In this case, Google is not interested in the fact that you are using Tor. Google runs some analysis on search queries and they sometimes produce this result.
The background is that Google has to deal with all sorts of abuse; for example, some people send lots of queries in a short timespan to overload the servers. Google checks for this and presents the ...
So, does Google already know that I am using the Tor Browser?
Google (and any other website) has the ability to know that you are a Tor user because the list of Tor exit relays is public.
Google (and any other website) has the ability to know that you are using Tor Browser because of it's browser fingerprint.
Should I do something at my end.
No. Nothing ...
It is easy for any website owner to know you are using Tor because the list of Tor exit nodes is publicly available. Google has said they are not specifically targeting Tor users by making them solve captchas. Rather it is because each exit node sends so much traffic to Google that the traffic patterns seem similar to those of a bot, which would also send a ...
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 server's side - that one single IP address (the exit node) generates too many requests per time and a different requests/user sessions, so it can interpret it as ...
Additionally to Lutz Horn.
There is tor2web. wiki.tor2web.org
Tor2web Project Goal is to allow transparent internet exposure of
websites running on Tor Hidden Services .
E.g. Yahoo, keep onion sites in cache.
Google does not let Tor users search without a CAPTCHA. Fortunatelly, there are some alternative search engines, which are more primittive on this topic:
Search engines with compact front pages are more convenient through Tor because they load faster.
From the TOR FAQ:
Google makes me solve a CAPTCHA or tells me I have ...
It depends on what user data you're entering into that website's forms. If your email address is email@example.com, and Google knows that your real name is Bob Smith, and you login to that email account using Tor, then you lose your anonymity. In other words, that target site, gmail.com, now knows exactly who you are, and if the system administrators are ...
You can't do anything better because Tor is build for providing effective anonymity for everyone.
When you are using Gmail with Tor, Google see a bunch of logins from different places. Thats why Google is suspicious of the location you are logging in from. Tor is slow because your traffic is bouncing through volunteers' computers in various parts of the ...
Yes. This for me happens only with Tor. I have tested multiple VPN and browser configs and the only combination that got the "please try again" error was Tor. Furthermore sometimes even when the captcha is solved I get the message "That reCAPTCHA did not work. Please try again."
Google uses your geoip location to provide a webpage with that language. If you get Google.com in French that means you're exiting from an exit node in France. To solve this try to use https://encrypted.google.com/?gl=us or just https://www.google.com/?gl=us
CodesInChaos is correct.
When you visit a website they can view the IP address you connect from. That is how Google views your IP address, as for the captcha your browser connects to Google's servers. When you connect to a site they can see your IP address, regardless if you enter a captcha or not.
I have also had this issue, but have been able to resolve it by installing a "Google US" Search Engine. You can do this by going to http://mycroftproject.com/google-search-plugins.html and choosing the third option "Google"
You should then see the option to add the Search Engine. You also have the option to set it as the default.
I hope this helps!
The first thing to do - if it doesn't compromise you in any way - is to check these things work without Tor.
The Google Talk client on Windows is no longer supported - it's not a problem with Tor.
"As of February 2015, the Windows client ceased to work..." (Wikipedia)
With regards to the old Google "Chat" interface in Gmail, this has moved over to Hangouts,...
If the captcha is via CloudFlare you're probably out of luck. I've got through 30+ captchas and then gave up. It's a known issue that CloudFlare seems very reluctant to remedy. It's not a Google issue (this time).
Requesting a new circuit will get you exactly that -- a new circuit. It does not mean that Tor won't pick the same exit again, and it will not clean any cookies. It is trivial then of course for a site to recognize you again.
What you want and what was already suggested is "New Identity". Unfortunately, Tor Browser currently has to restart to get you a ...
Enable the "High" Security Setting in the TorButton, go to https://ipv4.google.com, enter you search engine, and you will get a much simpler captcha (only text), and your search query will most likely work. (from my experience)
Additionally to what jmort253 said, this also depends on your use-case and your threat-model.
You use the TorBrowser only to circumvent local censorship and protect your log-in credentials by logging in over https and don't fear to get arrested for posting on Facebook?
Then you can safely use it. Local observers see you connecting to the Tor network. ...
This site and many others show advertisement. The task of Tor Browser is to make sure that those sites can't access your information. So they can't access cookies which come from other tabs or sessions. So using Tor Browser strengthens your anonymity.
When you close the browser and re-enter the website, it looks a new visitor went to the site. This is ...
It's impossible for the middle to know you were visiting GMail. It didn't go rouge.
It's likely Google uses a different GeoIP database than Tor Browser. When Google saw an exit that's allegedly in France, Tor Browser might be thinking the exit is allegedly in Germany. Just as an example.
It was you that triggered the alert because you're coming from the ...
2nd point: it's as simple as hell to give you one cookie/tracker to merge it. The tracking itself may be not a trivial task, but Tor Browser is a browser after all, so it can not defeat some fingerprinting techniques as all the other browsers. To be 100% sure of splitting two sessions use two dedicated VM's with browsers in them and use per-client chain ...
Google and Facebook run commercial services. They can block whoever they want to for whatever reason. If they wanted to block all Tor users, for no reason whatsoever, then that would be their prerogative. All the Tor community can do is to lobby them - through organisations such as the EFF - and ask them kindly not to.
My question: Are you actively ...
It's probably in your HTTP_ACCEPT headers. See
If you can see your language there, so can other sites you visit. Mine says:
HTTP_ACCEPT: Headers text/html, */* gzip, deflate en-US,en;q=0.5
As per @CodesInChaos comment:
Google gets to know a user's IP.Citation needed
Nothing in the article you linked indicates that Google learns anything except the exit node's IP, which the webmaster can see without involving google.