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How can website server recognize incoming Tor or VPN connection?

The list of exit nodes is well known so it's trivial for any system to look up into that list and see if any incoming connection comes from any of them.
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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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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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Anonymity behind VPN/TOR

I'd recommend just using Tor. The VPN is probably being recognized, not you. If needed, use bridges. The VPN destroy Tor purpose
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Me -> My own VPN -> Tor

Removing the reverse DNS doesn't matter because what the DNS used to be is sitting around in, for example the Rapid7 Sonar scans. They regularly scan the entire IPv4 address space's PTR records and ...
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Send all OpenVPN traffic through TOR?

To rephrase what you are saying: you'd like to establish a VPN tunnel and then use Tor to connect to external hosts across that tunnel. You can achieve this by running Tor on the VPN server and ...
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How to use tor exit node and VPN to break through GFW in China?

I'm not familiar with Tor, but I suppose you just want to go through the GFW in China with a VPS server.(Hong Kong Server is ok) Most people in China nowadays use SS(shadowsocks)/SSR/V2ray to get ...
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Is this setup to send anonymous email secure?

When you go to the place with the open wifi, you should additionally check if the place is physically secure. This means no cameras, no people who could shoulder-surf etc. Furthermore if you connect ...
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VPN software with Tor?

VPN is not secure to use with tor: VPN are not anonymity networks, because the administrators of the VPN can know both where you are connecting from and where you are connecting to. Tor ...
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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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Tor fuctionality on XP home service pack 2

What about trying the operating system called "Tails" on a live usb drive? It works with older hardware too. You can save XP on the computer. Nothing happens and anything you do will not be saved on ...
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Combining Mullvad VPN, Kali Linux, and Whonix Gateway; what is the level on anonymity?

The VPN will add little to nothing and possible even harm your anonymity. There is an entire wiki written on this. You will hear this over and over from the Tor team: Generally speaking, we don't ...
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how to use TOR combined with a VPN

Just connect your vpn software and then after your vpn software is connected open tor.
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Is it recommended that we use a VPN along with Tor?

VPN need to hide the fact of using tor from your ISP but you can simply use obfs bridges
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Why does TOR leak IP through Bittorrent and Flash while VPNs don't?

A BitTorrent client learns its actual IP Address through port mapping protocols. It uses NAT - PMP, PCP and uPnP for external IP Address discovery. To join a torrent, a client sends an announce ...
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How can I send all my VPN outgoing traffic to TOR

You should just run Tor on the local system after connecting to the VPN. The reason for this is that the Tor data will be encrypted before it reaches your VPN server, making the connection between ...
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Is this setup to send anonymous email secure?

Tor is your best bet. There are free email providers that you can access over Tor. By using their webmail client, over Tor, they will not know your real IP address - only the IP address of the last ...
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What happens if I open .onion links on Chrome or Firefox?

It will ask your dns server about wahteveroniondomain.onion, the dns server will have your ip and your isp could know about this request (DNS is not encrypted and often times your ISP runs the dns ...
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Using Orbot to mask network traffic

Technically this kind of thing can be done through a pluggable transport. I'm not aware of anyone actually having done this specifically. It probably wouldn't work very well, a curious observer would ...
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Is this setup to send anonymous email secure?

That sounds secure to me. When you sign up for an email service, make sure not to give any identifying information away. You'll find that a lot of email providers require you to give your phone number,...
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How can one avoid Tor correlation attacks?

As boring as it may sound, I think the most you can do is to use as much default torrc settings as possible. Don't manually pick relays for example. Oh, and use TorBrowser instead of setting up ...
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Usage of public VPN before TOR

With public VPN we hide from ISP that we are using TOR If an ISP carefully observed VPN traffic, it could discern that you were using Tor over the VPN. It might provide plausible cover to a casual ...
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Using Paypal with Tor---Ooopsy!

I do not believe you have blown your anonymity within the Tor network. You do not have an IP address for yourself but rather the IP addresses of all exit relays is shared among all people in the Tor ...
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Have a Tor Relay working from a VPN providers address. What if I change cities?

If you change your IP, your relay will be "down" until the next consensus is published with an updated IP address. It won't be able to be used until the next consensus is published at the top of the ...
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Tor Browser is updated even when it is not open?

Automatic updates are only done while Tor Browser is running. Just make sure it is not running while your VPN is off.
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Orbot Apps VPN Mode - data leakage?

Use your own software AP and tcpdump to verify it. In my case it worked fine, but not on device boot-up In Tor it's impossible to make MitM unless you're doing it directly at the point of dot-onion ...
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A government in Asia wants to pass a law making it illegal to use a VPN

I recommend you to use obfs4 bridges. You can use https://bridges.torproject.org/ (most recommended), but if you are too scared or this website is blocked, try to send e-mail from Gmail.com, riseup....
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How to map public static IP addresses to Hidden Services?

This is a pretty simple task, just to answer the question, here is how you'd do it.... But before you read how, repeat after me: "I should never actually do this!" Hypothetically, if this ...
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Plans for integrated (and free) VPN support from within Tor Browser?

VPNs are terrible from an anonymity perspective. This is my own write-up on the issue, I'm going to address a few specific points of your question too since they are badthink that needs to be purged ...
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Plans for integrated (and free) VPN support from within Tor Browser?

Actually, it's technically impossible to keep browser a privacy-oriented and having a VPN support from within it. The VPN itself, however, can be elaborated in other network layers - but defenately ...
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