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

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Performance issues in single guard for hidden services

From what I can read in this recent post in the Tor blog, Hidden Services use one single guard, just as regular clients do. How does this affect the performance of hidden services? I know that since ...
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Probability for using a malicious entry-relay with and without Entry-Guards?

Im trying to figure out, what the probability for choosing a malicious entry-guard, depended on the amount of Relays and the fraction of malicious Relays, is. In the tor-faq it says for using NO ...
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tor guard (entry node)

I m using VPN that connects to Singapore. Downloaded Tor through that VPN connection and installed it. Why my guards are always european nodes and not asian? The circuits always have european (and ...
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My tor browser isn't truly anonymous, details are leaking somewhere

When I connect to the tor browser and do an IP check, it works with most IP lookup websites like whatismyip.net and whatismyip.com. They don't show my actual location but the one belonging to the tor ...
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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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Do Guard relays rate limit ip addresses of hidden services?

My hidden service gets hit for a while then it fails creating circuits because of the guard. Is it because the guard can't respond or doesn't respond deliberately to protect itself? I couldn't find a ...
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How to modify the TOR connection timeout?

TOR seems to drop the initial choice and select a new guard node, when it fails to build a circuit/connect to a guard node within a certain time interval (which is in the order of 30-60 seconds). Can ...
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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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Tor Guard Selection

so I am trying to understand the Tor path selection in more details especially for the entry guard. So i read in the path-spec.txt that there is a bandwidth weighted entry guard selection where the ...
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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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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 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 ...