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Suddenly my Tor hidden service isn't available

I created a Tor hidden service (a server binded to localhost port and torrc config'd to use the 127.0.0.1 xxxx) for clients to connect to. It was working great for a month or so, and now no one can ...
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Why do sites such as DuckDuckGo and freenode set up hidden services?

Presumably this doesn't help protect their identity, since they are also accessible over the regular Internet. Does it make things somehow easier for users? I think you have to set up a local Tor ...
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Who can see my bridge's ContactInfo?

I'm guessing that a bridge uploads its ContactInfo to the bridge authority, so there's a point of contact for the Tor project. Is this information available to any other parties, i.e. users ...
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How do I create a launcher / script that opens an URL in TorBrowser (from the bundle)

If I do tor-browser_en-US/App/Firefox/firefox-bin http://example.com it opens in my regular Firefox browser. Is there a way to make a launcher/script that opens a link in the Tor Browser?
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IP address in specific city

Do I have the ability to choose an exit IP Address at city-level? I need my IP address to show as Phoenix, Arizona. How do I chose that location for an IP Address?
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What does the Tor Browser Bundle do to prevent the linking of sessions?

What changes are made to the Tor Brower Bundle or what does it ship with to prevent a website from linking user session together, including fingerprinting on the device such as browser or system ...
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Should we expect to see Tor Hidden Services get load balancing (similar to I2P's and multi-homing feature) in the next several years?

I realize this question would be highly subject to unknown variables, but I have to presume a few devs are at least partially interested in onion features and someone might have an idea where load ...
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How does having a dynamic IP for Tor relay affect its metrics?

I'm running a Tor non-exit relay on a network with a dynamic IP that changes every day. What is the update on how this can affect the metrics of my relay (mainly the stable flag, uptime, consensus ...
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Freenet distributed hosting model: Could it be ported to Tor?

I've always wondered why Tor uses a server-based model of content storage rather than a Freenet-style, distributed, encrypted, plausible-denial model. It seems that it would be much more robust and ...
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Where is the Tor API documentation?

I want to have a program I'm writing interact with the Internet exclusively through Tor. After perusing the Tor project's documentation it appears that they do not specify the API anywhere i.e. how a ...
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Can I use my personal account of facebook, hotmail, gmail in TBB?

I'm in doubt about the use of TBB, because I'm a month without using facebook for reasons of geolocation, I can utilize my TBB through the personal accounts because my registration in social networks ...
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Can technicians track my computer which has an image on it if I use Tor?

My laptop is imaged on a school network, which allows the technicians to remotely connect to it, locate it and track what I'm doing if I'm connected to their network, if I use Tor at home (or any ...
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I want USA only ip addresses, how do i set that up? [duplicate]

Would like a step by step explanation on how i can set my Tor to only use USA ip/exit nodes, thank you....
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What is the “TLS write overhead” percentage reported in Tor log entries?

Tor sometimes logs entries similar to this: Sep 27 03:21:32.000 [notice] TLS write overhead: 13% What does this line mean? Is there a value where this indicates problems?
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How can I learn about the network?

I'd like to learn about the Tor network in terms of numbers, statistics. Can I find out how many relays the network has and possibly where they are located? Can I learn about roles the relays play ...
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How well-protected am I behind Tor?

I would like a general consensus, idea, or evidential proof of how protected I am from authorities behind Tor. As it stands, am I how much more protected and less likely from getting traced behind ...
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Using Tails, is one identified as Tails user or as general Tor user?

Tor users can be identified as Tor users one way or the other. Now Tails users are subset of Tor users. Can this subset be identified as Tails users? Or this subset can not be distinguished from other ...
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What platforms does Tor work on?

I'm looking for a list of the operating systems/architectures Tor runs on while being supported by the Tor Project, and if it can be compiled on other system not directly supported by the Tor Project. ...
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What Tor-friendly hosting providers allow anonymous accounts?

There are at least three levels to "Tor-friendly": allow clients; allow non-exit relays; allow exit relays. In any case, the provider must accept SSH connections via Tor. By "anonymous accounts", I ...
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How to add obfs3 bridges in torrc?

I have installed Tor on my Ubuntu system, not the Tor browser bundle. Now I can add bridges into torrc file and it's ok. But I want to know how can I add obfs3 bridges into torrc file?
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What is the use of the hardcoded server entries in the Tor source code?

I found there are 10 hardcoded entries in the Tor source code. I think these maybe the servers from which tor clients retrieve the list of relays but I need confirmation. Google doesn't turn up ...
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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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How can find my Amazon EC2 Bridge with Globe

I installed a cloud bridge on Amazon EC2. Now I wanted to find it using Globe (http://globe.rndm.de/). But what name do I search for? I didn't choose one.
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How to detect tampering with Tor binaries downloaded from unofficial sources?

If I've download a Tor binary from an unofficial source is there a way to verify that the binaries haven't been tampered with?
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How to tell my Tor Browser to use a certain relay as entry point?

I am running a Tor relay on a remote server that is hosted in a professional server farm about 1000 km away from my home. I am absolutely sure, that this Tor relay is secure because I am root on this ...
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Is there a way to have a Tor relay use more bandwidth as certain times of the day?

I have Tor set up on a Raspberry Pi dedicated to just Tor. I provide what bandwidth I can during the day so that it doesn't interfere with my online activities. I would like to provide most if not all ...
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How can I optimize the connection bandwidth and response time for Tor-browsing?

How can I achieve the optimal connection for using Tor as a client, in terms of bandwidth and response time, given infinite resources? Can I set up a server with very strong connection and do a VPN ...
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How can one move its relay to another server without losing anything?

Supposing one runs a server on some server and wants to move it to another. How can this be done without losing the flags (like stable, guard, named) and the progress to get a t-shirt, if certain ...
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How to connect to freenode using Tor?

I want to chat on a channel which is on freenode. I need to use Tor for anonymity. What IRC client should I use and how do I configure to connect to freenode?
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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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Tor -> VPN or VPN -> Tor

I'm trying to decide which method is safer, Tor -> VPN or VPN -> Tor. Lets suppose both exit nodes are compromised(Tor and VPN). They were set up by the government and it's goal is to spy on users. ...
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Is there any possibility that exit node in one of our sessions will be our own relay?

If we chose to become an exit node at the same time while routing our connections through Tor, is there a possibility that our own exit node is going to be the exit node that we just set up? (As a ...
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Why do Tor hidden service operators bother with SSL/TLS encryption?

Tor hidden services have an asymmetric key pair. That seems like it ought to do the job of authenticating the server and securing the connection to the client. When Tor clients reach out to normal ...
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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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Tor historical vulnerabilities list

Is there a compiled list of all discovered and fixed Tor vulnerabilities from the time of its creation until now? I am looking for something like this list for open-ssl https://www.openssl.org/news/...
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Can onion sites have subdomains?

Can .onion sites have subdomains (e.g. subdomain.abcdefghijklmnop.onion/) or do the naming protocols prevent this? It appears to have been suggested in 2012, and the developers (or someone) say they ...
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How to calculate optimal Relay Bandwidth & Throughput

Setting up a Tor relay on a VPS/cloud is a relatively straightforward process, which is great for people who enjoy that warm-fuzzy-i'm-making-a-difference feeling we get by contributing bandwidth to ...
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Is it dangerous to watch videos full screen on Tor Browser?

When watching HTML5 videos on Tor Browser, is it dangerous to go full screen? Can this be used to find out my screen resolution? Especially wondering this for Youtube.
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Socket creation failed — TBB unable to start Tor

I tried to start Tor in a computer pool and it failed. The PCs were running Windows 7. I downloaded the latest Tor Browser Bundle and executed the start script. Almost immediately a warning appeared ...
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How can website fingerprinting be prevented?

Recent research [PDF] has shown that website fingerprinting works with Tor. Website fingerprinting = Determine what website is visited based on certain characteristics even when encryption is applied....
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Whonix: Avoid changing exit node (external IP address)

I understand Tor tries to protect me by getting me a new IP address every 10 minutes. That, however, makes it hard to use websites where the session cookie is bound to the IP-address: Every 10 minutes ...
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How to force Tor to use just one circuit?

We use Stem's launch_tor_with_config with the following config and then close all circuits opened by it (with close_circuit). MaxCircuitDirtiness and NewCircuitPeriod: tens of hours ...
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How do I use Tor Browser with Qubes TorVM?

I want to run Tor Browser, without the bundled Tor, using Qubes TorVM. Let's assume I have already got Qubes OS running. The TorVM documentation states under Future Work: "Create Tor Browser packages ...
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How to take control of a Tor hidden service if you have the private key?

I'm pretty new to Tor and don't know much about it. I was wondering how one would take control of a Tor hidden service if they had the private key. There's a darknet website called "DOXBIN" that was ...
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Will routing Tor through a proxy help avoid cloudflare (and how to do it w/ TBB?)

I've been running into cloudflare issues quite a bit when browsing with Tor and it seems to be becoming more and more of an issue. Sometimes I get captchas, sometimes I don't, but regardless it's ...
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List of attacks that try to trick browser to not use SOCKS/Tor

I've heard it called "disbanding" attacks where the attacker induces a client into not routing a connection over Tor. Basically all of the things that the TBB protects against. Examples might be ...
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Changing tor's default listening port withing the torrc file

I have downloaded and installed the tor browser bundle. I would like to run tor as a single process alone without the browser, so I've been launching the tor.exe which exists in [%Tor Directory%]\...
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I cannot log-in, in hangout when using Tor Browser

Normally I log-in my google plus page using the Tor Browser. However, I cannot use hangouts in google plus. It says "please sign in to chat with your friends". I have tried many times to sign in, but ...
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CloudFare without Captcha

I am trying to go to a website, namely, fiverr.com However, Cloudfare blocks me and doesn't give me any chance to go past through the page. There is NO CAPTCHA for me to see and type. Any issues? ...
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In what ways can private relays be used?

There are applications where private relays, not listed in public consensus directories, would perhaps be useful. For example, one might use four-relay circuits with private entry guards and exit ...

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