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Your guard node and especially your exit node have a lot of power. The guard node knows who you are, or at least some basic information about you such as your IP. The exit node sees all your DNS queries, where your traffic is going, and can monitor all unencrypted traffic. Because of this, it's important there's an attempt to separate the guard node from the ...


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The set of guard nodes and, more importantly, the set of exit nodes, is a relatively small proportion of the total nodes in the Tor network. If there were no middle nodes, then the chances are much higher that you might end up using nodes controlled (or controllable) by an adversary.


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It is significantly harder to correlate logs from 2 + n nodes than 2 nodes.


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