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

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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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Can somebody force my Tor circuits to always start from his "guard node", to access my traffic?

The first node after "my browser" is always the same. I am worried to see that even when asking for "new identity" or "new circuit", it restarts always by the same IP address in France. I have no ...
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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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Can Tor nodes know their position in the circuit?

It is documented which node knows what. I'm wondering if the nodes in the circuit know their own relative position. For normal three relay paths, they certainly can infer their position: the exit ...
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Using entry nodes with specific ports

Is there any way to tell the Tor daemon on my computer to only pick entry nodes with specific TCP ports? It seems like our ISP has started blocking Tor communication on its usual ports (443, 9001, etc)...
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How Tor network works [closed]

I know that while you are using Tor, the exit relay and the middle node often change. Does the guard node also change, or does it stay the same until I close and restart Tor? When I click on "New ...
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If I run a relay on my home network should I use it as my guard node?

Started running a relay from my home network. Getting a bit of traffic now. Wondering if it would be beneficial to run my Tor connections through it. It seems to be able to mask my use of Tor. If I ...
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How does one pick a guard position (entry node) for one's Tor relay?

I want to run a Tor server as an entry point of Tor network, so that the torstatus web page (torstatus.blutmagie.de) illustrate my server as a guard server. How do I accomplish this task?
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How does Tor Metrics estimate client location?

Tor Metrics provides data on client location at the country level. How is this data estimated? I assume it does so with the CollecTor data? How does one back the country out from that information? I ...
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Are these specs (VPS) good enough to run a Tor relay?

I want to run a bunch of Tor relays, and so plan to buy 10 $5 VPS's from a company called Beastnode. I have had an amazing experience with this company for game servers and websites in the past, so I ...
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How to change the entry node?

When Tor changes circuit it only changes middle node and exit node, the entry node stays the same since the Tor started, so I guess the entry node is limiting the traffic if you make too much traffic,...
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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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Does an Entry Guard know by which clients it's being used as Entry Guard?

We're doing an assignment on net anonymity, especially about Tor. We're trying to find out where Tor users are coming from. In order to achieve this, we set up a Tor node and disabled scrambled ...
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How to prevent a rogue Tor entry node?

The Tor system works by connecting to a Tor node. That Tor node then connects to a deeper Tor node, which connects to a deeper Tor node, which connects to an exit node. How do I know that there's no ...
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Too much Not anonim Exit Nodes on the TOR Network!

Many exit nodes are not anonym. It says "Hi I'm a Proxy Or Hi I'm a Tor Exit Node on host name". Here is a test site: http://ipcim.com/hu/. Host names: TOR-EXIT.CYLAB.CMU.EDU sipb-tor.mit.edu ...
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What are Tor Node Selection Rules?

What are the rules by which Tor Proxies select entry, exit, and middle nodes from the list of Tor nodes? Where is this implemented in the source code?
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How can I select some specifc paths?

I want to select some specific routers as my entry relay, middle relay and exit node. I know I can edit torrc to determine entry and exit, how can I determine the middle one?
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Is it possible to know which entry node, middle node, and exit node one is using while using TBB?

Is it possible to know which entry node, middle node, and exit node one is using while using TBB online. Also, be informed as node changes or additional nodes being added online while using TBB.
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Would Tor work if it became very large?

I wonder whether there would be any problems if Tor grew to serve a large portion (e.g. 5 or 30 %) of internet (web) usage? As I understand it Tor is helped by new nodes at the moment – but is there ...
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Which kinds of relaying Tor servers are available as "rendezvous points" and "introduction points" for hidden services?

There appears to be several kinds of nodes (Tor instances acting as servers relaying traffic for others): Clients with Relaying disabled (Included in this list only for completion, as their IPs are ...
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How many distinct Tor circuits are possible?

Given the current relay census, and assuming a standard Tor Browser Bundle installation, approximately how many distinct Tor circuits are possible? Once entry guards have been chosen, approximately ...
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What are the minimum amount of nodes traffic passes through?

Is there a minimum amount of nodes traffic goes through before reaching it's destination? To my understanding of Tor, every node increases the effectiveness of the encrypted communication.
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Does Tor encrypt a client's connection to its entry node?

Does Tor encrypt a client's connection to its entry node? How does it do this?
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Tor use frequent entry nodes after each launch

After launching Tor I can see in my firewall logs there are always few IPs that i'm connecting to. Is this something normal? These are entry nodes right? But why always the same? Does Tor cache ...
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How are the exit and non-exit packets in the Tor relay system recognized?

Relay setting in Vidalia has two options for relaying: "for the Tor network" and "inside the Tor network". The options enable relaying either just inside the Tor network or additionally out of the Tor ...
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Is it posible to choose what entry node you want to use?

If I know of an entry node that I know the device running it is not malicious or being watched, do I have the ability to only use that as an entry point? And would this be potentially more secure than ...
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Is it safe to run an entry node server?

After some research, I found that there are mostly relay (middle) nodes, and less exit and entry nodes. But why? The connection from the client to the entry node is encrypted, so there should be no ...
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