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You can use ExitNodes in your torrc to set a country code, but it wouldn't be the best solution to your request. Streaming Netflix over Tor would be incredibly slow and actually have a fairly negative effect on the network just to let you watch a few extra TV shows. Your best option would probably be to set up a VPN in the country of your choosing. This ...


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As so often in anonymity, it boils down to a tradeoff between security and usability. JavaScript certainly doesn't have an excellent track record from a security point of view and disabling it will save you from a bunch of nasty attacks. But whether we like it or not, it's a crucial usability part of today's Internet. Disabling it in the Tor Browser Bundle ...


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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 ...


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The following excerpts from the Tor Project Manual should tell you everything you need to know: ExitNodes node,node,… A list of identity fingerprints, nicknames, country codes and address patterns of nodes to use as exit node---that is, a node that delivers traffic for you outside the Tor network. Note that if you list too few nodes here, or ...


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There are several anonymity concerns when you use your main machine for communication. Running a separate secured OS will give you advantages when you use other software with Tor than just the Firefox in the Tor Browser Bundle which is considerably secured. The separate secured OS can also help you against possible information leak vulnerabilities in Firefox....


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This should not be considered an authoritative answer, but my best guess is: Most users do not have Do Not Track enabled. So enabling it makes your traffic stand out and makes you more uniquely fingerprintable. As bastik points out in another answer, the Tor Browser maintainer seems to agree. Do Not Track is technically advisory only; web sites are under no ...


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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 ...


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Try to get bridges from BridgeDB or sending an email to bridges@torproject.org and add it to your Tor Browser Bundle. Make sure you add at least one bridge with port number 443 and one with a random port. If bridges didn't help, you need Pluggable Transport Bundle. This way it's much harder for your firewall to detect connections to Tor network. Happy ...


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First make sure your clock, date, and timezone are set correctly. Also check the log for any issues. Many sites has gone down, and are not online anymore that are linked to all over the place. Then try some of the sites that are hosted by big providers with the most amount of uptime. Some examples are: Facebook DuckDuckGo If these sites work, then I'd ...


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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 ...


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Go to privacy setting and change the history setting to "remember history" and then "remember passwords for sites" will no longer be greyed out.


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as the saying goes, anonymity likes company. so by installing ABP you're essentially sticking out of the TBB crowd more than a regular user, as your browser does not behave exactly like the others. see https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser/design/ 2.3 #5 Users are free to install these addons if they wish, but doing so is not recommended, as it ...


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Tor provides a SOCKS proxy by default. Whatever you've configured to use Tor is trying to use it as an HTTP proxy which is a different kind of proxy protocol. Tor (at least as of 0.3.2.x) can provide an HTTPTunnelPort which provides an HTTP CONNECT proxy interface. If the application is capable of using an HTTP connect proxy (instead of a transparent HTTP ...


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How do I control the things that Vidalia did?(bridges, start and stop tor) Starting the TorBrowser starts (launches) Tor and closing the TorBrowser closes (exits) Tor. All traffic from the TorBrowser is supposed to go through Tor. Upon first launch of the extracted bundle you have two choices, either you connect to the Tor network directly or you change ...


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This method launches multiple Tor instances, each with its own SocksPort and ControlPort. This ensures that the Tor Browsers are fully functional, portable, and self-contained. However, someone should confirm that I haven't missed anything that could compromise TBs security. Optional: Download, verify, and install Tor Browser. Make copies of the Tor ...


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Short Answer: There is no advantage to using TBB as root, but there are significant risks. Longer Answer: It is a generally accepted practice that userland applications (ie: application that are not system services) should not be run using a privileged account. This is to help ensure integrity and isolation of potentially harmful applications from core ...


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Some advantages and some concerns to point out, partly in reference to pabouk's answer: Good Stuff When you run a Tor VM, chances are high that the VM software is based on some operating system other than Windows. Because Windows still has a huge market share, most publicly-known software vulnerabilities target Windows, and most man-hours spent researching ...


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No, you shouldn't pick a new guard. Your guard is still working. If it doesn't handle any circuits, Tor automatically shifts to a different one. You should let Tor do its path selection. Those messages are new in Tor 0.2.4.x, and the goal is to help detect anonymity attacks called "path bias attacks". You can read more details at Ticket 5458, but the basic ...


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Tor Browser Bundle uses the Data/Tor/torrc file inside its own directory. From Tor Project FAQ: If you installed Tor Browser Bundle, look for Data/Tor/torrc inside your Tor Browser Bundle directory. Core Tor puts the torrc file in /usr/local/etc/tor/torrc if you compiled Tor from source, and /etc/tor/torrc or /etc/torrc if you installed a pre-...


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The recommended way to upgrade, unfortunately, is to export your bookmarks et al, unpack the new TBB into a new directory, and import your bookmarks there. Most of the time it is safe to just unpack the new TBB over the old one, but every once in a while it will break things in a confusing way (for example, the last breakage changed the SocksPort and since ...


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From the Tor Blog's release post: In terms of user-facing changes from TBB 2.x, the 3.x series primarily features the replacement of Vidalia with a Firefox-based Tor controller called Tor Launcher. This has resulted in a vast decrease in startup times, and a vast increase in usability. Vidalia is still available for download as Bridge/Relay/Exit bundles ...


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"...Windows is full of key-loggers, Trojans and..." is a bit overblown. In general, the chances of a Windows box being infected with malware are higher than a Linux box. Mainly because Windows is a very popular target. Since Windows is closed source, as opposed to Linux which is open source, you (the user/consumer) can not tell what key-logging, screen-...


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Yes. The Tor program caches its directory information -- and it does it the same way inside TBB as it does in, say, the Tor debian package. You can see the files in Data/Tor/ in your tor-browser directory. These files are documented in the Tor man page, under the "FILES" section towards the end. The most interesting two for Tor 0.2.3.x and 0.2.4.x are: ...


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The Tor Browser Bundle ships with Javascript enabled because disabling Javascript disrupts the user experience and even usability of such a significant portion of the internet. That being said, you should disable Javascript unless you absolutely need it to access a specific site! See also the FAQ entry: Why is NoScript configured to allow JavaScript by ...


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The pluggable transport bundles include FlashProxy and Obfsproxy, to let users get around censors who are trying to block access to the Tor network. You can read more about pluggable transports here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/pluggable-transports.html.en The pluggable transport bundles come pre-configured with a handful of bridge addresses, which is ...


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Attempting to answer this specific question here, which perhaps will shed some light on the other points: Can somebody explain how the check.tp.o query works, for normal users, so its clear why this happens The Torproject keeps -- and makes available -- an updated list of all of the relay and bridge nodes that are currently running. So the torcheck app ...


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Tor Browser Bundle tries to leaves no trace on the filesystem, but there are several limitations. As documented in the most recent analysis (as of Sept, 2013), there are several places TBB leaves a trace on the filesystem, usually due to Operating System mechanics and not due to TBB's fault itself. TBB can't avoid writing memory to disk in a swap space ...


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Plugins like Adobe Flash and Java are disabled by default in TorBrowser. This is due to the fact that they are outside of Tor developers' control, and contain known problems which can be used to coerce your real IP address from your browser. If you still want to use these plugins, you can visit about:addons, click the Plugins tab, and change "Never Activate"...


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Tor, sometimes called little-t-tor, is the core of the Tor Project's software. It acts as a SOCKS proxy and anonymizes your connection. You can set up Tor in your torrc. This file is either in the directory /etc/tor when Tor is installed as a system-wide daemon or it is in your local home directory when you use the Tor Browser. Tor Browser is a browser (...


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Instructions: Download an existing 'opensearch' XML file for one of the DuckDuckGo provider add-ons, such as the 'Lite' version (or the 'html' version which is also non-JS by default): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duckduckgo-lite/ or https:// addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/duckduckgo-html/. Do it by right-clicking on the 'Download ...


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