for her first hop." These relays are known as "entry guards". I have ...
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How do I verify the Tor Circuit duration? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of having JavaScript code send messages to my server. How do I go about it? Is there a better way? Edit: How do I find out the exact duration for which a Tor circuit exists before ...
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How to find the ip address of the tor entry/guard node I am currently connected to?

I have heard Tor blocks traffic analysis so it is not possible to get the middle relay ip address. How do I find the ip address of the entry relay? Does traceroute help in doing that? I also use tor ...
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How does selecting new guard relays work?

I've been told guards are selected when a client first connects to the Tor network and used until they disappear. What constitutes disappearing? Do all guards need to disappear (and then the whole ...
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Guard Nodes: how long is too long?

I've had the same guard node for almost 4 weeks now. I know it's natural to have the same guard for a prolonged period, but a month? I use tbb every day, tbb version 6.0.7 on ubuntu 16. Would anyone ...
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What do you make of the news that researchers had found at least 110 Tor nodes that were spying in on network traffic or were honeypots?

URLS for news www.zdnet.com/article/over-100-spying-malicious-tor-nodes-discovered/ www.scmagazineuk.com/security-researchers-discover-over-100-suspicious-tor-nodes-snooping-on-traffic/article/...
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Does Tor entry point store my ISP information?

Does Tor entry point stores my ISP addresses after I disconnect from the Tor system?
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Can I opt to be not middle relay?

I know that in a Tor circuit, there are typically 3 relays: Guard, Middle, and Exit. If I want to run a Tor relay, can I configure it so that I can only serve as Exit node, or Guard node, but not ...
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How to use local relay with Tor Browser?

I am running a tor relay (which has the guard flag) in my LAN at an IP like 192.168.0.103. I would like to have Tor Browser use this relay as a guard/entry node so that all the tor traffic goes ...
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Entry Node exactly the same for days. 100 request to change and remains same [duplicate]

I'm worried. I connect to exact same entry node for days. Even after 100 new circuit requests, it hasn't moved. Am I being watched? How can I get TOR to connect to different first node?
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Does Tor change the Guard node (Entry node) if I connect my PC from a different IP address?

Assume that I installed Tor on my PC and used it from IP1. I then bring my PC to another location and use Tor from IP2. So will my Three Guard Nodes be changed? If not, where in the packet can I find ...
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Why is it so hard to use an internal relay that has no Guard flag as Guard Relay?

I've set up a tor relay that has no Guard flag, but I want to use it as a Guard relay when I use Tor from outside. But sometimes it works and sometimes not. Why is this so hard and what can I do to ...
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Entry guards and multiple Tor clients

Suppose a computer user is running multiple Tor clients: a system-wide tor instance, Tor Browser, Tor Messenger, Ricochet, etc. Given that all of these clients independently select entry guard nodes ...
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