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How do Google servers discriminate anonymous users?

Error 403 and CAPTCHA are appearing because the exit node you're using is not dedicated to you only: Many people are using it, including to access Google and other services. It seems - on a website ...
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Internet censored (Kazakhstan)

Use Pluggable Transports. Choose Configure (or accessed under the Green Onion Menu -> Tor Network Settings) Choose 'My ISP block connections...'. Choose obfs4, meek-azure or meek-amazon. Select Okay. ...
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Is Tor completely anonymous?

This setup may, or may not, be completely anonymous, depending on a whole bunch of factors, some extremely subtle. Adding a VPN to Tor basically never improves anonymity, though. Exactly how someone ...
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Which node(s), if any, in the circuit for a hidden service, can see the URI of a request to a hidden service?

(Assuming the URL is http://X.onion?foo=bar) One relay (HSDir) knows that someone (but not who) wanted to look up the record for where to leave a message to request to talk to "X". Another relay (...
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Is a server's response to a Tor browser query encrypted by the Tor nodes when it transits the Tor circuit in the reverse direction?

If a Tor browser makes a request of a server on the Internet, it will be encrypted several times by the Tor browser before it leaves the client. Correct. Once for each Tor relay, which is a ...
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Using Tor to comment on blogs and forums?

Yes, you can use Tor to do whatever you can do on the web, including commenting on blogs, forums, ... As long as they do not block Tor exit relays (for example you wont be able to 'comment' on ...
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YouTube anonymity through Tor

The warning is from DuckDuckGo. It means that your browser still has to connect to YouTube even if you watch the video "here". My question is what does DuckDuckGo mean by this. Are they given ...
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how to send email anonymous from Gmail

You can't. If you want to stay anonymous, you cannot send an email through Gmail as you will lose your anonymity. One of the main things not to do while using Tor is to use Google services since your ...
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how to send email anonymous from Gmail

If you want to stay anonymous, you need to think about every step when using your mail provider. Registering your account Accessing your mail account Reading your mails Writing your mails You have ...
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Designing P2P application over Tor

"the IP for other users to connect to?" Onion services don't use IPs. You should use SOCKS5's remote hostname functionality, this hands over the hostname to Tor and will ensure you do not ...
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Security of Tor compared to VPN

That random site who will make money in selling you a VPN service is being "liberal with the truth". Lets do a point by point: Their "Tor disadvantages" "It is very slow" Not always, you can ...
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Will Flash compromise content viewing to ISP?

Yes. Without even starting on the subject of it's comically long list of exploits, many of which have been discovered because they were already in use in the wild as a 0day, it will entirely break ...
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Can I Use Tails in One Stick of USB? ( 8Gb) instead of 2 (4Gb) Stick

Yes, but only under certain circumstances. The reason it is recommending 2 USBs is that for features like encrypted persist storage and incremental updates it has to be installed from the Tails ...
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when will riffle be release? anyone know? riffle is new technology that provide better anonymity than tor

Riffle, hOR.NET and many other promising on paper projects are seem to be either a hoax, or a stale-development ones. No release date for all of them - even for the source, that makes most of concerns ...
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Why does Tor not pre-include Privacy Badger or Disconnect add-ons?

Adding plugins almost always creates as many issues at it solves (assuming those things needed solving in the first place). While I wasn't able to locate anything on Disconnect, I remembered that ...
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is it safe to download files through TOR?

Yes, it is safe to download files. However, it is almost never safe to open them outside of Tor Browser or a special environment. Even non-executable files (documents, videos, audio files, etc) can ...
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Is Tor network traceable

Tor connections are in general secure. However for a global adversary it would be possible to trace a Tor connection back to a user. It is not known whether such a global adversary exists or if ...
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How did the FBI find the IP address of the Freedom Hosting servers?

According to this FAQ from the EFF, Freedom Host had a publicly visible IP address that allowed the FBI to physically seize their server: In December 2014, the FBI received a tip from a foreign law ...
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Sending anonymous email

StartMail, https://www.startmail.com/ Cost: US$59.95 per year. StartMail never records and never saves your IP address. Your connection is via secure HTTPS encryption. StartMail has built-in PGP ...
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Tor + I2P on a system and Is I2P better than TOR?

Answering in the context of the edit (accessing clearnet): Tor is better than I2P for accessing clearnet, because that is what it was originally designed for. Exit nodes are a fundamental part of the ...
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Using Orfox/Orbot with ExpressVPN for Android

Looks good to me. If you connect to the VPN first, all of your internet traffic goes to the VPN. When you connect to the Tor network (after connecting to the VPN), your traffic does something like ...
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How can BitTorrent traffic be anonymized with Tor?

In theory, it doesn't compromise it any more than torrenting already does. What you should be wary of is cross-contamination, fetching a torrent over Tor then loading into your torrent client. The ...
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How can a .onion url be routed on the internet on the right server?

From https://gitweb.torproject.org/torspec.git/tree/rend-spec.txt, section 0.2: Bob->Bob's OP: "Offer IP:Port as public-key-name:Port". [configuration] (We do not specify this step; it is ...
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Tor as a Chrome/Firefox extension Plugin?

The Torbutton - which is a major part of the Tor Browser - is effectively a Firefox extension. However, it can only be used as part of the Tor Browser itself, rather than be added to a vanilla Firefox ...
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How can I connect to my vps through Tor?

All traffic issues from within Whonix-Workstation will either be routed through Tor or not routed at all. It's the very core of what Whonix is good for.
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Did Google discover my Tor Route?

GeoIP targeting is not 100% accurate, it's pretty normal behaviour of any IP-to-geo location service.
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How to best avoid having unencrypted information logged by an exit node, if encrypted connection is not an option?

You do not have a 'best option' here the way you describe it. However - playing it over tor makes sure your real IP stays hidden. The exit node does not get to know your IP, but as you say - the exit ...
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Anonymity on TOR : DisconnectMe versus DuckDuckGo

The answer is "Whichever you prefer". You should not blindly trust in privacy policies and promises of not recording IPs. These promises are what is known as "Privacy-by-Policy", that is to say: they ...
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What happens if I open .onion links on Chrome or Firefox?

I've no idea how your "VPN extension" loaded the onion but I have heard of some VPN providers who will proxy .onion. In these cases the VPN provider gets to see all your traffic to the onion,...
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